Even mild dehydration can adversely affect your energy level and concentration. Regular exercise can give you a short-term energy boost while also improving sleep quality. If you work a desk job, stand up and move once an hour to send more oxygen to the brain and increase alertness. Here are 7 energy-zapping habits that you can change today.

  1. You’re eating too much sugar: Refined carbohydrates like white bread and rice, chips, and cereal are a major source of sugar, too. This type of simple sugar is digested quickly by the body, leading to a dip in blood sugar levels that leaves you feeling fatigued. Be sure to replace refined carbs with whole grain varieties for a lasting energy boost.
  2. You aren’t exercising enough: Adding a workout to your daily routine will give you an energy boost. It improves sleep quality, which will leave you feeling more well rested.
  3. You’re skipping breakfast: It’s important to give your body good fuel to start the day after an extended period of fasting. Without this fuel, your body is running on empty – leaving you famished by lunchtime and more likely to make unhealthy choices that will cause that mid-afternoon dip in blood sugar. Try to combine healthy carbohydrates, like fruit, veggies, and whole grains, with a protein source, such as eggs, nuts, or dairy.
  4. You’re sitting too much: Not only sitting for prolonged periods of time is harmful to your health (just one hour of sitting affects your heart!), but it’s a major energy zapper as well. Standing up & moving for even a few minutes helps get your blood circulating through your body & increases the oxygen in your blood, sending more oxygen to your brain which increases alertness. If you work a desk job, try to move more to keep your blood pumping.
  5. You’re dehydrated: We all know the importance of drinking enough water and even mild dehydration can have adverse effects on your energy level, mood, and concentration. Aim for at least one glass of water per hour while sitting.
  6. You’re drinking too much caffeine.
  7. You have poor posture.

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