Stay Energized
From caffeine to energy drinks, we all have our own quick “hacks” for injecting a little bit more energy into our days. After all, it’s pretty difficult to get much of anything done when the bulk of your concentration is devoted to simply keeping your eyes open. But quick, over the counter, barista-approved remedies are rarely the most effective energy boosters, and they can often lead to even bigger crashes throughout the day. Like most health solutions, the key to stay energized at work requires techniques that are a little more comprehensive.

1. Eat

Remember how your teachers always used to encourage you to eat a healthy, protein-rich breakfast before a big exam (and, really, every day)? Breakfast is just as important now as it was back then, as it will get your brain all of the fuel it needs to dive into the day. In fact, despite what many fad diets will tell you, it’s also important to snack throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Of course, you want to go for healthy snacks like nuts and veggies rather than junk food, which can actually sap your energy.

2. Watch Your Posture

Sitting up straight isn’t just a matter of preserving the health of your musculoskeletal system (though it’s certainly that, too), it also helps open up your air passageways, which in turn keeps your blood and your brain properly oxygenated and ready to take on the day. Sitting up straight is also in a way a form of exercise, as it requires your core muscles to work hard to help you maintain that position. A good ergonomic workspace, complete with an ergonomic chair and a desk raise to a proper height, will help guide you into and maintain the right posture with ample support.

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3. Get Moving

Movement — any kind of movement, really — is a great way to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping right to your brain. This could be as simple as getting up from your seat to stretch your back, or as intense as pausing midday for a trip to the gym. Even walking to the water cooler is a good way to add a little pep into your step. Just be sure to get up when that head starts nodding and shake things up.

For more great tips, we highly recommend reading, Top 10 Tricks for a Healthier, High-Energy Workday.

How do you stay energized throughout the day? Let us know your pro tips in the comments below.