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How to increase energy and motivation: my experience

How to increase energy and motivation: my experience

How to increase energy and motivation: my experience

When I used to weigh way more than 150 pounds (that’s 70, in kilograms), I also used to feel fatigued most of the time. However, it didn’t really bother me that much, because I was literally used to being tired, so this, for me, used to be something normal.


Walking to the closest supermarket made me gasp for air! I needed to take naps in the afternoon. Whenever I had some free time, I didn’t have the energy to go for a walk without having to sit on a bench to catch my breath or at least clean the house properly without taking lots of breaks. I got tired too quickly, I had forgotten what feeling energized actually means.


Luckily, I got mad at myself. There was definitely a time in my life when I used to have so much energy, I felt like a bunny rabbit on batteries! Of course, those were my teen years so I either had to invent a time machine and go back in time or – the more realistic approach – start looking for methods to boost my energy!


I have done a lot of searching and reading online about this stuff, and I have to say, most of what I found are BS methods. I mean, really, staring at something red will boost my energy?


How?


Why don’t all these articles backup their theory? If you take a look at this article, you’ll see that red does help, IF you are exercising! So, in reality, the keyword here is exercise!


So, having experimented some methods on myself, I discovered that giving yourself an energy boost is possible! And the methods are, more or less, pretty easy.


1. Diet changes are the best thing you can do to increase your energy levels

2. Start a more active lifestyle


ways to boost your energy … or the first change you should do.

Eating all sorts of unhappy meals, with no nutritional value may make you feel full, but it won’t help much if you want to have more energy to enjoy life every day.


So, what I personally did was cut out the bad foods and introduce good foods in my diet.


It’s best to cut out: unnecessary carbs (I still eat white pasta, but not as often as before), sweets (I still eat chocolate, but not a whole tablet in a day), unhealthy salty snacks (for good. I replaced them with seeds & nuts), fried foods and so on.


It’s good to add these to your diet: whole grains, fruit, vegetables, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish, leafy greens, walnuts… more fish), and everything else that is actually healthy.


Related to diet changes, let’s talk about breakfast. It’s important. I used to skip it and “forcing” myself to eat breakfast all of a sudden was a nightmare. But soon enough I realized… after eating breakfast, I have a lot more energy! I don’t get hungry anymore at 9 – 10 a.m. which means I don’t get tired anymore before lunch, which also means I eat less food for lunch! I also had less cravings once I got used to eating breakfast in the morning.


2. Start a more active lifestyle

2. Start a more active lifestyle


ways to boost your energy exercise . Sports. Or exercise, call it whatever you want.


The main idea is that exercise will help you boost your energy in no time!


Personally, I noticed that doing cardio exercises helps the most!


Some people recommend stretching, that’s good too but I get bored easily so that’s not for me. But it could be for you! Stretching, walking, yoga… anything works, as long as you keep moving.


At first, maintaining a daily or weekly exercise routine may seem difficult. Or, in my case, it used to feel impossible. I wasn’t even able to go through the first 10 minutes of some YouTube exercise videos! But practice makes perfect! The more you exercise, the more you boost your metabolism and the more energy you will have!


3. Spend more time outside and socialize

3. Spend more time outside and socialize

ways to boost your energy socialize outside . In the end, science says that the levels of energy that ‘define’ us are related to endorphins.


Endorphines are released when we exercise, during sex (which is also sort of a form of exercise) and, in general, while doing pleasant activities. The outside is always pleasant and, since we are human beings, we definitely need social contact!


So, simply going for a walk on a sunny day should be enough to make you feel better and energized. Insert a friend and a cup of coffee in the equation, you’ll definitely get a great boost of energy for the day!


These are my personal favorite methods for boosting my energy. They really do work! 


What do YOU do to increase your energy levels every day? 

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