Today’s 24-7 lifestyle leaves little room for feeling slow or sluggish. We’re constantly on the go, juggling responsibilities and schedules. Meeting those demands requires extra energy. And yet that hectic lifestyle is what leaves most of us depleted — too much stress, not enough sleep, no time for exercise and a diet filled with caffeine and fast food.
To flip the energy switch from fatigued to fired-up, look at the choices you make in your everyday life. “Stress, excess weight, lack of exercise, too little sleep and a poor diet all undermine our levels of energy,” says Gordon Blackburn, PhD, program director of cardiac rehabilitation in preventive cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic. “Attacking any one of those areas will give us more energy. Ideally we should try to improve all five.”
It may sound like a lot to take on, especially when you already feel drained. But all these areas are interconnected. Find the key to one behavior and you’ll quickly unlock the door to improving them all.