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I don’t know what it is, but things have been crazy here since we got our vacation rental up and running – coupled with a family visit.
I’ve been keeping busy with my freelance clients, blogging, running our rental, and planning get-togethers with family and friends. It’s hard to find time to fit everything in while aiming to cook a meal from scratch, making sure I’m hitting the gym for 30 minutes, and trying to get my 10,000+ steps.
Sure, I put a lot of pressure on myself – but my main goal was to make my health a priority this year and start putting myself first.
So cooking, meal prepping and eating well is my first priority, followed by three 30-minute strength-training workouts every week. Family comes next, and work comes after that. It’s super important to me that I keep my energy levels up throughout the day and avoid burnout.
I know I can’t do everything or be everything to everyone everyday – but I’m trying as hard as I can to get it all done. So I wanted to share my 5 tips on how to keep your energy levels up throughout the day so you can get everything done:
1) Stay Hydrated
This is a big one. If I don’t drink two big glasses of lemon water as soon as I wake-up, my whole day is thrown off. I actually feel the difference. I like getting hydrated as soon as I’m awake and get as much water into my system as possible.
Staying hydrated will keep you from feeling groggy and helps ensure that your body is functioning at its optimal level. Make sure you’re sipping on water throughout the day and you get at least 8 glasses.
2) Avoid Sweets + Desserts
It’s tempting to reach for that big cookie at 4 pm – but avoid it if you can! Sweets and desserts will inevitably lead you to feeling tired after it wears off. If you’re craving something sweet, have some apple slices or fresh fruit instead and see how you feel.
3) Go For a Walk at Lunch
When I feel like I’m nodding off or just tired, I convince myself to go for a little walk around the block to get some fresh air. Sometimes just stretching my legs and giving my brain a mental break gets my energy levels back up.
It’s also a great way to get your 10,000+ steps in!
4) Pack a Protein-Based Snack
Instead of that afternoon coffee or sugary snack, reach for a protein-based snack to give you that natural boost of energy. I like cooking a big batch of hard-boiled eggs at the start of the week for this reason.
Peanut butter and apple slices, almonds, or a small serving of turkey and cheese are also great snack options for keeping your energy levels up.
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How do you keep your energy levels up when you’re having a busy week?
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