Overcome your energy crisis—no caffeine required!

Pep yourself up without caffeineMore than half of Americans over the age of 18 drink at least one cup of coffee a day. To many, a big reason for the cup of joe is for the burst of energy that comes with it. But for those who aren’t keen on coffee (and those looking to cut back), here are five ways to get a natural boost of energy without depending on your morning mug:

1. Drink water. Dehydration is a big culprit when it comes to feeling fatigued because your bodies need fluids in order to operate efficiently. Start your day with a big glass of water and sip on a water bottle throughout the day (add some fruit if plain H2O is boring).

2. Fill your diet with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. A lack of protein can make you tired, so be sure you’re getting your fill through lean meats like turkey and chicken, egg whites and Greek yogurt. As for omega-3 fatty acids, the more you have, the better your brain functions. Incorporate salmon, spinach and broccoli in to your meals to get those motors running!

3. Take a quick walk. A full workout is sure to get you energized, but don’t underestimate a quick stroll around the block. In fact, 10 minutes of walking can get your heart rate up and give you just the boost you need to get through those next few hours.

4. Turn on some tunes. Though it sounds like it would be a distraction, music actually improves concentration and re-energizes your focus. Really need to get a jolt of awake? Close your office door and give yourself 4 minutes to play your favorite upbeat song – it’s sure to get you going!

5. Pep up with peppermint. The scent alone can kick you in to high gear, giving you the motivation and vigor you need during that mid-afternoon slump. You don’t need it to be the holidays to get in a whiff of candy cane–try peppermint tea, gum or lotion!



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