Try something more healthful to give yourself a little bit of a boost. Tons of activities and little life changes lead to sky-high energy levels that will last all day. The next time you’re feeling sluggish, turn to one of these strategies to get you going. No coffee required.
1. Eat breakfast
While many health professionals tout breakfast as the most important meal of the day, few seem to pay attention to that advice. According to a 2011 survey released by Kellogg, only 34% of adults in the U.S. regularly eat breakfast. That’s too bad, because those doctors aren’t making it up.
Breakfast is called breakfast for a reason: It’s the first time you’re eating after a prolonged period of digestion overnight. “By the time you wake up, your body and brain are demanding fresh fuel,” Harvard Medical School reports. The article goes on to suggest a number of options for breakfasts to boost energy, including Greek yogurt for protein and whole grains for fiber.
If having loads of energy isn’t reason enough to convert you, consider the other potential health benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, eating a morning meal reduces hunger, which can prevent overeating later in the day. That means fewer total calories and a slimmer waistline.