Is it just me, or do winters get longer with age? Today’s been the first in a while that I’ve got outside without a heavy coat—or any coat at all—and to be honest, it felt a little weird.
Sad, I know.
Winter can suck the energy right out of a person. The dark short days offer little motivation to do much of anything. But the light at the end of the tunnel has arisen and it’s time to wake up, get out, and get at it.
Of course, months of hibernation don’t exactly leave you feeling ready. As much as your brain might be saying “yes” to springtime, your body could have other plans.
Boosting energy is essential to your anti-aging plans and spring is a great time to remind your body how good it can feel. After a long winter, you might not be able to hit the ground running in March or April, but you can use this time to develop some energy-boosting routines.
Get some sunlight in the morning: One way to improve energy levels is to get some sunlight in the morning. If temperatures allow, get outside to drink your morning coffee or take a short walk. If it’s too cold, at least open the blinds and let the sun in. Sit close.
You can also try a light-up alarm clock to help regulate melatonin levels.
Sun exposure in the morning can help regulate your circadian rhythm and boost energy levels. Further, vitamin D levels may be a little low this year. Getting outside for direct exposure can bring levels back up to give your energy a boost.
Start with small bouts of activity: Activity is one of the best things you can do to boost energy. Scheduling, however, is very important. You don’t want to let adrenaline and ambition get the best of you and bite off too much too soon.
Instead, start small, maybe 15-30 minutes per day. It may tucker you out the first few days, but then you’ll likely notice that your energy will grow. Increase your output as the week’s progress. By the time summer comes, you should have plenty of energy.
Focus on freshness: Diet is also instrumental for energy levels. In the winter, it’s easy to skimp out on fruits and vegetables. Spring and summer, however, offer ample opportunity to get cheap, fresh, and nutrient-dense produce. As far as what to reach for, it’s really up to you.
Fiber-rich items can also keep energy up, as can “complex” carbohydrates like oats, sweet potato, and whole grains.
Getting into the habit of energy-boosting routines can help you get the most from the season and get you ready to feel great this summer. Try these hacks and live your best life.