If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, or if fatigue has suddenly and unfortunately taken over, you should know that we hear you and we want to help. The first step is turning around any health flaws, such as nutritional or vitamin deficiencies, lack of sleep, and poor circulation, to increase vitality. After all, vitality is the essential quality of life that helps us develop and thrive as the powerful beings that we are. Take a look at seven ways to get your blood pumping and your energy levels flowing:
Alternative therapies like qigong, meditation, and yoga are known for enhancing our energy flow and restoring good health to our bodies. While those are important to consider, yoga’s sun salutations are especially something we push toward because each 12 asanas, or poses, increase vitality through stretching and twisting our core muscles. The sun salutations also make for great morning exercises, so give the Mountain Pose, Raised Arms Pose, Upward-Facing Dog Pose, or Standing Forward Fold Pose a try the next time you wake up!
Boost motivation to exercise
Exercise and energy go together like macaroni and cheese, and when we exercise regularly, we are boosting our energy levels and improving our mood. And it doesn’t have to be an hour-long, sweating profusely type of exercise either. Simple cardio like a 15- to 30-minute walk can get our blood pumping and oxygen moving through our bodies! For exercises that really do the trick, Fitness Magazine lists 8 energy-boosting, muscle-toning moves that don’t require sneakers or equipment, including the Air Guitar, Charlie’s Angel, Tuck and Extend, Rock the Boat, and Thread the Needle!
Load up on protein
Am I right when I say there’s nothing better than a high-protein meal to satisfy and energize the body and mind? Well, there’s a few things, but protein ranks high up there. What’s great is that we have a tasty selection of foods to choose from, such as greens like collards, kale, spinach, and dandelion, and super greens like spirulina and wheatgrass. In addition to those, we have high-protein dairies like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and eggs, meat like steak, chicken breast, and turkey breast, and seafood like salmon, tilapia, and halibut. And don’t forget about peanut butter and mixed nuts!
Use vitamin D for drive
Probably one of the most underrated vitamins out there, vitamin D is highly useful in improving energy and performance and increasing bone health. All you need is approximately 15 minutes of sun each day, whether that’s from breathing fresh air or exercising in the sunlight. In fact, several research studies have proven that vitamin D from the sun can improve muscle function, enhance mood, and boost energy levels. In connection, a study conducted by Netherlands researchers demonstrated that low levels of vitamin D are associated with low physical performance. OK, say no more!
Turn up the heat
Spices are used to bring on all the flavors, but did you know they can also give us energy boosts? Full of antioxidants and powerful anti-inflammatory properties, spices like curry powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon are just what we need to get through the day! And the dose doesn’t matter—any amount can help you improve your health, energy, and concentration. Add the curry powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper to soups, stews, or sauces, and sprinkle the cinnamon over apples or oatmeal.
Catch those important zzz’s
Sleep is where the good stuff happens. When we close our eyes and fall into that dreaming kind of sleep, we are repairing and rejuvenating for the day ahead. Seems easy enough, right? Well, for some, yes, but others have difficulty sleeping, which often hurts their energy levels. So, in order to get the most hours of beneficial sleep, we must carry out some important steps like soothing the nervous system and avoiding any blue light. You can find more tips on calming the body and mind for a good night’s sleep in a HealingRadiusPro blog post, ways to relax after a hard day’s work.
Visit the HealingRadius online marketplace
What if we said healthy living is waiting for you at the touch of a button? It is when you visit HealingRadius for alternative healing solutions and ways to increase your vitality and overall well-being. One option is using our online marketplace to find wellness centers and independent therapists, specifically near you. Another is referring to our blog, which is a hub of wellness-related information that gives tips and tricks on maintaining a healthy, happy, and holistic lifestyle, such as nutritious recipes. As you’ve read, simple ingredients and spices can really go a long way!
We are implementing those strategies as soon as we leave the office tonight. And since we love learning with you guys, please leave any tips or tricks that have helped you increase your vitality in the comment section below. Here’s to living healthy and holistically!
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.