This 10-Minute Activity Will Give You More Energy Than Coffee

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When do you notice your energy levels dropping? For me, it’s around 2pm. I just notice my focus and concentration slipping away. This is usually the time when you can find me staring into space or reaching for a snack to boost my mood. If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ll reach for it during those moments, when nothing can lift you but sweet, sweet caffeine.

What if I told you that there was a way to boost those energy levels without overdoing your caffeine levels?

Get more energy without spending a dime

Save your pennies, don’t spend money on a coffee and don’t spend five minutes stood next to the coffee machine either. A recent study suggests all you need to do is walk. So during your lunch break, give yourself time to have a ten-minute walk. Not only does it increase appetite, burn calories, and give you a nice breath of fresh air, but it will give you as much energy as a cup of coffee! Surprising, right? It’s something most of us don’t think about, I know I spend a lot of my lunches sitting right in front of the computer, but maybe it’s time to close the laptop and get out there!

Change your scenery 

Stepping outside will change your scenery, often when you get that energy dip you’ve been trying to work on the same task for too long. If you can’t go outside, try to walk up and down stairs or in a corridor for five minutes. While you walk you can give your brain some much-needed space and come back to it. If you lose energy before lunch, you might need to upgrade the breakfasts you’ve been eating. Opt for slow releasing carbs, or something loaded with potassium like a banana, and try to keep focus and energy by taking deep breaths every so often.

Increase your oxygen levels

Any form of exercise boosts energy. Walking increases the oxygen supply to every cell in your body, which makes you feel way more alert. It might be better for you than reaching for a coffee anyway, as you don’t want to give your body too much caffeine, especially if you feel stressed or anxious. Luckily, you can always head out during lunch and hit the pavement. When you return, you’ll feel as though you’re starting the day all over again instead of feeling like you’ve been sitting in one position all day.

Boost your mood 

Walking also boosts your mood, it’s been proven to be just as effective as antidepressants in some mild cases of depression, which is surprising! Meaning it’s the perfect activity for a Monday morning when you might be feeling just a little bit off your A-game. It releases feel-good endorphins and reduces stress and anxiety. So now you know what to do before your big meeting or performance review!

LET’S CHAT:

Surprised at just what walking can do for you? How are you going to swap your coffee for an office walk?


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photo: Gunjan

 

When do you notice your energy levels dropping? For me, it’s around 2pm. I just notice my focus and concentration slipping away. This is usually the time when you can find me staring into space or reaching for a snack to boost my mood. If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ll reach for it during those moments, when nothing can lift you but sweet, sweet caffeine.

What if I told you that there was a way to boost those energy levels without overdoing your caffeine levels?

Get more energy without spending a dime

Save your pennies, don’t spend money on a coffee and don’t spend five minutes stood next to the coffee machine either. A recent study suggests all you need to do is walk. So during your lunch break, give yourself time to have a ten-minute walk. Not only does it increase appetite, burn calories, and give you a nice breath of fresh air, but it will give you as much energy as a cup of coffee! Surprising, right? It’s something most of us don’t think about, I know I spend a lot of my lunches sitting right in front of the computer, but maybe it’s time to close the laptop and get out there!

Change your scenery 

Stepping outside will change your scenery, often when you get that energy dip you’ve been trying to work on the same task for too long. If you can’t go outside, try to walk up and down stairs or in a corridor for five minutes. While you walk you can give your brain some much-needed space and come back to it. If you lose energy before lunch, you might need to upgrade the breakfasts you’ve been eating. Opt for slow releasing carbs, or something loaded with potassium like a banana, and try to keep focus and energy by taking deep breaths every so often.

Increase your oxygen levels

Any form of exercise boosts energy. Walking increases the oxygen supply to every cell in your body, which makes you feel way more alert. It might be better for you than reaching for a coffee anyway, as you don’t want to give your body too much caffeine, especially if you feel stressed or anxious. Luckily, you can always head out during lunch and hit the pavement. When you return, you’ll feel as though you’re starting the day all over again instead of feeling like you’ve been sitting in one position all day.

Boost your mood 

Walking also boosts your mood, it’s been proven to be just as effective as antidepressants in some mild cases of depression, which is surprising! Meaning it’s the perfect activity for a Monday morning when you might be feeling just a little bit off your A-game. It releases feel-good endorphins and reduces stress and anxiety. So now you know what to do before your big meeting or performance review!

LET’S CHAT:

Surprised at just what walking can do for you? How are you going to swap your coffee for an office walk?


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  • Taking walks is always so rejuvenating, especially after sitting all day =o)

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    • Lisa Collins

      We’re glad you agree! So many people turn to just sitting and drinking coffee, but I find actually going out and having a walk around does so much more for my energy levels than coffee. I also love green tea for energy, do you have any suggestions for boosting energy?

  • Great idea- I love going for walks for a quick break!

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    • Lisa Collins

      We always make sure to go for a walk on our lunch break, not only does it mean more steps, but it does really help to get some fresh air when you’re sat inside all day long! Do you have any tips yourself, Diana?

  • Walks are so rejuvenating – thank you for the reminder!
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    • Lisa Collins

      We’re glad you like the article Jessica! Walks are rejuvenating and can really help to set your mind back to working after a break. Do you have any tips on how to boost energy?