Metabolism controls every physiological aspect of your body. From moving around, thinking or even growing metabolism plays a vital role. While metabolism influences many things, including weight, fertility, recovery and performance – perhaps the most important influence is on energy levels.
Here are 5 ways you can naturally boost your metabolism to increase energy levels
Sleep is the best way to recharge your body. The quality of sleep impacts greatly on your metabolism. For good quality sleep try to reduce screen time and exposure to unnatural light post 7pm. The bright blue light can suppress melatonin also known as the sleep hormone. Don’t forget that sleep deprivation is accumulative and may take several days to weeks to rebalance. If you’re still feeling low on energy during the day, take a 30-minute nap mid-afternoon.
We have covered the benefits of early morning exercise earlier. One way to increase your metabolism and increase energy levels is to exercise early morning. Be sure to focus on mobility and whole body movements and start from light exercise and slowly build up the pace. Activities like brisk walking, yoga or even light circuit training will enhance circulation, oxygen uptake, and nutrient delivery for the rest of the day.
Stress can have a deep impact on your metabolism and overall health. Chronic stress can cause a drop in metabolism and energy levels. If you have stress in your everyday life, look for common signs. These include insomnia, fatigue, cold hands/feet, poor recovery, and weight gain – and explore ways to manage your stress. Daily meditation, lunchtime walks, and breathing techniques. All these are ways to immediately reduce stress and increase energy levels.
It’s the most obvious way to increase energy levels and improve metabolism. Necessary consumption of carbohydrates prevent energy drops. Learn how to identify when your metabolism is running low and make sure to eat. Indicators of a low metabolism include cold hands and feet, loss of concentration and general feelings of lethargy. The goal here is to listen out for the signs and eat accordingly.
While anything in excess is never healthy, treat yourself to a single shot of coffee during the day to give your metabolism an extra metabolic stimulant. For slow-releasing energy, add coconut oil, cream, and honey to sweeten. Be sure to avoid caffeine after midday.