10 Ways to Amp Up Your Energy
Winter dragging you down? Cheer up with a pop of color. “Studies show that heat-signifying shades like bright red, hot pink, orange, and yellow trigger energy levels,” says Pantone. Color Institute’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman. Tap the power of the rainbow with vivid lipstick (Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick in Wham, $28; sephora.com) or a neon shirt. “You’ll be uplifted just seeing yourself in the mirror,” she says.
Faking a sunrise
Waking up by natural light is easier than crawling out of a pitch-dark sleep cave. “Keep your blinds open to cut down on sleep inertia,” advises Dr. Robert Rosenberg, author of Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day ($17; amazon.com). For those of you who must rise before daybreak (we’re sorry), the Philips Wake-Up device ($170; philips.com) simulates dawn using different colors of light so you awaken more gently.
As in pepperminty: “Clean, fresh scents like spearmint or citrus can induce wakefulness,” says Dr. Alan Hirsch, neurological director of the Smell amp Taste Treatment amp Research Foundation. Lathering up with a minty body wash (Bliss Super Minty Soap ‘N Scrub, $32; blissworld.com) or putting on a dab of essential oil can help resolve an AM or PM slump.
Not all caffeine is created equal. Matcha (pure green tea)(Imperial Grade Matcha Japanese Green Tea, Teavana, $20/1.4 oz.; teavana.com) contains caffeine and antioxidants that can provide a calm state of alertness, not a jittery espresso buzz, says L.A. nutritionist Christine Avanti. Can't give up your latte? Sprinkle it with cinnamon to help stabilize any coffee-induced spikes in blood sugar.
“B vitamins help control blood sugar and improve circulation and oxygen absorption, all of which support energy metabolism,” says N.Y.C. nutritionist Tina Ruggiero. She suggests taking one a day, especially after imbibing one too many glasses of champers the night before, as alcohol depletes B vitamins.”
Pump Up With Potassium
It’s a nutrient we all know is good for us but are never quite sure why. Here’s the bottom line: “It’s all about energy metabolism,” says Ruggiero. “If you have enough potassium, you’re keeping your metabolism working at optimal levels.” Delicious sources besides bananas? Dates, dark greens (like collards, escarole, and kale), and fish (such as anchovies, cod, and salmon).
Take a Breather
All that focus on inhale/exhale during yoga isn’t just to distract you from the intensity of your utkatasana. “Deep, measured breathing distributes oxygen to the entire body, so you feel refreshed,” says Avanti. On days when you skip vinyasa, slip in a few sun salutations; if you’re not a yogi, do square breathing—inhale for four counts, hold for four, exhale for four, hold for four—which works too.
Eat and Repeat
Having four light bites is better than devouring one behemoth meal, says Avanti. ?Blood-sugar dips make you feel sluggish,? she explains. Three snacks to keep things stable: almond butter on celery, dried edamame, or a whole-nut bar (if you must go to the vending machine). We love Kind?s Nuts and Spices Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt bar ($16/12; target.com).
Didn’t you know? We are all members of a cult—-People Obsessed with Electronic Devices. But logging out at least an hour before bedtime can help you get higher-quality zzz’s. “The blue light emitted by phones and tablets disrupts melatonin, a hormone linked with rest,” says Dr. Rosenberg. Block out city lights with Bona Notti’s Kaleidoscope sleep mask ($24; bonanotti.com). Good night, smartphone!
Waking up all hot and bothered in the middle of the night? Chances are your bedroom is too warm. High temperatures increase the body’s core temperature—a sneaky cue that it’s time to get up. Crack open a window, or set the thermostat between 62 and 69 degrees so you’ll have a quiet snooze.