Need an energy boost? There are healthier and more effective ways to do it than guzzling down 16 ounces of some mystery beverage.

1. Exercise

More specifically – take a walk. In experiments conducted by Robert Thayer, PhD, at California State University, a brisk 10-minute walk not only increased energy, but the effects lasted up to two hours. And when daily 10-minute walks continued for three weeks, overall energy levels – and mood – were lifted.

2. Stay hydrated.

There are innumerable benefits to drinking water. Not least among them is how a hydrated body simply works more efficiently.

“Sometimes, even slight dehydration can leave you feeling tired and lethargic,” says nutritionist Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD. The solution: Enjoy a tall, cool glass of water and discover the benefits of an all natural energy drink!

3. Get regular B-12 shots

Vitamin B-12 plays a vital role in your body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that can naturally help to provide a more restful night’s sleep. And there’s nothing simpler and more effective for staying alert and energetic than getting a good night’s rest. For more information on the benefits of regularly scheduled vitamin B-12 shots or to make an appointment to begin a B-12 regimen here at Mediplan, contact us today.

4. Grab a power snack.

Fire up your body’s metabolism with a light and healthy snack when you’re feeling lethargic. Power snacking is more than just eating between meals. Experts suggest a treat that combines protein, a little fat and some fiber – like peanut butter on a whole-wheat cracker, or some yogurt with a handful of nuts.

5. Catch some rays

Recent tests show that sunlight churns out a feel-good chemical within the body called Beta-endorphins. This molecule, a safe and naturally-occuring relative of opiates, may be a reason some folks can become quite addicted to sunbathing. But it’s also a reason simply catching a few rays can help you improve upon your sunny disposition.

When you feel like your motor’s running slowly, give one or more of these natural energy boosters a try and see what works for you.