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Published on June 30, 2016

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Beat the Heat with These Energy Boosters

Girl on the beach - beat the heatFeeling sluggish from summer heat and humidity? Stay energized with these simple tricks.

Is the summer sun sapping your energy? Do high humidity levels make you feel like you got run over by a truck? Summer weather can be draining. But just a few tweaks to your day can keep you feeling refreshed, alert and energized. 

Here are a few easy ways to boost your energy:

  • Skip the sweets. Although sugary treats provide a burst of short-term energy, the crash that follows can leave you feeling even more tired. For long-lasting energy, snack on foods that include protein, such as lean beef jerky, peanut butter on apple slices or a handful of nuts.
  • Drink some water. Heat and humidity can make you dehydrated, which can leave you feeling tired. Grab a tall glass or two of water to replenish the fluids you may have lost through sweating.
  • Laugh. A good laugh can cut fatigue in half within 20 minutes, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Move your body. Just a few jumping jacks or a quick walk around the block is all it takes to get your blood pumping. This will provide you with renewed energy and focus.
  • Take a short nap. Research shows that a 30 - 60 minute “power nap” can reduce sleepiness, increase alertness and, unlike caffeine, even help you retain information.
  • Meditate. Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and spend 10 minutes relaxing your body and focusing on each breath. Or visualize a scene that brings you peace, such as waves on the beach. Resting your brain can be refreshing and energizing.
  • Get better sleep. Make a few changes to your surroundings so you’ll sleep better. Keep your bedroom completely dark, make sure the room temperature is comfortable and use a fan or other source of white noise to drown out distractions.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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