You might be sipping your third cup of coffee, barely an hour into Monday morning when it suddenly hits you: you’re consuming excessive amounts of caffeine. While coffee may have several health benefits, it sure doesn’t do one any good in large quantities. Avoid feeling jittery, hyper, fatigued, and just plain guilty, with these sources of morning energy that don’t include coffee.
Yoga workout training reduce fatigue and increase Cortisol, a hormone that is responsible for keeping you energized. The various stretches and poses done in a yoga session help release toxins from your body. As some poses require huge amounts of balance, they work to keep you alert and attentive. If you’ve read my recent post about yoga, you’ll know just how alert you need to be.
Protein-rich breakfasts give you a kick of energy, but they’re most effective with the proper mix of carbs and healthy fats. One of my favorite energizing breakfasts is whole-wheat toast with boiled eggs and mashed avocados. Not only does it keep me awake, but it also satisfies my cravings for a few hours. Check out our recent post for more protein packed foods. [LINK]
Since exposure to the sun boosts your serotonin levels, which improves your mood and energy, it might be a good idea to keep the blinds opened a notch when you sleep. Given you don’t live on the first few floors alongside the traffic and noise pollution, waking up to the sun shining in your room might make jumping out of bed a whole lot easier.
Cold water shower or swim
You know that adrenaline rush and shock you get every time you jump into a freezing cold swimming pool. Doesn’t it wake you up? Try taking a cold shower instead of a warm relaxing one every morning. It should wash all your grogginess away. Alternatively, you can enjoy an early cold swim.
You don’t have to give up coffee for good. Just replace your second serving with one of the above and see how much better you feel.