Computers pretty much run our planet, and our everyday life. Accordingly, you might be one of the millions around the world that works at a computer station all day long. If so, you may be suffering from a lack of energy like so many others that spend their day clicking away on their computer keyboards.
It seems counterintuitive that a sedentary day of hours spent sitting can make you feel worn out and exhausted. But a survey conducted by Virgin Pulse and Vielife showed that a full 76% of US workers feel tired most days during their work week. Studies have shown similar findings in most other modern-day societies and countries as well.
Fortunately, there are a few ways you can quickly and efficiently boost your energy when you work at a computer all day long.
- Get more exercise before and after work. This makes you stronger, leaner and healthier overall, leading to more energy at work and at play.
- Stretch throughout your workday. Every couple of hours, do some stretching exercises. This gives your body a wake-up call, and provides short energy bursts which can carry you effectively throughout your entire day.
- Cut back on the java. You should not have more than 2 cups of coffee each day, and none after 4 or 5 PM.
Stop the lunchtime binging. A huge lunch can make you drowsy and ineffective afterwards. Since all of your body’s energy is focused on processing the massive meal you just ate, you have less energy to rely on for work tasks and responsibilities.
- Power down your smartphone or tablet at least 2 hours before you go to bed. Studies show that the light emitted from smartphones,
- PCs and tablets fires up your brain, making it harder to go to sleep.
- Stand as much is possible, sitting no more than 3 hours a day. This helps improve your circulation, and allows you to enjoy a steady delivery of energy all day long.
- Cut back on how much sugar you eat, at home and at work. Sugar causes artificial crashes and energy spikes, and often leads to those mid-afternoon energy breakdowns.
- Sit up straight. Did you know that good posture can actually help improve your energy level? Hunching over and slouching in your chair plays havoc with your circulatory system. This means that poor posture can lead to low energy stores.
- Eat nuts and fruit for snacks, instead of sugary treats. Nuts and fruit provide healthy sugars for energy, not the unhealthy refined sugars that can lead to energy spikes and crashes.
Dr. Michael LeRoux Ocean State Chiropractic | Ocala, Florida
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