energy restoreNo one ever likes to feel lethargic – but having energy during the summer months seems particularly important.

The days are long, the sun is out, and the weather is perfect.

Who wants to be tired and dragging then?

But you’re also looking to restore energy naturally.

The goal is to be able to participate and enjoy summer, not bog yourself down with chemicals and artificial stimulants.

Luckily, if you’ve been feeling a little worn down recently, it’s easy to restore energy and feel great, naturally.

Just start here –

1. Get out and move. When you’re tired, it seems counter-intuitive to go get exercise, but doing just that really will help restore energy. Regular exercise has been shown in study after study to boost energy and improve quality of life. The American Heart Association recommends thirty minutes of moderate intensity activity everyday (150 minutes per week) for optimal results. But when it comes to restoring energy, just make sure you enjoy some activity every day and it’ll help!

2. Try yoga. If you’re looking to feel better, as well as restore energy, give yoga a try. In one study, people between the ages of 65 and 85, who took yoga classes reported increased energy and a better sense of well-being.

3. Stretch. Not into yoga per se? At least get up and stretch. Twist your upper body, gently of course. Reach to the floor and roll back up again, slowly. Whatever feels good and loosens up your muscles. It will keep you from getting stiff, sharpen your mind, and restore energy.

4. Sleep. It may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t think about getting sleep as a way to restore energy. Adults to age 65 need no less than six hours of sleep. After age 65, you really shouldn’t get less than five. And as much as eight hours a night is still healthy. Adjust what time you go to bed to ensure you’re getting enough rest. Sleep well at night, have energy during the day!

5. Watch your (body) clock. While we’re talking about sleep patterns, are you a night owl, or a morning lark? Knowing when your body is naturally more awake and your brain more alert can help you schedule your day more efficiently. Whichever time suits you best, schedule your important meetings and activities then. You’ll be sharper for them, and less tired the rest of the day because you haven’t overexerted yourself during a low time.

6. Meditate. Controlling stress is key to restoring energy because very little sucks the energy out of a person the way stress does. And if you’re worried that meditation is too far “out there,” don’t be. You don’t need crystals or incense. Just sit, with your eyes closed, and count slowly back from ten to zero. That’s a very basic meditation. There are other, more in-depth techniques, as well, once you’re comfortable with the idea of meditation. Including…

7. Deep breathing exercises. Using your own breath to restore energy is similar to using meditation to restore energy. Start simply. Sit in a comfortable position, your desk, couch, or dining room table will work just fine, so long as you can be comfortable. Rest your hands in your lap and close your eyes. Exhale through your mouth, doing your best to get all the air out of your lungs. Inhale through your nose for a count of four, and hold for a count of seven. Exhale out of your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat until you feel your energy start to build.

8. Have fun. You don’t have to be a child to benefit from good old fashioned fun. And there’s no right or wrong way to do it, either. Having fun can mean working a puzzle, chatting with friends, gardening, or even dancing. If you enjoy it – if you find it fun – it will help restore energy!

9. Get sun. You’ve heard for years that you should stay out of the sun, but too many people have taken that warning to an extreme. Sunlight boosts serotonin levels, which makes you feel better, which, in turn, will restore your energy. This doesn’t mean that you can go back to spending all day in the sun. But do shoot for five to fifteen minutes of sun every day.

10. Hydrate. In the sun, or in the house, make sure you’re getting enough water. When you’re dehydrated, even a little, your energy levels drop. Restore your energy levels by sipping water throughout the day. Avoid dehydration and avoid an energy crash. Water has been linked to better energy and performance.

11. Eat More Often. Think about how often you eat. Rather than eating the traditional three meals a day, eat smaller meals, more often. This can help provide you with steady energy throughout the day instead of dealing with spikes and crashes.

12. Eat for Energy. What you put in your body has so much to do with boosting energy. Energy restoring foods include lean protein, healthy carbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, fiber, and green tea. So load up on fresh produce, add BenVia Gold chia seeds to your daily diet, or both – and enjoy!

Don’t live through another tired, lethargic day. Restore your energy so you can get out and enjoy summer - and your life.