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Couch Potatoes Unite!

Stop Wasting Energy

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Updated March 26, 2010

Making these small adjustments can really make a difference in your energy levels:
  1. Drink Up. Even a little dehydration can sap your energy, so keep a water bottle handy and sip it throughout the day, drinking more when you exercise.
  2. Eat Up. Isn't it nice to be told to eat? Your body needs fuel and fuel is food. Many people respond well to eating 5 or so small meals (around 200-400 calories, depending on your size) throughout the day to stimulate the metabolism. Skipping meals or not eating all day long can make you sleepy.
  3. Sleep Up. You need at least eight hours of sleep a night. Am I telling you anything you don't know? Hit the sack!
  4. Exercise. It's a dirty word, isn't it? But, working out doesn't have to be a miserable experience. Try to be more active every day; walk the dog, cut the grass, park far away and take the stairs. Or start an exercise program. You'll feel better and have much more energy.
  5. Have Some Fun. Whatever happened to fun? Fun is something you used to have back when you were a kid, remember? It's time to re-visit your childhood and spend some time doing something utterly pointless. Some ideas:
  • Call up a friend and talk about nothing for an hour.
  • Draw a picture of your cat.
  • Color in a coloring book.
  • Turn cartwheels.
  • Prank call your mom.
  • Race your spouse to the end of the street. Whoever wins buys dinner.

The point is that this activity should have no point. Get it?

Now that you know what's making you so tired, you're all over it aren't you? Just making a few small changes every day can make you feel good. You can't change all your bad habits at once, so focus on one or two of the more heinous ones. Your first assignment: print out this article and slap it on the fridge. Then put on some shoes and go do something!

For more tips, see How to Generate More Energy.

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