10 Daily Habits of Naturally Energetic People

How do some people seem to get more energy than others? Make a few small tweaks to your lifestyle, and you could boost your energy levels.

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They get more sleep

sleepingVGstockstudio/ShutterstockYou don't need a study to tell you that skimping on shuteye could sap your energy levels. But a 2010 study found that sleep may restore your brain's energy on a cellular level, in the areas you use most when you're awake. Getting enough sleep can help you wake up energized.

They drink enough water

waterSedovaY/ShutterstockMake sure you're getting at least the eight standard glasses, and even more if you're out in the heat or exercising. Does that sound too simple? Not according to numerous studies: In one example, researchers reported that even mild dehydration can leave you feeling fatigued and sap your energy levels in a 2012 study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Here are some tips to start drinking more water every day.

They give themselves a break

friendsGeorge Rudy/ShutterstockIt's something productive people do regularly—take breaks—and they have tons of energy, right? So could frequent breaks make you more productive and energetic? That's what one study found—a brief break every hour could improve your focus and give you the energy you need to keep going.

They work out

running4 PM production/ShutterstockYou gotta spend energy to make energy—actually, that sounds counterintuitive. But it truly works, and it's one of the 18 secrets of women who manage to workout every day. Sticking with a workout routine could help you reduce your fatigue overall. A University of Georgia study found that regular exercise boosts your energy levels. Try eating these foods to fuel your workout.

They eat the right foods

AvocadoNatashaPhoto/ShutterstockYep, some foods are better than others at keeping your energy tank full—like these eight energy-boosting foods. But an overall healthy diet can boost your energy. Experts at Harvard Medical School recommend choosing foods that give you energy, like whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats. Sticking with small, frequent meals, and limiting sugar and alcohol can also help you avoid spikes and valleys in your energy level.

They take a stand (literally)

workg stockstudio/ShutterstockYou've probably heard about the benefits of a standing desk. Not everyone can pull that off at work, but you can still make it happen in your off hours—all that lounging around is ennervating. To re-energize, you need to get up, and stand up. Several studies have found that standing for extended periods through the day can help boost energy levels and reduce anxiety. Here are some other ways to recover from a day of sitting.

They see the glass as half full

blood-pressuresfam_photo/ShutterstockYou may be pessimistic at heart, but optimism can be learned, and here's how. Studies show that an optimistic outlook has huge benefits for your health, including reducing blood pressure and reducing the recurrence of heart issues. It also boosts your mood and improves your overall well-being.

They spend time outside

hikingeverst/ShutterstockJust because the days are getting shorter doesn't mean you have to be stuck inside for the next eight months. Here are the eight rules for exercising outdoors during the winter. And the benefits are huge: Researchers found that enjoying the great outdoors can boost your energy levels—especially if you can catch a few rays while you're out there.

They don't go crazy with the caffeine

coffeeRawpixel.com/ShutterstockCaffeine, when used properly, can be a big boost to your energy levels and overall performance. But overuse can make it harder for you to get a good night's sleep, and can lead to a crash when the caffeine's out of your system. Try these surprising energy boosters that aren't caffeine.

They cut back on their vices

wineIevgenii Meyer/ShutterstockYeah, you already know about smoking—and if you need help stopping, here are the 23 best ways to quit smoking. Just remember that alcohol and marijuana can also sap your energy. Even though they can disrupt sleep, they do have sedative effects while you're awake, according to research.

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