Energy for Work & Play

Do you hit the snooze button one too many times? Do you have a hard time getting through the day without wishing for a nap? Do you arrive home without enough energy to get in that exercise you planned? Lack of sleep, stress and an unhealthy diet can all contribute to fatigue . Along with eating a healthy diet, here are a few more tips to help you make it to the finish line:

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  • Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration . Get in at least six to eight cups of hydrating fluid (water, milk, and juice) each day and more if you’re active .Start drinking them in the morning and throughout the day . Make at least half of your fluid intake water .
  • Eat breakfast . Breakfast gets your mind and body revved up and ready to go .
  • Eat every four to six hours . Be a grazer . If you eat low-fat meals in moderate amounts it’s normal to get hungry every four to six hours . If you go longer than this between meals, fit a snack in . If you go too long without eating you can start to feel tired and you may be setting yourself up to overeat .
  • Eat just until comfortably full and make low-fat selections .High-fat meals and large portions will only make you feel sluggish .
  • Be a daytime eater, not a nighttime eater . Your body needs the most energy during the day and less at night so eat accordingly . Three meals and one to two snacks are what most people need .
  • Alcohol can make us feel sleepy and a drink in the evening can interrupt your sleep so you don’t feel as rested in the morning . If you do drink, stick with one or two at a time well before bedtime and drink plenty of water .(Refer to Breakfast, Water and Alcohol in this Section for more

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