How to Feel Energetic Every Day

Three Methods:Eating Properly to Feel EnergeticGetting Exercise RegularlyMaintaining a Regular Schedule of Activities and Sleep

Feeling energetic every day can dramatically improve your quality of life. Feeling more energetic every day is a goal you can fulfill in a few different ways. People who are generally healthy can feel energetic with important changes in diet, exercise, and more. Many people can even build endurance and stamina so they wake up feeling more refreshed.

Method 1
Eating Properly to Feel Energetic

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    Avoid processed foods. This will help you maintain a healthy diet and have more energy. Wholesome foods are a better choice than processed foods because they contain more nutrition and healthy vitamins. Since they are natural and untouched by chemicals, they allow the human body to glean more energy.
    • Processed foods such as those found in microwaveable meals, fast food, and prepared foods are high in calories. They often include preservatives, added sugar, added fat, dyes, and more. Such foods provide little nutrition, which translates to less energy.[1]
    • Wholesome foods—which are rich in nutrients—provide much more energy to your body. They include raw or cooked fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, unsalted nuts, lean meats, fresh fish or shellfish, eggs, low-fat milk, plain yogurt, and low-fat cheese.[2]
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    Maintain a balanced diet. Keep in mind the importance of wholesome foods and make sure your diet is well-balanced. A balanced diet will promote optimum nutrition and help you feel more energetic every day.
    • Let wholesome fruits and vegetables make up half your diet.
    • Eat the amount of grains that corresponds to your age, sex, and level of activity. The USDA MyPlate initiative can help you find the correct amount to eat, half of which should be whole grains.[3]
    • Eat the amount of protein that corresponds to your age, sex, and level of activity. The USDA MyPlate initiative can also help you with protein.[4]
    • Dairy is also part of a balanced diet, and MyPlate can help with that as well.[5]
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    Be careful not to overeat. While it is important to ensure you are eating a balanced diet of wholesome foods, it is also important to control your portions when you eat. Overeating makes your feel tired and listless.
    • Avoid binge eating. You may be good at controlling portions. However, if you find yourself suddenly losing control and eating large amounts of food all at once, you are binge eating. This behavior can interrupt a healthy diet. If you find yourself binge eating, keep common items eaten during a binge out of your house. When you feel the need to binge, find distractions such as crafts, exercise, etc. Eat on a regular schedule rather than impulsively.
    • Avoid emotional eating. If you have the tendency to eat when you are upset, whether you are angry, happy, sad, or lonely, you are allowing these emotions to act as triggers to eating. Emotional eating contradicts a balanced diet. Instead of eating, find other activities to relieve emotional stress.
    • Avoid nighttime eating. Eating many more calories after dinnertime can be problematic, particularly if you tend to eat foods that are not wholesome or are high in fat. You can combat nighttime eating by getting most of your calories during the day.[6] Make lunch a bigger meal than dinner.
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    Avoid false energy. There are many products that claim to give you energy when you consume them, but they do not always deliver. Even if they do give you energy, the effects are often short-lived. Many of these products may have negatives that outweigh whatever energy they might provide.
    • Coffee can give you a quick boost in energy, and studies now show that coffee is not as bad as was once thought.[7] However, the caffeine in coffee is mildly addictive,[8] and the amount of time it takes the body to metabolize it can interfere with sleep patterns, which can affect your level of energy during the day. Coffee with added sugar and cream does add extra calories and fat, so this should be considered when drinking coffee.
    • Energy drinks have high levels of caffeine, which, in itself, is not necessarily any worse than coffee, but energy drinks have also been linked to heart problems where excessive use is involved. The high levels of sugar in many energy drinks are empty calories and can lead to a crash later in the day.[9]
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    Consider herbal teas and supplements. Many herbal teas and supplements are available to help people feel more energetic.
    • Siberian ginseng helps increase stamina, counteract fatigue, and reduce the effects of stress. It can be found in both teas and supplements.[10]
    • Ginkgo is another herb that helps with the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which helps with the brain's metabolization of glucose, in turn giving you mental energy and clarity. Ginkgo can be purchased loose in health stores for tea, but it is often in tea blends and it can also be bought as a supplement.[11]
    • Green tea is sold as an extract and in tea form. It contains caffeine naturally and has other health benefits—such as being an antioxidant—that can make you feel better and therefore more energetic.[12]
    • Peppermint essential oil is another performance-boosting supplement. Exercise performance has been studied with peppermint oil as a supplement, and the conclusions suggest that peppermint can be effective for feeling more energetic.[13]

Method 2
Getting Exercise Regularly

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    Exercise on a daily basis to feel energetic every day. Even though you may feel too tired to exercise, taking the initiative to get active can actually give you more energy. If you are feeling fatigued, even moderate exercise such as simply walking around can give you a boost and get you feeling more motivated and energetic.
    • A 10-15 minute walk around the neighborhood qualifies as moderate exercise, which may be more energizing than a more intense workout, like 45 minutes on the treadmill.[14]
    • Practice yoga. Yoga can produce a calm energy that can help you be more productive than the typical tense energy we often have that does not last long and can even lead to depression. Calm energy is a confident, energetic, optimistic energy that is high-energy but low tension.
    • Practice pilates. Pilates is another moderate exercise that can help cultivate a calm energy.[15]
    • Practice tai chi. Tai chi can also help give you calm energy.[16]
    • Practice resistance strength training. Resistance strength training practiced slowly and calmly can also produce calm energy in its practitioners.
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    Listen to music while exercising. Paired with moderate exercise, music can help with developing calm energy.
    • In-progress studies show that music can produce calm energy. This could especially be true when music is paired with moderate exercise.[17]
    • Listening to music while exercising, then, can help produce calm energy during exercise, which will help you feel more energized afterward and for longer.
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    Know your limits. Even moderate exercise can tax your body to the point that you move beyond the calm energy it can produce and into fatigue.
    • An intense workout will leave you feeling fatigued initially, but even intense exercise will eventually leave you with more energy than you would have with no exercise.
    • Keep in mind that intense exercise can lead to a more tense energy, which can help you be productive, but associated fatigue can be more intense.[18]
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    Eat fruit before exercising. Fruit has many health benefits to the body—including some that work well in tandem with exercise.[19]
    • Eating fruit can help break down food, which allows the body to absorb more nutrients.
    • The absorption of nutrients that comes with eating fruit before exercise gives energy that fuels exercise, which contributes to having more energy after exercise and throughout the day.[20]
    • Oranges, bananas, and apples are good choices.
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    Drink water to stay hydrated. Keeping yourself hydrated by drinking water throughout the day is an important way to avoid fatigue and feel more energetic. If you are not in the habit of drinking enough water throughout the day, you run the risk of being fatigued.
    • If you are an adult male, about three liters per day of water intake is recommended.
    • If you are an adult female, just over two liters per day of water intake is recommended—2.2 liters to be exact.[21]
    • When you exercise you lose water through your sweat, so make sure you are replenishing by drinking more water on top of your recommended daily intake.

Method 3
Maintaining a Regular Schedule of Activities and Sleep

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    Get on a regular sleep schedule. A proper sleep schedule is crucial to having sufficient energy throughout the day. Your sleep schedule should be more like a sleep pattern—you will be able to train your body to feel awake and tired at the right times if you maintain a good sleeping pattern.
    • Get an appropriate amount of sleep each night. Adults should get seven to nine hours each night, and teenagers need eight to ten.[22]
    • Avoid napping if possible. Napping can interrupt your sleeping pattern.
    • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine after noon.
    • Get moderate exercise closer to bedtime and intense exercise in the morning or the middle of the day.
    • Relax before bed. Try to leave your stresses outside the bedroom, but definitely out of the bed. Don't have emotional discussions or arguments in bed if you can help it.
    • Make sure your bedroom has adequate exposure to natural light. Being able to see the darkness and the light can help you establish a proper sleeping pattern.
    • Avoid eating or watching TV in bed. Try to maintain your bed a a place for sleeping only or you might find it difficult to fall asleep there.[23]
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    Get help if you feel overwhelmingly fatigued. If you maintain regular sleep patterns but still feel fatigued, you may need to seek help. Speak to your doctor about your sleep issues.
    • Keep a record of your sleeping pattern to see if there are any anomalies.
    • If you do see the doctor, make sure to mention that you maintain a normal sleep schedule if your records show that you do.
    • Your doctor may wish to test you for conditions that often lead to fatigue, such as thyroid disease, depression, anemia, or chronic fatigue syndrome.
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    Schedule your daily activities. Keeping your life organized is essential to feeling energetic. By preventing as much as stress as possible, you will be able to have time to focus on other fun activities.
    • Use a planner or a calendar to prioritize your tasks.
    • Be sure to check your plans regularly, and don't miss them.
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    Avoid overextending your availability. Sometimes we have to stop and realize that we simply don't have time to do everything we want to do. Instead of filling every free moment with an engagement or meeting, allow yourself some free time to reduce stress.
    • Find time in your schedule that you can spare for free time and free time only. Just as scheduling daily activities is important, so is scheduling free time.
    • Set rules for down time.[24] Turn off your cell phone, for instance, or avoid email and social networking accounts. You can even purchase software that disconnects your internet access for pre-determined periods of time. These applications are meant for productivity, but can be used to schedule down time as well.


  • The brain follows the body. Even if you feel tired, get up and get started. By stimulating your brain, you will be able to continue throughout the day without problems. If not, take a short nap once you finish your tasks.
  • As you feel like achieving more, increase your everyday routine. When you feel tired, do enough exercise to increase your heart rate. Then relax and allow your energy to build for the next time. If you seem to grow more fatigued each time your exercise, find a different activity. Avoid pushing yourself too hard, or you may hurt yourself.
  • Energy bars are a great source of nutrition between meals.

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