According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than three out of every five adults in the United States are overweight. Incredibly, more than one out of every three adults are also obese. The CDC expects that the average medical cost due to obesity, alone, in the U.S. will be upwards of $147 billion dollars every year.
When you’re juggling work, kids, cleaning the house, doing errands and everything else on your list, making it to the gym can easily fall lower and lower in priority. However, studies have shown that even small amounts of exercise can be vitally beneficial to your health.
According to the Mayo Clinic and Psychology Today, small amounts of exercise can reap huge rewards. The government recommends roughly an hour of aerobic exercise every day, and it doesn’t have to be all at once. Even 30 minutes where your heart rate is elevated above normal will have a positive benefit on your health.
If you don’t have enough time to dedicate an hour at the gym before or after work, there are some easy ways you can sneak some exercise into your routine at lunch or perhaps while you’re waiting for the kids at soccer practice.
An easy way to slip in some low-impact exercise is to make walking a part of your routine. Taking a morning walk at a brisk pace will get your blood flowing, immediately boosting your energy levels, giving you a dose of endorphins, getting you ready for the day.
Unlike a morning run, a brisk walk is attainable and enjoyable no matter if you were up all night with a screaming baby or running over your notes for an important business meeting. You can also add walking to other aspects of your day by taking a walk around the block at lunch, taking the stairs at work or even walking to the office in the morning.
There’s a reason pro athletes routinely include jump rope in their workout regimen. It is one of the most demanding and cardio-intensive exercises you can do while also promoting strength, power, stamina, and footwork.
Many modern offices have begun to adopt stability balls as an alternative option to a chair. Switching your desk chair out for a stability ball forces you to keep your balance while you work, activating your core muscles and increasing calorie burn while at rest.
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If you search for “energy supplement” on amazon, you get over 4,000 results.
How can any reasonable human sift through all that and find the ones that work? Or which ones are bogus?
I did a deep dive into the truth about “increasing your energy” in another article. It gives you a framework for understanding how real energy supplements work and why.
But here I want to do something different.
I want to get practical and tactical with 10 proven ways to boost energy production in your cellular energy factories –– your mitochondria.
We’ll start with the lifestyle and dietary ways to boost your mitochondria and then look at a few powerful supplements.
Let’s start with the cheapest...
Your average health food store has an entire section devoted to “energy.”
The products on the shelf, with their fancy logos and specially designed packaging, make grandiose claims about what they will do for your “energy levels.”
But the truth?
Most of them are stimulants in disguise, artificially jacking you up to give you the sensation of energy.
But in the end, they do more harm than good. They increase cortisol, cause dehydration, and deplete you.
Because almost none of them do anything on the biological level that supports your real energy system: your mitochondria and metabolism.
That’s why in this article I want to show you what to look for with any new supplement.... and why.
It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.