The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

December 8, 2013

Boost your energy without caffeine



Walk around the office or up the stairs.

There’s no mystery here. Pumping those arms and legs increase heart rate and blood flow.

Learn something new.

When feeling sluggish, the natural tendency is to switch to simpler, mindless tasks like checking email, Facebook or making a to-do list. However, none of these tasks actually increase energy levels, according to a University of Michigan study.

What will energize and engage your brain is learning something new like a new language, reading a scientific article or listening to a short work-related podcast.

Sing a song.

Music is great for changing moods, especially up-tempo, fast music. And it can be energizing if you sing along.

Researchers in London found that singing solo increased arousal levels and decreased tension as much as a cardio workout. Bonus points for standing up while you belt out that tune. Standing up provides an instant surge of energy. 

Take up a hobby, an active one.

Studies show that active hobbies, like gardening, are more energizing than sedentary ones, like reading.

Doing something you enjoy is one of the best ways to sustain healthy energy. And there seems to be something about digging in the dirt that is especially stimulating.

Skin-to-skin contact with soil can fight oxidative stress in your body which can energize you.

That’s why you should ditch your gloves and become one with the earth.

Massage your ears.

This one’s a little out there, but applying pressure to the outer rim of your ear may help invigorate your body. It has to do with “acupressure meridians,” which have to do with energy pathways.

Massaging the ear unites the meridians and gets the energy flowing. Simply pinch the rim of each ear between your thumb and forefinger and rub up and down for 10 to 30 seconds.


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