The Energizer Bunny Has Nothing On You: 5 Beyond Easy Energy-Boosters

We know, we know: It's spring! We should be all excited to go out and do...stuff! And yet, we're finding it hard to put that needed pep in our step to truly enjoy the start of the season. Maybe it's because the weather still feels lackluster (seriously, what's up with all the gray clouds?), or maybe we're still bummed out about Jason and Michelle (why? WHY?!), but the fact remains that we are feeling all kinds of meh.
Since being a professional slug is not on our goal list this year, we went to the experts to try to find out how to amp up our energy levels without having to do a ton of work. Hey, just because we have more energy doesn't mean we want to waste it on unnecessary work. We've got better things to do, after all.
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Read on to find out five surprising ways you can boost your energy, stat!
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Grab A Tennis Ball

Then, just roll around on it. Dr. Frank Lipman, an integrative and functional medicine physician and the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness in NYC says that the biggest complaint by his patients is an achy body, full of tension and pain. The small, smooth shape of a tennis ball is the ultimate DIY muscle massager. “It’s a great way to release tension in your shoulders and feet that can be done anytime, anywhere,” he says. And when you’re less stressed, guess what? You can have more of a go-get 'em attitude.

Here’s how to get your body’s feel-good juices flowing:

1. Lie on your back, knees bent and feet hip-width apart. 

2. Place two tennis balls at the top of your shoulder blades, side-by-side, in the area where you love to have a massage. 

3. Slowly lower head and shoulders down — and put a pillow behind your head if your neck is uncomfortable. 

4. Lift your arms to the ceiling, then move them slowly toward knees and then toward the wall behind you.
5. Repeat until all that tension has been kneaded away, Roger Federer style.

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Skip The Coffee Run

C'mon, don't act like you didn't know this one was coming. “If you’re feeling burnt out and would like more energy, give coffee a break,” says Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder of Moon Juice. “I know this is counter intuitive, but you want to support your adrenal glands not zap them.” What you should sip on instead: green tea or mate. According to Bacon, they are less taxing on your body and won't leave you crashing after a jittery rush.

She also has a secret energy booster up her sleeve in the form of adaptogenic herbs. She credits these herbs with helping restore her own energy because they promote the health of the adrenal glands, which in turn can help regulate immune response, emotions, and bodily reactions to stress. “The herbs restore balance and strengthen the body's function without throwing another organ or system out of balance," she says. "The improvement in energy is the result of a deeper internal shift toward health, and this is a safe way to restore balance, rebuild vitality, and promote energy,” she says. Her favorites: cordyceps, rhodiola, reishi, astragalus, and schizandra, all of which, she says, to take all at once with a cup of water.

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Set Your Alarm

Ok, you’re beyond exhausted, so what you should do is sleep in and curl up in a dark room, right? Maybe not. “Exposure to light helps to reset your brain and tells it to stop producing melatonin (the sleep inducing hormone),” says Lana Masor, a nutritionist and yoga teacher in NYC and founder of Just for Today. Don’t worry, we aren’t talking about a 5 a.m. wakeup call. Just aim to get up about 15 minutes earlier than usual, pull up the blinds and then bask in the gorgeous morning light for a few. And, when you do pop out of bed, don’t just roll onto the couch to watch the news. Masor suggests practicing a few yoga sun salutations right in your bedroom (yes, you do have enough room right next to your bed!) to help trigger some endorphins and lower your stress hormones. “Stretching helps to increase blood flow and get you moving, too,” she says.

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Don't Carbo Load

“Carbohydrates are definitely necessary for a healthy and balanced diet,” says Masor. “The brain cannot function properly without them, but what matters is the source of the carbs.” Try having a bowl of oatmeal in the morning rather than a bagel or cereal, which is primarily made from wheat, which even if you don’t have an allergy too, can leave you feeling lethargic. (Not exactly what you want first thing.) And avoid a carb-heavy lunch, which are often midday staples — such as sandwich, pasta, or pizza. “These types of foods cause a spike in your blood sugar and that 3 p.m. crash, which sends you craving more carb-heavy snacks,” she says. “Stick to a lean protein and salad instead.”

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Buy A New Pair Of Shoes

Don't mind if we do. According to Masor, doing something that makes you feel confident will help you feel positive and energized for the rest of the day. Aim to do at least two things during the day that help you to feel good — not just cross off your to-do list. “That can be as simple as going for a run, wearing your favorite shoes, having a picture of your dog at your desk, or chatting with your best friend on the phone on your way to work,” she says.

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