5 Ideas to Maintain Your Energy Levels at Work

It's pretty rare to be on top of your game for the whole day at work. There are, however, a number of things you can do to make sure you're alert as possible. Here are five ways to help you take your day by the scruff of the neck and ensure uber productivity.

1. Morning exercise
A little exercise in the morning can really wake you up and help you get cracking from the off. Go for a jog or just do some press-ups and sit-ups for 15 minutes. Put some lively music on, that'll get you going! We know it’s tough, especially in the winter when it’s cold and dark, but it's pretty much summer now and light in the morning, so excuses are dwindling!

2. Have a healthy breakfast
They say it’s the most important meal of the day… and they’re right. Getting to work on an empty stomach is not good, and neither are the noises that come from it when you’re hungry. Go for some porridge with fruit, a vegetable omelette or wholemeal toast with some low-fat margarine or jam. There are loads of inspiring breakfast recipes out there.

3. If you’re going to snack, snack good!
Don’t get tempted by the choccy bars or Haribo lying around. Instead, have a small, high-protein snack. Think mixed nuts and raisins or some raw veg and hummus.

4. Do Lunch
Lunch is the perfect time to re-energise and get away from the computer and the stuffy office. Take a walk, go for a jog, or do a bit of shopping. Whatever you do, make sure you do take a break. Getting some fresh air is good for your productivity levels.

Don't forget to eat right too. Wholegrain bread for your sandwiches, wholegrain rice and pasta, vegetables, salads… these are the kind of things best scoffed at lunch. STAY AWAY from processed & fast foods or else you’ll face a major crash later on in the day. The BBC Good Food website has a range of easy to make lunches that'll see you through your working day.

5. Stay away from caffeine and sugar
Although a coffee, an energy drink or a few sweets may give you an instant high, it will be quickly followed by a low. Drink lots of water or have a herbal tea instead (peppermint is our fave).

Follow these five steps and the rest of the office will be wondering why you’re so bright eyed at the end of the day whilst they’re trying to keep their heads off the desk.

By Dan Bond
Posted on 15 May 2014
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