3 Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Energy Levels-Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Federal Employee Program

3 Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Energy Levels

Always tired? Even if you’re getting enough sleep, your habits could be exhausting you.

If you’re constantly tired, it might not be a lack of sleep. Certain habits contribute to feelings of exhaustion, including:

  1. Skipping exercise
    It sounds counterintuitive, but skipping exercise when you’re tired can work against you. Research has shown that light, regular exercise can make you feel less fatigued and more energized. Want a hand staying on track with your workout routine? Try setting a goal with the Online Health Coach. If you use a personal fitness device, it’s simple and easy to sync it to automatically track your progress.

  2. Not drinking enough water
    If you’re even a little bit dehydrated, your energy levels can begin to drop. Dehydration reduces your blood volume, which means your blood is thicker and it takes longer for oxygen and nutrients to circulate through your body.

  3. Eating too much junk food
    When you eat foods loaded with sugar and/or simple carbohydrates, you can have sharp blood sugar spikes, followed by periods of fatigue. For a steady supply of energy through the day, focus on eating lean proteins and whole grains. (Always reaching for junk food when you’re stressed out? Learn how to kick those cravings to the curb.)
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