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We work, we plan, we organize, we go, fueling ourselves on coffee and pure determination. Until, that is, we fall onto the sofa in a stupor. More of us are struggling with energy issues, experts say; they point to the weak economy, which has us working harder and plugging in longer, and the belief that we can have it all (so what if we’re up till midnight making it happen).
“Just like houseplants need water, our energy reserves need regular replenishing,” says psychologist Michelle Segar, PhD, associate director of the Sport, Health,
and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls at the University of Michigan.
“Artificial or natural, light helps optimize the body’s wake up processes,” says Michael Terman, PhD, director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Roll up the shades or, if it’s still dark outside, turn on lights.
Terman recommends compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) labeled “cool white” or “daylight.” They’re not just good for Mother Earth, he says: “CFLs with these color temperatures emit a white light closer to outdoor light than the yellowish kind from incandescents.”
If you tend to drag in the morning or you’re overall exhausted, a tough workout can be more draining than invigorating. “And if you’re not in top shape, a high intensity workout forces you to expend major energy, leaving your body tired,” says exercise physiologist Michael Bracko, EdD.
Motivation to do some activity: The study found regular exercise generally increased energy levels by 20%.