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With the holidays rapidly approaching and our schedules likely getting busier, you may feel your energy slumping more often. So what can you do to beat the mid-afternoon doldrums? And keep yourself from falling asleep at your child’s holiday program?

Here are 8 tips to help you fight fatigue and boost your energy, so you’ll feel more refreshed and revitalized throughout your day.

  1. Eat breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. However, don’t eat donuts or high-sugar cereal which can lead to a sugar crash early in the day. Choose high-fiber foods, like hot oatmeal, that will stick with you longer. A nutritious breakfast provides you with the energy you need to stay awake and alert.
  2. Don’t skip any meals. When you skip meals, you’re literally starving your body, which is like running your car on empty. In fact, it’s best to eat a small meal every three hours.
  3. Eat more protein. Protein helps to stabilize your blood sugar and elevate your metabolic rate during the day, so you can stave off fatigue. Eat eggs for breakfast. Add grilled chicken to your lunchtime salad. Try nuts or a protein shake for a snack. Choose lean meat, chicken or fish for your evening meal.
  4. Drink plenty of water. When you’re dehydrated, your cells don’t function at their optimum level, so fatigue sets in. Plus, you’re constantly losing fluid throughout your day. So replenish those fluids often.
  5. Get moving. Exercise is a natural energy booster. When you exercise, oxygen-rich blood pumps through your body to your heart, muscles and brain. Studies show the more you move, the more energy you’ll have. Walk in place while you’re on the phone. Talk the stairs. Dance around the living room.
  6. Sleep better. If you have trouble falling asleep or not getting enough hours of quality sleep, your energy levels can suffer. Get the TV out of your bedroom. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Keep the temperature in your bedroom cooler to reduce insomnia.
  7. Take a whiff of cinnamon or peppermint. Or, suck on a piece of cinnamon or peppermint candy. Both aromas help to reduce fatigue and make you feel more alert.
  8. Walk in the sunshine. Studies show that a few minutes in the sun can enhance your mood, memory and the ability to absorb new information. If you can’t get out, then open the blinds or curtains and let the sunshine in.

ezWalker® Performance Custom Orthotics – A Burst of Energy in Your Shoes

Do you experience swelling, achiness, cramping and pain in your feet? You may be suffering from foot fatigue. This condition occurs if you stand or walk for long periods of time or if you have flat feet. If you don’t treat ongoing foot pain, foot fatigue may lead to further foot injury.

To prevent foot fatigue from occurring, you need to wear comfortable shoes with proper support. But often your shoes don’t provide the best support for your feet, especially if you overpronate (walk with your ankles tilting inward too much) or oversupinate (walk with your ankles tilting outward too much). Overpronation and oversupination can cause fatigue in your muscles and tendons which can lead to pain and fatigue in your knees, hips and lower back.

ezWalker® Performance Custom Orthotics are biomechanically designed to properly support the arches of your feet by redistributing your body weight evenly over both feet and bringing your whole body into correct alignment. So you’ll experience reduced stress and strain on your knees, hips and lower back, as well as less general foot fatigue throughout your day. So, order your ezWalker® Performance Custom Orthotics today for a boost of energy in your shoes.

Because … when your feet feel good, you feel good.®