10 Tips for Extra Energy During the Cold Winter Months


Snack with protein buddies

When you snack include a combination of protein, fat, and fiber, like an apple, and a handful of peanuts. The carbs offer quick energy while the protein and fat help keep you satiated

Drink lots of water

We often confuse hunger with thirst, but thirst can also be disguised as fatigue. Be sure you’re hydrating well before, during, and after your workout.

Wear a pedometer

Track how many steps you take in one day. Try to get a minimum of 5,000 steps per day (10,000 per day would be ideal). Parking farther away, taking the stairs, or doing chores or yard work help bump your steps up.

Eat breakfast every day

It’s important to fuel your body after being in a fasting state overnight, so be sure to eat a well-rounded meal to power you through your workout and your work day.

Manage stress and anger

Make time for activities such as yoga, meditation, or regeneration during your day. Exercise is a great outlet for taking your mind off work or life stressors and will leave you feeling better.

Walk around the block

Breaking up the day with a little fresh air will help get your blood pumping, increasing your alertness and energy for the rest of the day.

Use supplements

Motivation and energy often dwindle during the winter months. Make sure to get enough vitamins and minerals in your diet, or take supplements. Visit with a PRO Registered Dietitian for your individual requirements.

Increase your magnesium levels

When levels are low, energy can drop. Try snacking on a handful of almonds or cashews or increase your intake of whole grains or white fish.

Power nap

Information overload can zap energy quickly. Research has found that a 60-minute power nap not only reverses the mind-numbing effects of information overload, but it can also help us to retain what we’ve learned.

Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night

You’ll not only feel more rested but you’ll have the energy to engage in a full, effective workout.


Originally from PRO Pulse January-February 2011
By Jessica Hopkins

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