Yup. It's an oldie but a goodie. We all know that by getting your heart rate up, we will fell better and more energetic. The problem is that it can be so hard to wake up an hour earlier to go for a run or get to the gym when it's pitch black in the mornings.
The solution? What about doing some exercise at home? You can use your games console to workout now like I did here. Or how about an aerobic workout DVD like the ones available from beachbody.com.
You can get your partner, friends or even the whole family involved in exercising at home too. Just make sure that you have enough room for everyone to do it safely.
Caffeine seems like a great idea on a cold, dark winter morning, doesn't it? A nice warm cup of tea or coffee can be just the trick to help wake up and get ready for the day. The problem with that is that many people are trying to reduce the amount of caffeine they consume in their diets, so that won't work for them.
Do you know how much caffeine in black tea there is? Not to mention all those fancy coffees you can get? Instead of caffeinated beverages, try drinking herbal teas instead. These can which naturally boost energy and immunity.
If doing some hardcore aerobic activity is all a bit much for you on a cold winter morning, what about some stretching exercises instead? Stretching can work wonders for your energy level because it wakes up the muscles and promotes blood flow.
Why not try something like Bikram Yoga, which is Yoga is a heated environment, It is said to boost energy and help open up your muscle and joints. Plus can you think of anything nicer in the cold, snowy weather? Just make sure that you take a jumper to wrap up warm in, on your way out.
It can be seriously tempting to turn that thermostat up high, especially during the times when you're at home. But if it's too high it might make you even more sleepy!
It's about getting the temperature right. You don't want to be so cold that you are uncomfortable, but neither do you want it to be so warm that you are too comfortable, as this will rob you of energy too.
If you simply must have the heating on, then you need to limit it to certain times. Such as when you go to bed and before you get up in the morning, so the house in warm enough to get out of bed.