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10 Daily Habits of Naturally Energetic People

How do some people seem to get more energy than others? Make a few small tweaks to your lifestyle, and you could boost your energy levels.

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They get more sleep

You don’t need a study to tell you that skimping on shuteye could sap your energy levels. But a 2010 study found that sleep may restore your brain’s energy on a cellular level, in the areas you use most when you’re awake. Getting enough sleep can help you wake up energized. In fact, here are nine more science-backed ways to naturally boost your energy!

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They drink enough water

Make sure you’re getting at least the eight standard glasses, and even more if you’re out in the heat or exercising. Does that sound too simple? Not according to numerous studies: In one example, researchers reported that even mild dehydration can leave you feeling fatigued and sap your energy levels in a 2012 study published in the Journal of Nutrition. You can also try adding these 10 high-energy foods to your diet for a quick burst of energy.

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They give themselves a break

It’s something productive people do regularly—take breaks—and they have tons of energy, right? So could frequent breaks make you more productive and energetic? That’s what one study found—a brief break every hour could improve your focus and give you the energy you need to keep going. You might even want to check out these 25 life-changing energy boosters.

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They work out

You gotta spend energy to make energy—actually, that sounds counterintuitive. But it truly works, and it’s one of the 18 secrets of women who manage to workout every day. Sticking with a workout routine could help you reduce your fatigue overall. A University of Georgia study found that regular exercise boosts your energy levels. Or you could try one of these 31 surprising energy boosters that don’t involve a cup of coffee.

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They eat the right foods

Yep, some foods are better than others at keeping your energy tank full. But an overall healthy diet can boost your energy. Experts at Harvard Medical School recommend choosing foods that give you energy, like whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats. Sticking with small, frequent meals, and limiting sugar and alcohol can also help you avoid spikes and valleys in your energy level. These are the energy-boosting foods dietitians swear by!

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They take a stand (literally)

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of a standing desk. Not everyone can pull that off at work, but you can still make it happen in your off hours—all that lounging around is ennervating. To re-energize, you need to get up, and stand up. Several studies have found that standing for extended periods through the day can help boost energy levels and reduce anxiety. (Check out these vitamins and herbs that can give you an energy boost in the bedroom.)

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They see the glass as half full

You may be pessimistic at heart, but optimism can be learned. Studies show that an optimistic outlook has huge benefits for your health, including reducing blood pressure and reducing the recurrence of heart issues. It also boosts your mood and improves your overall well-being. Besides a negative attitude, make sure you know these seven everyday things that may be zapping your energy levels.)

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They spend time outside

Just because the days are getting shorter doesn’t mean you have to be stuck inside for the next eight months. Researchers found that enjoying the great outdoors can boost your energy levels—especially if you can catch a few rays while you’re out there.

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They don’t go crazy with the caffeine

Research shows that caffeine, when used properly, can be a big boost to your energy levels and overall performance. But overuse can make it harder for you to get a good night’s sleep, and can lead to a crash when the caffeine’s out of your system. Make sure you also know the eight sneaky foods that totally drain your energy.

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They cut back on their vices

Yeah, you already know about smoking, but just remember that alcohol and marijuana can also sap your energy. Even though they can disrupt sleep, they do have sedative effects while you’re awake, according to research. Don’t miss these ways to boost your energy at the office!