Remember the days when you could tackle everything on your to-do list and still have enough energy to hang out all night with your friends?

If it seems like a lifetime ago, you’re not alone. A recent study found that more than 77% of people who visit their doctor complain first and foremost about lacking energy……So, here are some tips that’ll have you feeling lively and ready to tackle the world, no matter how hectic your day is. We got these from Woman’s Day magazine……

First: Swap your desk chair. You already know that bad posture causes a lot of aches and pains. But according to fitness expert Mary Horn, it also drains your energy. She says if you sit in an ergonomically correct chair, you’ll feel taller, more energized and more alert for the rest of the day. If you can’t get a new chair, sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground and get up and stretch every hour.

 

Next: Eat a power lunch. Yes, breakfast is important – but if you want to keep your energy levels high, don’t skimp on lunch. Chow down on whole grains, beans, fruits and veggies, as well as some protein - like fish, skinless poultry or soy.

                                               

Nutrition expert Dr. Ann Kluze says when you eat protein rich foods, your blood sugar remains stable throughout the day. And so do your energy levels……

And one last tip for maximum energy: Take an afternoon walk. Since you probably can’t squeeze in a nap, this is the next best thing. A study from California State University found that people who walked briskly for 10 minutes had higher energy levels for 2 hours afterwards than those who didn’t walk……According to Dr. Robert E. Thayer who led the study, your energy level drops to it’s lowest point late in the afternoon. So this is ideal time to get up and stretch your legs, which will help you feel lively again.