School is starting back up. This means that many people’s schedules are getting a lot more hectic.

School is starting back up. This means that many people’s schedules are getting a lot more hectic.

There are some things you can do to help boost your energy to make it through your busy schedule in a healthy manner.

One way to boost your energy is to exercise. Get up every couple hours and keep your body moving. Research shows that a ten-minute walk can make you feel more energized for up to two hours.

You can also make sure you are getting better quality sleep. Keep a consistent sleep schedule to regulate your internal clock. You should also avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening, as it can affect you for up to twelve hours, keeping you awake.

Avoid large amounts of sugars. While sugars may provide you with a fast energy boost, your body burns them off very fast. This will quickly lead to a crash, in which you will feel even less energized than before you ate the sugar.

Staying hydrated can also help you feel like you have more energy.

One of the first symptoms of dehydration is feeling groggy or tired. Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so not drinking enough can throw our metabolism out of whack.

Having low levels of B vitamins in your system can also make you feel like you have lower energy levels.

If you don’t eat a balanced diet and think you might be deficient, talk to your doctor. They might recommend you take a Vitamin B12 supplement to balance it out.

Magnesium is a mineral that can also help boost your energy. This is particularly true in women. The magnesium can help regulate your heart rate, which helps your body not have to work as hard to complete tasks.

Magnesium can be found in many nuts, whole grains and fish.

Finally, it is important not to skip meals, especially breakfast. By not skipping meals you keep a balance of energy throughout the day.

Try some of these tips if you are fighting off fatigue during your busy fall schedule.

Tyler Glidden is the wellness director for the McPherson Family YMCA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Wellness and a master’s degree in Exercise Science.