Do you have trouble getting your engine started in the AM? Ramp up your energy levels and start your day with some real “oomph” by making this easy fatigue-fighting routine a part of your morning. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and recharged, so you can breeze through your “to do” list in no time.

Power up with protein.

Studies have found that protein-packed breakfasts help keep you feeling full and alert throughout the day. High-quality proteins like egg whites, low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt (especially Greek yogurt), natural nut butter, and turkey bacon will give you a healthy morning boost.

Enjoy some java.

Studies confirm that caffeinated beverages like coffee can help keep you temporarily alert and focused. So feel free to enjoy that cup of joe (along with your morning meal), but just be sure to “decaffeinate” by late afternoon so the caffeine doesn’t keep you awake at night. Remember, you want to get seven to nine full hours of sleep!

Wake up and walk.

For this trick, you’ll need to set the alarm 15 minutes earlier. You may be thinking, will less sleep really help me feel more rested?! But a brisk stroll on the treadmill or around the block will get your heart pumping and clear your foggy mind before the day ahead. Plus, ramping up your cardio routine means you’ll burn more calories throughout the day, which helps you lose weight faster.

Pack accordingly.

Each morning, be sure to stash two important things in your bag before you hit the road: A refillable water bottle and an energy-boosting snack. Water is necessary to maintain a healthy body and a clear – about 60 percent of your body is water; so staying hydrated helps you function more efficiently. For snacks, think about mixing satiating protein and fiber, which helps smooth out blood sugars and ensures a slow, steady supply of energy. Having healthy snacks stashed in your bag means you’ll avoid the vending machine temptation and keep yourself fueled until dinnertime.