ENERGY. We all want it. Mostly we don’t have enough of it!
Of course the amount of sleep we have will have a big impact on how energetic we feel each day. Sleep restores and revives us and without enough good quality sleep the cracks in our energy levels will start to show. But exercise and food play a huge part too. It is all interconnected. Getting enough sleep and rest can be a problem for many of us – children, work, too much to do, stress, insomnia… the list of reasons why is endless. Even the very act of trying to improve our sleep can be a contributing factor too!! Worrying about it and making it harder to nod off. Often the factors affecting our sleep are outside of our immediate control and when this is the case, we can focus on other things that we can influence to help improve our energy levels.
Exercise. there has been a lot of research done over the years that has proven the link between exercise and increased energy. Our natural instinct when we feel tired and sluggish is to think I won’t train today, I’m too tired, I won’t be able to do it, it will wear me out even more… Fight the inner demon! Break the vicious cycle and replace it with a positive one. Exercising will most likely actually help you rest better too so it really is a win-win situation. Even if it doesn’t feel that way when you’re curled up on your sofa! So get yourself to the park and we will take care of the rest…
FOOD. It can be all too tempting to reach for the caffeine and the sugar when energy levels are low and we need a boost. Look, we’re not going to tell you to stop drinking coffee and never eat another biscuit… but we really are what we eat and there are much better ways to achieve sustainable energy levels. There are a whole list of foods that can help increase your energy levels, slow burn carbohydrates being key here: all fruits, veggies, beans, legumes and whole grains, including whole grain pastas and breads. But basically you need to keep your diet healthy with a good balance of food groups, eating as little processed food as possible, and your energy levels will improve.
WATER. Dehydration leads to fatigue, which slowly eats away at the bodily functions you need to get through the day. Even mild dehydration can make you feel lethargic. Water increases energy levels yet we so often forget about it when we need a bit of ‘get up and go’. So for the ultimate energy boost, the best secret is to be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially with midmorning and mid-afternoon snacks.
We believe that a healthier, happier life is achieved through a balance of good sleep, exercise, food and FUN! It is about finding a sustainable way of positive living, not looking for a quick fix to an isolated issue. It can be easy to forget our basic human needs when we are racing around trying to fit too many things into too little time! Focusing on these key areas will help improve your energy levels, which will help you to enjoy all the things that you do.