If you are like most other baby boomers with whom I work, you tend to have low energy issues form time to time. While training with clients I like to keep notes on those things that are affecting them the most. Time and again one of the main issues that I hear people have is a lack of energy. So just what can you do about it? A whole lot, actually!
Having low energy can really be troublesome because it usually affects how you will focus on your workout, it will lead you to want to eat unhealthy or unclean foods, and you will not enjoy just the basic daily things in life. If you suffer from low energy, it is important to do something about it. The good news is that there are plenty of things that you can try in order to boost those energy levels!
Here are a few ways to give yourself an energy boost:
Note nutrients. Sometimes, even if you are a healthy eater, you may be missing a nutrient in your diet. Not getting enough magnesium, for example, can lead to low energy levels. Be sure to get magnesium by including things like fish, cashews and almonds in your diet.
Watch foods. What you eat makes a big difference in the amount of energy you have, so it is important to go for high energy foods. High energy foods include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Some of the best high energy foods you can eat include beans, blueberries, nuts, strawberries, spinach, and sweet potatoes. Also, be sure to get enough water, as dehydration, which you may not even realize you are suffering from, will lead to low energy.
Take a nap. If your low energy level isn’t something that happens daily, try grabbing a quick nap. Taking a short power nap, say 30-45 minutes, can really do wonders for helping you to feel more energetic for the rest of day.
De-stress. If you have a lot of stress, it will drain your energy. Find ways to relax and de-stress, such as journaling or doing yoga. Less stress will lead to higher energy levels.
Consider issues. If you have tried the above ways to boost your energy and you still find you can’t make it through the day without dragging yourself around, see your doctor. Sometimes people have issues like anemia or thyroid problems, which will need to be addressed before your energy levels increases.
Forget walking around feeling like you have just been through the wringer even though you haven’t. Low energy is not something to ignore. Instead, face it head on so you boost your energy levels. It’s important to not miss work outs, and to give them all you’ve got because you need to have your energy levels high!