With the year starting to wind down, (after months of tireless work) many of us feel more rundown than usual. If this speaks to you, here is some insight to help you combat this:
Move that body
This may seem like the last thing you want to do but the fact is there are many studies that support the notion that exercise boosts your energy, lungs, heart and brain functionality. You will notice that, with consistent, moderate exercise, you will better maintain your energy throughout the day.
Our bodies are mainly comprised of water so dehydration can affect our metabolism, causing us to feel sluggish. To avoid this, you needn’t drink six to eight 250 ml glasses of water per day as has been recommended in the past, healthy adults simply need to drink to thirst, or if you need a marker – to chardonnay coloured urine. If you exercise often, make sure you replenish with more water.
Ingest the best
Too much of the wrong food can lead to nutrient deficiencies and conditions that affect your metabolism and cause chronic fatigue. Make sure you are eating a variety of whole foods (foods that have been processed or refined as little as possible and are free from additives or other artificial substances) like fruits, vegetables, fish, eggs, unrefined carbs etc. It’s good to eat high-fibre and anti-inflammatory foods.
Whole foods are low on the glycaemic index which means their sugars are absorbed by the body slowly and provide longer-lasting energy – as opposed to processed foods that spike your blood sugar and results in you crashing early in the day.
Soak in the outdoors
Be sure to rest often during the day because all work and no rest is a surefire way to get you to burn out. Making sure these breaks are outside will improve memory, mood and concentration. Take a five-minute walk outside to stimulate your circulation and give you the jolt of energy you need to regain focus.
As obvious as it may seem, getting between 7 – 9 hours of good quality sleep is crucial for you to keep energised throughout the. Try to get to bed earlier and maintain a sleep schedule that has you sleeping and waking up at the same time every day.