If you’re feeling lethargic and lack energy throughout the day, more often than not, seeing a difference in your life will mean examining your habits and making changes. We are creatures of habit. The results you see and feel in your life are a result of your habits.
Unless you’re suffering from diseases like fibromyalgia or osteoarthritis which take a toll on you, having low energy levels is NOT the norm. Good habits are not easy to form and take time to master, but the rewards are plenty. Implementing these 5 habits will create more energy for you, allowing you to live life more fully and get the most out of your workouts.
1. Sleep well
Ideally, you should get 7 to 8 hours of good sleep daily. That will mean going to bed at the same time every single day and waking up at the same time. It doesn’t matter if it’s a public holiday or a weekend. Your sleep schedule stays the same. This is the MOST basic of all the habits. Doing this alone will help you boost your energy levels immediately.
2. Clean up your diet
You are what you eat. Eating clean wholesome foods will mean that your body burns the fuel with a ‘cleaner flame’. If you’re consuming too much sugar, chemicals, additives, etc. your liver will be working overtime to remove these toxins from your body. It’s next to impossible to feel your best, if the food you eat is sub-par. Consume more vegetables and fruit. Get rid of the processed foods and only indulge in them occasionally.
Your energy is finite. If you spread it out over too many tasks, you’ll feel drained. Throw away what you do not need and only focus on tasks that are actually beneficial. If you’re at work, learn to say ‘no’, if your colleagues are trying to push off their work on to you. The less tasks you have, the more energy you’ll have.
4. Stay hydrated
It’s very easy to be dehydrated without even knowing it. People often confuse hunger with thirst. They often fail to realize that they’re feeling tired because the body lacks water. Drink sufficient water throughout the day.
5. Relieve stress
Stress has been coined the 21st century’s silent killer. Stress saps your mental and physical energy. To boost your energy levels, practice meditation or yoga or just deep breathing. Try and center yourself and become an oasis of peace in a frantic world. Do things that you find fun. Watch that movie, take that trip, have a laugh, try something you’ve always wanted to and so on. Create the life you wish to live, don't be victim to it!
The Bottom Line
More energy means you're able to dedicate the time you need towards achieving the results you want for your life. Apply these 5 habits in your life and you’ll notice that over time, your energy levels soar, and you feel much better and full of life. That’s how you want to live.
Team Divided Academy
Posted by: Divided Academy
Author: Sarah Cummings
Divided Labs Fitness Coach
NASM Certified CPT, CNC
The Divided Academy cultivates, creates and collaborates with leading fitness experts to help you stay informed and achieve extraordinary results.