I have no energy what can I do? Energy has been a hot topic over the last few years. And some believe that less people are now looking into losing weight and more into getting more energy. That being said, a LOT of people still try and lose weight. What I am saying is that the gap between the two is getting closer.
Energy is especially important for those who spend time in the gym. If we don’t have the energy, we will skip the gym. If we manage to push ourselves to go to the gym, our workout will be less than inspirational. Ok, so we know that we need energy. We will be more motivated to go to the gym and push ourselves harder.
What can we do to get more energy and never say I have no energy what can I do again? Well you can start by following these steps.
Drink More Water
Staying hydrated is super important for so many things. It is good for your skin health and for your internal organs to work properly. And being dehydrated can leave you hungry and it also reduces the blood flow which leads to your organs. This results in a more sluggish you. You want to make sure you drink enough water each day. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces each day. And of course, a great test is that if you urine is yellow or darker, you probably need to drink more water. Your urine should be clear or pale yellow.
Don’t Skip Meals
These days we are all so busy. Too busy to eat it seems. Many skip a meal most days. Some do it as they think it is going to help them lose weight. Others do it because they simply didn’t have the time to make the meal and eat it. But skipping meals can cause energy crashes as our blood sugar levels can fall too low. So if you want all day energy, make sure to eat whole and real foods in each of your meals each day. And don’t skip meals!
Eat Real Carbs And Less Sugar
Eating too many carbs and / or sugar can cause serious crashes in energy. Carbs and especially sugar spike your sugar levels in your blood which give you a very temporary raise in energy and then a crash follows. Your energy levels plummet. This leads to feeling really tired and leaves you less likely to make it to the gym for your next workout. When eating carbs, make sure to choose the good ones. Eat lots of vegetables and fruit. And have a good source of protein such as lean meat or a protein powder.
Bump Up Your Magnesium Intake
If you’re eating a balanced diet and eat lots of vegetables but you are still low on energy, you may have low magnesium levels in your body. It has been found that those with low magnesium often have higher heart rates which means their body is working harder. Even when siting still. Magnesium is good for the heart and can lower your heart rate which may give you more energy when you need it. Try adding more almonds, cashews, and fish into your diet.
Our day can get pretty hectic. Both physically and mentally. These busy days can be exhausting so somethings there is nothing better than taking a power nap. Make sure to keep these short though otherwise you’ll wake up all groggy. Try limit your power nap to 30 minutes then enjoy the rest of your day.
Go For A Walk
When you’re tired, the last thing that you probably want to do is to go for a walk. However, even going for a quick walk can boost your energy levels. It is super convenient and you don’t even need to go to the gym. So next time your are exhausted after work, go for a quick 10 minute walk and see what difference it makes!
Skip Those Afternoon Coffees
I know that it is really tempting to go for that second afternoon coffee. Especially at work when you’re tired and bored. Drinking too much caffeine can lead to a host of sleeping issues at night. Try not to have more than 2 coffee’s a day. And it isn’t recommended that you drink coffee after 3pm as that will begin to interfere with your sleep at night.
Turn Off Electronics 2 Hours Before You Go To Sleep
Watching TV, using your computer, or even your smart phone before bed disrupts your quality of sleep. This could be a major reason why you are tired during the day. These kind of devices upset our body’s release of melatonin. Melatonin is the thing that tells us when it’s time to go to bed. You still may be able to fall asleep quickly but the quality of that sleep will be affected. If you use electronic devices right before bed, it could mean that you may not get good quality sleep until 2 hours after you fell asleep. Your best bet is to switch off all electronics 2 hours before you go to sleep. If this is not possible, get a pair of orange glasses which reduce blue light. Or make sure you have an app on your phone/computer which reduces the blue light in your screen after sunset. These things will help.
So there you have it. All these tips should help you get to the gym more often and when you do, they should help you with a more intense workout. So no more asking I have no energy what can I do? Just follow these steps for a solid start!