There’s no doubt about it life can be fast paced. Unfortunately, this fast paced world we live in leaves us fighting fatigue constantly. When we aren’t at work, we’re running errands. When we’re not running errands, we’re running the kids to one of their many activities. If not that, you have probably found yourself doing life’s many chores. This means we’re always on the move, always on the go. It’s no surprise that during the day, we feel tired or fatigued. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can fight fatigue in order to feel ready to take on the world… or maybe we should just take it one day at a time.
1. Fight Fatigue by Eating Carbs
In recent times, there has been a lot of bad press about carbs, which often leads to many thinking about no carb diets, or low carb diets. However, our bodies and minds need carbs to operate efficiently, so the secret is finding good carb sources. For example, foods that can be found at the top of the Glycemic Index (GI) will cause a blood sugar spike, but if you eat whole foods that are high in fiber, your energy will be longer lasting. Examples of these are; fruit, whole grains, and vegetables. Good complex carbs can go a long way in fighting fatigue!
2. Drink, Drink, Drink
Coffee is a favorite for many people, but it’s a diuretic, meaning that it’s counter-intuitive. Every time we have a cup of coffee, it makes us thirstier and more dehydrated. Dehydration drains your energy levels. When I say ‘drink, drink, drink’, I mean drink more water. If you stay hydrated your immune system will remain strong, your body temperature will be regulated, your joints will be sufficiently lubricated, and more.
3. Stay Fueled
We’ve already addressed carbs, but it’s also important to note that your overall diet is key in maintaining energy. If you don’t eat a proper diet, you’ll run out of energy before lunchtime. A recent survey showed that 65% of Americans eat lunch at their desk with one-third working straight through lunch. How do you expect your body to last the day when you aren’t feeding it? Many of the programs offered a Extremely-Fit include a meal plan. Some of these plans are just 22 minutes a day. I highly recommend 22 Minute Hard Corps. 22 minutes of exercise a day, and a proper diet. This will go a long ways in restoring your energy levels, and helping your fight fatigue.
4. Getting Some Sleep Will Help Fight Fatigue
A high percentage of people aren’t getting enough sleep. Seven to nine hours is said to constitute a ‘good’ night’s rest, so be sure to turn your TV and phone off and get some shut-eye. Sleep allows the body to shut down and recuperate for the next day. Not only that, but when you sleep, your body has a chance to recover.
Finally, as I’ve mentioned… we’re living in a fast paced world. Take time to relax! Whether you read a book, go for a run, binge on a Netflix show, or share a quiet meal with a friend. Find something that works for you and do it often. This way, your body gets to recover and a differentiation is made between your work time and your free time. I know you have things to do, but take time to smell the roses, enjoy life, and breathe in some fresh air. Much like your daily exercise, you must make time for these things. It will pay off!
So there you have it, five simple ways to fight fatigue and stay energized. Even if you can’t introduce all of them at once, try adding these changes in gradually and you will soon notice the difference!