Today’s society seems to be governed by time, with everything we do having time constraints and pressures placed upon it. Whether this be a deadline at work, going out socially with friends or ensuring your family life runs smoothly, there never quite seems to be enough hours in the day to get that ‘to do’ list done.
Painting a familiar picture so far? I’ve not even begun to mention fitting in a regular trip to the gym in the above scenario so far! With all these additional stresses and strains it can leave you feeling fatigued and lacklustre. After a long and hectic day at the office do you really want to be going to the gym and ploughing your way through a session?
This is a common scenario to many of us out there. If you make the conscious effort to go to the gym, then the next thing you have to find is the energy levels to get through the session. Many individuals opt for energy drinks and pre workout supplements but these aren’t always the best for you, with many hidden and unwanted ingredients. So what are your other options? There are natural ways to boost your energy levels and get you through that intense training session. This article considers several food types which you might previously have overlooked.
One of the easiest things to overlook and omit when you’re rushed off your feet is water intake. Water makes up a significant proportion of your body and is actually required to produce energy. Even the slightest deviations of water levels can leave you feeling tired.
As your main energy source is carbohydrates, it’s important to consume adequate whole grains such as bread, cereal and rice. Not only will this replenish energy stores but it’s also loaded with vitamin B to further enhance energy and metabolism.
Another factor effecting overall energy is your iron levels. Deviations from the norm can quickly result in fatigue and low energy levels. One way to boost these levels naturally is through the consumption of lean meats such as pork, beef, chicken and seafood.
This food group has the ability to provide you with an instant energy source as well as an adequate dosage of fibre. This will allow you to absorb any carbohydrates at a slower rate and therefore provide a drip feed of energy. Simple yet highly effective.
From the examples provided above, you can see how maintaining a well balanced and stable diet can allow you to boost energy levels naturally without the need for sugary energy drinks which only serve to act as a quick fix. The problem is, when leading a busy and hectic lifestyle; your diet is often the first thing to be neglected. Making a conscious effort not to let this happen will have you feeling better and brimming full of energy in no time at all.
So there you have it, simple yet effective ways of ensuring your hectic lifestyle doesn’t get the better of you and result in fatigued and lacklustre training sessions. Even just through the above examples you could create a simple pre workout meal of a meat of your choice with wholemeal rice, a side glass of water and a bowl of fruit to follow.
If you suffer with your energy levels then why not take a closer look at your regular diet and bring in a few subtle changes. It could be all you need to take your training to the next level.