Life Fitness: Get Energised
Life Fitness Tip: Get Energised
We all suffer from that afternoon slump, that hour or two after lunch where our brain stops working, our fingers get heavy and there’s absolutely no way we’re getting to the gym. It’s unavoidable right? Wrong. It can be very tempting to grab for a chocolate bar or pour yourself a seventh coffee to try to fight back the impending doom of post-lunch lethargy, but you are just delaying the inevitable. Here are five sure-fire all-natural ways to get yourself back in the game a beat the afternoon lull for good.
De-hydration is an afternoon killer. Your body senses that it is low on water and slows down to deal with the upcoming drought. Your metabolism drops, your muscles weaken and your neural network suffers as your body focusses its energy on the one, vital process, survival. The key word here is STAY, if you feel yourself starting to enter a post lunch hibernation, it’s probably too late, drink water throughout the day, just sipping away at you water bottle from the minute you get up until your head hits the pillow.
Take a power nap
If you are able to shut your office door or curl up in the break room then a quick sleep can be a very powerful thing. However, don’t let your head rest for more than 20-30 minutes to avoid falling into a deep REM sleep. A few quiet zzz’s will leave you refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day.
Grab an Apple
Apple’s contain natural sugars that your body can easily convert into energy and stabilise your blood sugar levels whilst avoiding the crash from a high sugar snack.
Eat lunch outside
Winter is gone and Summer is coming just as fast as it can, so take advantage of the warmer and more importantly drier weather by eating outside. The fresh air might help perk you up but more importantly the vitamin D from the sun’s rays for 15-20 minutes can boost your energy and improve your mood.
We’re not talking about a ‘V’ or a ‘Mother’ here, we mean green as in natural. Drinks made with natural vegetables like kale, cucumber and spinach are packed with nutrients and are low glycemic. This means they produce the most stable blood sugar levels and help avoid the dramatic falls of fluctuating glucose levels. Trade your afternoon espresso for a green juice and you’ll be ready for the gym.