“Growing old is compulsory, but staying healthy is optional.”
Physical activity has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety as well as decreasing the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes and can even improve sexual performance.
Here are my ten top tips to add that wow factor to your overall health and wellbeing.
Tip 1: Water
Being dehydrated can sap your energy, even slight dehydration of 1 or 2 % of your body weight can make you feel tired. If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
Tip 2: Yoga
Instead of the usual cup of coffee in the morning why not add a 10-15 minute yoga session to your morning routine, this will speed up your metabolism and has the potential to work out every muscle in your body. A great way to bring a burst of energy to your morning!
Tip 3: Keep the weight off
Obesity is a growing concern within the UK with nearly half the population being obese. Often this can be the cause for a lack of energy, as people don’t realise how much extra weight they have to carry around on a daily basis. This excess weight can slow you down and leave you feeling drained, tired and not to mention lowering your sexual self esteem.
Tip 4: It’s good to nibble
It’s important to maintain a normal blood sugar level, in order to do this you should eat every few hours. This will help you maintain muscle tissue, which burns more calories than fat tissue, whilst putting the much-needed skip in your step. But don’t overdo it. Overeating can be just as bad as starvation.
Tip 5: Embrace Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates is considered a dirty word these days, but they provide us with the much-needed energy to power us through the day; they release energy slowly into your body to keep you going for longer.
Tip 6: Sleep
The body requires 8 hours sleep in order to fully rejuvenate. Most people only get between 5-6 hours sleep, meaning that your body isn’t fully alert which then lowers your stamina.
Tip 7: Avoid quick fixes
Many people believe that when they are tired a sugary snack will give them a boost, however this isn’t the case. The body will waste copious amounts of energy turning the sugar in the snack into energy to use in your body and the boost will be short lived, and inevitably leaving you more drained as it imbalances your blood sugar. The best things to snack on are fresh fruit or whole grain products.
Tip 8: Exercise
A good way to become energised is to keep yourself active. Exercise gets your heart pumping and increases your metabolism, but more importantly it releases endorphins which gives you that same happy sensation you get when you have sex or eat chocolate, for this reason your brain begins to crave it more.
Tip 9: Detox
Throughout your daily life we ingest things that pollute our bodies. These are called toxins and they can make us ill, depressed, lethargic and bloated. It is good to flush these toxins out of our bodies every so often. There are many diets available however certain fruits such as cranberries and pomegranates are a good way to flush the bad toxins out.
Tip 10: Laugh
Laughter is undoubtedly the best energiser. Laughter generates chemicals in the blood that boost well-being. Laughter gives an over-all feeling of relief. Enjoy a good, hearty laugh every day, and increase your energy and your feeling of happiness.