I have been running with some colleagues over lunch but once mid-afternoon hits, I feel like my energy is zapped and I feel drowsy at my desk.
Good for you for seizing the opportunity to move your body. For many people increased exercise and consequent enhanced wellness increase work productivity. With a few suggestions and a tweak to your plan, I am confident that we can up your game.
Here are 8 suggestions to have you pepped up and benefiting from your healthy lifestyle habit.
- Make sure that you are drinking enough water and eating your vegetables –at least 2-cups of veggies a day and 2-litres of water. The water will help your body recover from the exercise and the minerals in your vegetables aid hydration. If you only add extra water and consume a low-vegetable diet there is a good chance that you will simply void the water and deprive your body of fluids.
- Divide your food between breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack and dinner. Frequent eating helps ensure that you are delivering enough calories to your muscles to fuel your exercise and recovery.
- Make sure each meal and snack is anchored by protein paired with vegetables, fruit and/or whole grain. Protein helps balance blood sugar while supporting your metabolism, muscle and bone health.
- Talk to your Naturopath or Medical Doctor to determine if it is worth testing your blood for deficiencies such as iron, B12, or thyroid hormone. Deficiencies in these areas can compromise energy.
- Review your daily nutrition and move towards limiting sugar and foods made from flour. While sugar might make you feel good in the moment it leads to an eventual fall in blood sugar and consequent drop in energy.
- Sometimes a drop in energy can signal a food sensitivity or delayed-type allergy. Your Naturopath can help test for these or develop an elimination plan aimed at identifying intolerances.
- Consider taking a B-complex and adrenal support to balance your active lifestyle.
- Finally, make sure you are going to sleep on time and getting quality rest. Many times when the system is drained or overworked, the sleep becomes superficial and the mind active.
I hope these suggestions bolster your stamina so you can keep the skip in your step.
“Health from the inside out.”
Dr. Kimberly McQueen BSc, ND is a Naturopathic Physician in Victoria, BC. In addition to her clinic work she has been a consultant to the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, Camosun College, Rugby Canada and Rowing Canada. P:778.433.4935 and www.kimmcqueen.com. Kim McQueen is one of the Co-founders of the nourishing Supershake, Rumble. See www.drinkrumble.com