I am going to try to make this as simple as possible – simplicity is key in a life that is crazy busy! If you have to give extra time to do these things, chances are you aren’t going to do them!
Increasing energy levels in the body!
1. Eating clean
Now I know that everyone can do this! If you go to the grocery store, just buy the good stuff!
Great sources of protein are eggs, fish, chicken, turkey and even beef (everyone once in a while!). Great sources of the healthy carbs we need, yes need, are fruits, veggies (I typically do frozen veggies so they don’t go bad), and beans! Voila! There are your meals!
Great sources of healthy fats are coconut oil, olive oil, and avocados. And yes I said fats. You need healthy fats in your daily food intake too! Fats help your body process and eliminate food more efficiently.
Make sure you are eating every 3-4 hours, even if it is just a small snack. Greek yogurts, trail mix, and hummus are my go to snacks.
Get rid of the chips, ice cream, the garbage that doesn’t make you feel good after! Let’s get clean!
2. More sleep
If you aren’t getting 7 or more hours a sleep, you aren’t getting enough.
Your body produces human growth hormone while you sleep and this is a very important hormone – helps with energy, keeping body weight in check, and helps your body recover post exercises….and leading into that.
3. Weight training
This is by far my favorite part! Adding 3 days of weight training for beginners to your day is going to be huge!
Weight training increases your energy levels, you feel better about yourself, increases metabolism, and increase lean body mass while decreasing fat body mass!
Doing total body for the first few weeks to let your body become accustomed to ensure no overtraining occurs. Aim for 10 reps of each exercise and 3 sets to start with.
Ladies I have seen this time and time again, don’t be afraid of the heavy weights!
We don’t have enough testosterone in our bodies to support become body builders. Body builders are taking a lot of supplements and typically hormones to help create their muscle tone. When weight training, if you finish your set of 10 reps and you feel like you could do 10 more, you don’t have enough weight.
My favorite quote that should be imprinted in your brain while you are weight training: ‘if I am not challenging, I am not changing’.
This is something that you need to be very conscious and proactive about. Drinking water is extremely important.
Think about it, your body is mostly water!
When you first wake up, drink 8-16 ounces of water. You should aim for an ounce of water per kg of body weight. I try to drink more than that, but also add in electrolytes (have a snack with some of the water that has some salt in it) so your cells can absorb more water!
Ways to increase your body energy levels
I am pro caffeine. I have 2-3 cups of coffee a day.
Do I drink it with cream? Nope. Do I drink it with sugar? Not a chance.
Drinking coffee black is the sure way to go. Adding coconut milk or almond milk is a great alternative to cream. Honey is a great alternative to sugar.
A healthy person can decrease their chance from Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, and decrease hypertension by drinking 2-3 cups of coffee. This is also the route I use for a pre-work out supplement. Some of the stuff that is put in pre-work outs are nasty and make me shakey.
Caffeine is a great way to get that ‘pumped up’ feeling.
Making your cardio sessions more intense is the key!
High intensity is what will make your heart rate go higher and that alone is the best way to increase your conditioning. High intensity cardio will leave you with more energy, a decrease in abdominal fat, and high level of conditioning. Even if it is just one time a week to start you will see these benefits!
7. Constant movement
A lot of people in the working world are stuck at a desk. Sitting for hours on end is detrimental even if you did weight train and condition that day.
Sitting for just an hour starts to reverse the hard work you have started.
Try to walk for 5-10 minutes every hour to get the blood flow moving, stretch your legs and to correct proper alignment. Continuing to move through out the day will give you more energy and will help your body in the long run.
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