Do These 5 Things Everday For More Energy

Do you find you're always so damn tired? I remember until about a year and a half ago I HAD to nap every day for about 20 minutes just to function. I applied these easy 5 steps and that was a thing of the past!




When I was around 15 I was ALWAYS tired. Like cripplingly tired all the time


I HAD to nap at least once a day just to feel normal, and I could fall asleep anywhere at any time with no problem what so ever


My second job (after a paperboy) was a Saturday boy in my local butchers, for my hours break I would dart home (stinking of bleach and raw meat) and nap for as long as possible before making my way back in


It was soo boring always feeling groggy and dull


I even saw a doctor a few times, but they didn't really have an answer except that I was a growing teen


As I got older the tiredness slightly diminished but I still relied on daily naps and a lot of coffee


But as I hit 24 I decided being so damn tired all the time was boring and I wanted to do something about it


These are the 5 things I did





1. I STOPPED RELYING ON COFFEE (OR ENERGY DRINKS)


A normal morning for me (and a vast majority of the UK) was to wake up, stumble to the kettle and pour out a big ole cuppa coffee


As my readers all know I love coffee. Coffees the best!


The problem is when we consume caffeine the moment we wake up we're pumping a stimulant into our body to alert us


Our body already produces a natural stimulant called "Cortisol" which helps us to wake up and feel more alert naturally


Our bodies natural reaction is to think "there's already this stimulant entering the body, I won't bother producing any of my own"


In essence, if you're pouring a substance into your body that it already creates, your body stops making it - this can lead to feeling ridiculously groggy on days you can't get your morning coffee fix


The other issue with coffee is that once the initial caffeine buzz has worn off, we tend to have less energy than before, which kinda eliminates the process of coffee in the first place


Unless you just keep topping yourself up every 2 hours? Which I wouldn't recommend either


By no means am I saying that coffee is bad for you, because it's really not, but if you are struggling with your energy levels just make sure that coffee is working for you, not against you





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2. DRINK MORE DAMN WATER


Come on, you saw it coming


In essence, we are all bags of water. Our body is 60% water and our muscles are around 80%


Every single organ in the body runs better when hydrated, which logically means; less hydration = less energy


I use to really struggle to get my water in, and in all honesty, I found it really boring


But recently I've found a few tricks that have worked wonders for me and a few of my clients


I don't know if you're like me, but a lot of the time I don't really fancy drinking water


When I'm training I do and when I'm nursing a killer hangover


But other than that I usually stick to a sugar-free squash or even huge cups of green tea


My rule is to always have a water bottle on me in my rucksack and a glass at my desk of squash


Here's the worlds simplest tip: Just carry a full water bottle

Don't even set the goal of drinking it. If your bottle is in arms-length you'll find you're constantly sipping away at it


Every day when I get home I fill up my jar with squash and plop it next to me. Before I know it I'm going for a sip and the damn things empty (again)


(Also fun fact about me, I only drink out of jam jars. When I was at my previous gym I needed a glass so grabbed a used pickled onion jar from home and I've done so ever since)


Still struggling? Try this: 3 Hacks To Drinking More Water





3. EAT REAL FOOD


Those of you that read my blogs regularly know that I'm a flexible dieter and this is the same approach I use with all my clients


In essence, I eat 80% clean and make sure every day I'm roughly hitting my daily calories. To learn more read: The best diet in the world


So every Tuesday evening (which is tonight yayaya) I eat 3 double cheeseburgers from Mc Donalds


(..Have I lost any readers yet?)


Anyway


After my 3 double cheeseburgers, a diet coke and WW2 documentary (obsessed at the moment) I crash


And I mean crash. Like "eyes barely open as If I've had a massage, smoked a joint and been awake for 6 straight days" kinda tired


The reason I feel like that is because of the vast quantity of food and the fact that I'm slightly intolerant to gluten


When we eat big portions our body has to spend a lot of time and energy digesting


This is why work meetings after lunch are a complete waste of time because no one's focusing on a damn thing


  1. Big portions will make you drowsy

  2. Foods you're intolerant to (common ones are dairy and gluten) will make you sleepy

  3. So will really sugary foods as the crash will leave you feeling exhausted


So try to eat 80% clean, real foods and limit huge sugar hits to feel consistently more awake


Don't forget to check out: The Best Diet Plan In The World





4. MOVE MORE

Very simply when we exercise our body floods oxygen and nutrients through our tissues


When the lungs and heart become stronger and have a consistent flow of oxygen, we have more energy


Simple ideas are to invest in a step counter and aim to hit at least 10k a day


Other ideas include weekly exercise classes, hikes or bike rides


It honestly doesn't matter, just find something you want to do


Hey, one of my clients David even goes to salsa a few times a week


Be more like David. Move more and enjoy it!


Read Next: The 8 Most Effective Exercises For A Stronger, Leaner Body





5. DO SOMETHING THAT STIMULATES YOUR BRAIN


So my business is my baby. I live and breath Primal and I work long hours to produce the best bootcamps, training and results I physically can


(And it's only going to get better)


Until summer I'm still a one-man-band, which means I run all the classes, 1:1 sessions, marketing, emails, social media posts and interaction, blog posts etc


And I love it. It constantly excites me and demands my attention which I'm more than happy to provide


BUT. To run a successful company I use Facebook ads... urghh


I mean. what the hell.


It's awful. To track results I have to use a Windows 98 style dashboard with hundreds of random numbers, stats, percentages and charts


It's a nightmare. So I hired a FB ad agent to help set them up and video what I needed to do for future use


So a normal day for me is up at around 5 or 6am and work through until about midnight with a few breaks in the day


And that's fine for me, I love it, I thrive off it.. but the second I'm told to watch the Facebook ad videos sent by my ad lady I INSTANTLY start to feel tired


Instantly.


My eyes are heavy, I can feel myself sliding down my chair and I'm literally not paying an ounce of attention


My drive has plummeted to rock bottom and my energy has been zapped clean


Because I hate it! It doesn't interest me in the slightest


I'm no career advisor or mentor so I'm certainly not in a position to give you advice, so please feel free to completely disregard this information


But you have to do something you love. Like, truly love.


If you're working in some crappy office, punching numbers into a screen and feeling yourself getting tired at 2pm every day


Then the first 4 tips will barely scratch the surface


Love what you do. Challenge yourself daily and work on something that truly makes a difference to others


..Then tell me you're tired







SLEEP


Bit weird ey? 5 tips on energy and I don't even mention sleep?


We all know that energy stems from a good nights sleep and it's something that I've covered extensively before


So instead I'll link you to two other blogs on sleep:


Do These 3 Things To Guarantee A Better Nights Sleep


8 Benefits Of A Good Nights Sleep



CONCLUSION


Remaining alert and energized is 100% down to the lifestyle choices you decide to make


Sleeps the obvious first step to feeling more awake but a lot of the foods and drinks we're consuming aren't working in our favour


If your low energy levels are really effecting you then follow these 5 rules below clearly laid out for you





If failing that please see a doctor (:


Thank you so much for reading!


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