Supercharge Your Energy Levels

Salisbury Super Sports Endorses these Tips to Boost Your Energy

After an exhilarating game of indoor cricket at Salisbury Super Sports, it’s not unusual to feel energised. The latest studies, which were published in a recent Psychological Bulletin, indicate that frequent exercise improves our energy levels. Dr Patrick O’Connor, of the University of Georgia, USA, stated, “… if you’re physically inactive and fatigued, being just a bit more active will help”.

In other words, instead of reaching for a cup of coffee or an energy drink, we should put on our running shoes, beach shoes, sneakers, runners or whatever other name we call our exercise shoes, and perform some physical activity. If possible, exercise should be the type that increases our heart rates.

Exercising consistently, either through partaking in a specific sport, a workout at a gym or even fast walking, will increase our circulation and keep our hearts in a healthy condition.

Yet another way to energise our bodies is to take a short nap during the day if possible. Research indicates that a ‘power nap’ after a hectic morning or after using the brain for several hours is the ideal way to rejuvenate not only our bodies, but also our minds. If a short nap isn’t possible, we should attempt to get eight hours of sleep every night, but no less than six hours. A night of living it up and crawling into bed for three or four hours’ sleep is acceptable on special occasions. However, to make this a regular habit is detrimental to the health of even the fittest of athletes.

Eat a nutritious breakfast! It’s amazing how so many people grab a cup of coffee and a biscuit and think that they will be able to survive until lunchtime. Yes, it is possible, to make it through the morning, but those who do so might wonder why they are feeling so tired. A healthy breakfast that contains protein and fibre and not too many carbohydrates keeps up our energy levels and helps to maintain our blood sugar at an acceptable balance. For instance, oatmeal with the addition of a favourite fruit is one of the healthiest breakfast meals. Yoghurt with fresh fruit is also a wholesome meal, especially the Greek variety. Anita says “I pile my natural Greek yoghurt with blueberries, goji berries and LSA mix, it keeps me full and gives me energy!”

Stress and worry can also greatly reduce our energy levels. When we become over anxious, we use up a great deal of energy. It can leave us both emotionally and physically drained. Suppressing our anger can also deplete our energy. In place of these energy sapping emotions we should do something that we enjoy, such as listening to some favourite music, reading a book or playing a few computer games. Nevertheless, the best stress reliever is probably exercising or taking up a sport.

Andy N, a member of Super Sports says, “Playing indoor netball keeps me fit and also gets rid of the tensions of a stressful week. Running and jumping after the ball has been a great way to keep me in good shape, and at the same time, it gives me the energy to take care of my lively young daughters”.

Next time you are feeling lethargic try some of these remedies to help boost your energy. Not only will you benefit; your family will also be delighted.