Two Steps to Boost Your Energy

It’s easy to be more sedentary during the colder months. It’s the season of hibernation and, while, it may feel nice to do less, it actually can take a tow on our energy. Energy is one of the most limiting factors in accomplishing our daily tasks and overall goals in life. If we don’t have the energy to chase our dreams, we risk falling into stagnation. The good news is there are a couple things we can do to raise our energy level permanently.

Have a regular workout routine.

That’s right. While it may seem as if being physically active would take all of our energy, it actually has the opposite affect and raises our energy levels. The two types of physical exertion that are important to increasing your energy levels are resistance training and cardiovascular exercise.

1. Resistance Training

The first of the two, resistance training, includes forms of exercise that range from use of stretch bands all the way to intense weightlifting.  Regardless of the intensity, there is a direct correlation between resistance training and the speed of our metabolism.  This is because muscle tissue is more active than fatty tissue. The more lean tissue we have on our body, the more calories we burn throughout our day. Resistance training increases our lean body tissue.

2. Cardiovascular Exercise

The other type of physical activity is cardiovascular exercise.  Performing exercises that get our heart beating for a moderate amount of time consumes calories, which, given a good diet as well, should lead to weight loss. This means we are carrying less weight around, which in turn will make us more energetic. However, we must be consistent with our exercise. It can be daunting at times. A personal trainer will help hold us accountable and offer us exercises that keep us on the course.

Watch your diet.

We know food has a great ability to raise our energy levels. The problem is some foods cause much more of a crash than others, meaning that more food is required more frequently.  Foods containing simple starches and sugars can raise our energy quickly, but at the expense of a crash. This crash is avoided by eating a diet rich in whole grains and protein.  Whole grains have a much lower glycemic value, meaning they provide much more sustained energy. Protein can slow the absorption of simple carbs, helping avoid the quick and constant cravings. Keeping a food diary can help us find poor eating habits and how they affect us. From there, we can embrace healthier habits and feel rewarded in our efforts by enjoying the increase in energy. 

Article written by Emily Morris – FDF Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor