Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Resisting the Nanna Nap

Abbey having one of her many naps a day.

Have you been feeling a little bit run-down and tired lately? Here are some of my tips on getting your energy back.

1. Are you getting enough sleep?
This may seem obvious, but so many people complain that they are always tired, can't concentrate properly, etc. when they are only getting a few hours sleep each night.
It is important that you plan your sleep. What time do you need to wake up tomorrow in order to get ready, have breakfast and travel to where you need to be on time? Then subtract 7-9hrs from that and you have a bedtime. For example, I generally wake up at 5am, so I aim to be in bed by 9pm, or earlier.

2. Are you eating your vegetables?
You cannot expect your body to be energetic and at optimum health if you are not giving it the right fuel! Aim for the recommended 2 fruit and 5 veg to be your minimum daily intake.

3. Could you be low in iron?
Iron is involved in the transport of oxygen throughout your body, so low levels can result in fatigue. Some iron rich food include red meat, eggs, dark green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach, kale), nuts, seeds and wholegrain breads.

4. Spirulina
Spirulina is a salt water plant that is very high in protein, vitamins and minerals. So high in fact that it is thought to be one of the most nutrient-complete food sources on Earth! Spirulina is particularly high in the B vitamins, which is one of the main reasons it helps to increase energy. You can buy the tablet form or the powdered form and add it to smoothies.

5. Exercise
This may seem a little odd - "But how can I exercise when I'm fatigued?" Well, it turns out that there has been some research done that suggests doing low impact exercise when you're tired will increase energy levels. Going for a walk or doing some stretches could help you to resist a 'nanna nap.' Don't believe me? Well you can read about it yourself here and here.

I had to add this one of Abbey in her signature position.

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional

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