If you are constantly feeling tired, you are not alone. One doctor answered her patient’s question about why she was so tired by saying “Everyone in the world is tired; it’s the number one complaint.” What’s to blame? Long work hours, stress, poor diet and lack of exercise. While not many of us can do anything to shorten our work hours, we can improve our diet and exercise patterns.
The problem with starting an exercise regime is that many people report being too tired after a long day at the office to hit the gym. Unfortunately, this creates a bad cycle – the lack of energy leads us to avoid exercise, but not staying active decreases our energy levels more and more. How do we stop this cycle? With smart decisions about what we consume and how we stay active.
Two Fun Ways to Stay Active
Other than being too tired, another reason people don’t exercise is that they don’t want to spend an hour on the treadmill when they can meet their friends for happy hour. However, being active doesn’t have to be boring – there are social ways to exercise!
Cycling is a great combination of both fitness and fun; all you need is your significant other, child or a friend, and you’re ready to go! Instead of meeting a friend over coffee, you can enjoy a nice ride around your neighborhood, catching up along the way.
If you want to find solace and peace after work, cycling can provide that as well. Just grab your phone or ipod and a pair of headphones, and relax to your favorite music as you unwind after a long day.
Group Exercise Classes
While all types of fitness have benefits, perhaps none have more than group exercise classes. First, you have a multitude of options – yoga, dance, pilates, indoor cycling, kickboxing, etc. – you just need to figure out what your fitness goals are. Second, you work with an instructor, an expert in the given field, who is able to teach you new routines and correct mistakes you may be making. Third, you are able to work out with others, either friends, or people who can become your new friends.
Group exercise classes are offered at many different locations, such as gyms, the YMCA, or independent locations. They vary by price, length and endurance level, so do your research before you join.
By taking up cycling, group fitness classes, or other exercise routines, you will raise your energy levels. WebMD states that “in a study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in 2008, University of Georgia researchers found that inactive folks who normally complained of fatigue could increase energy by 20% while decreasing fatigue by as much as 65%.”
Three Ways to Increase Energy Levels with what you Consume
In addition to staying active, making changes in your diet will lead to more energy. Many people fail when they drastically change the way they eat, but making small and easy changes can help you stick to them. We recommend three things to increase energy levels – one meal, one drink and one supplement.
Meal – Oatmeal
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; but what is the best option to eat in the morning? Oatmeal! This nutrition-packed meal is quick and easy to make, and can be prepared the day before to save you time in the morning.
Oats are the good kind of carbohydrates – complex and slow to digest. Instead of carbs that raise your energy levels and make you crash right after, this low glycemic meal slowly raises your glycemic levels, keeping you alert and ready to face the day.
Oatmeal is beneficial not only in the mornings – eating it three hours before a workout will improve your endurance levels! For an extra boost, add other foods that raise energy levels, such as bananas, shaved almonds and honey.
Drink – Smoothie
While eating fresh fruits and vegetables is optimal, it’s hard to consume the required daily amounts we need for optimal energy levels. A great solution to this problem is making a smoothie, which requires throwing healthy ingredients into a blender, adding some ice, and getting on with your day.
Aside from common smoothie ingredients, such as bananas, berries, kale and spinach, learn what else you can add to boost your energy. These additions include:
- Peanut butter
- Protein powder
- Coconut oil
- Chia seeds
- Flax Seeds
Supplement – Vitamin B
Although eating a nutritious diet is optimal for health, it’s tough to get all of the much-needed nutrients from food. A great supplement for energy is Vitamin B, which is actually made up of eight different types:
- Thiamin – Vitamin B1
- Riboflavin – Vitamin B2
- Niacin – Vitamin B3
- Pantothenic Acid – Vitamin B5
- Pyridoxine – Vitamin B6
- Biotin – Vitamin B7
- Folic Acid – Vitamin B9
- Cobalamin – Vitamin B12
Although they play different roles in our bodies, one of the most important contributions of B vitamins is increased energy levels. For example, deficiency of Vitamin B12 in the blood has been linked with low energy levels. Those with a deficiency in this crucial vitamin may choose to take 2.4 mcg/day of Vitamin B12 daily.
To keep up with our active lifestyles, we need to promote our energy levels with exercise and a proper diet and supplement regiment. In order to maximize the effects of the vitamins and nutrients on our health, we need to ensure that as much as possible gets absorbed by our blood stream, in other words, become bioavailable.
Our FDA-approved product, Willard Water®, is designed to do just that – make vitamins and nutrients from food and supplements more bioavailable. In fact, Integrative Health Systems, LLC, found that this patented product helps water-soluble vitamins, such as Vitamin B, to get absorbed by our bodies. The study proved that taking Vitamin B12 and folate with Willard Water® for a period of 30 days helped the nutrients get better absorbed by cells.
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Don’t take our word for it, try Willard Water® for yourself, and tell us if you feel the difference after 30 days!