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Posted by Fit Body Boot Camp
January 6, 2017 • 9 min read
What’s the one phrase most commonly uttered by people in the world today?
It’s really easy to get swept up in the busyness of life. People often overwork themselves and neglect their physical needs, such as rest.
What if you had the secrets to unlocking and maintaining your energy levels throughout the entire day?
You’re in luck, because today is all about beating fatigue and reclaiming your enthusiasm for life. First, you have to identify the causes of your fatigue. Here are a few possible culprits behind sluggishness.
Some people are prone to quickly (within seconds) fall into a deep sleep. This is a condition known as narcolepsy.
Caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, narcolepsy can throw off one’s sleep schedule by forcing them to doze off at random. Without consistent sleep, one might stumble through the day feeling groggy and unproductive.
If you’re experiencing hallucinations, muscle spasms, or temporary paralysis, you might want to consult with a doctor on how to best cope with narcolepsy. The more control you have over your sleep schedule, the more rest you can give your body.
One thing to note: narcolepsy is a rare condition. Chances are, you probably don’t have it, unless you heavily experience the above symptoms.
Those who experience trouble breathing properly during sleep might suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can cause excessive snoring and breathing complications during the middle of the night. You can see how this could break up peaceful rest and leave the sleeper feeling worn out by the morning.
Your body needs six-to-eight hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. If you alleviate any hurdles to falling into deep slumber, you’ll feel more energized when you wake up.
Insomnia is a condition where the body refuses to fall asleep. Oftentimes insomniacs barely scrap up a couple hours of sleep before the break of dawn.
Even if someone adapts to a lack of sleep, fatigue will still catch up to him or her. The body requires rest to function properly.
No one can cheat that.
Plenty of natural methods can combat insomnia, including physically fatiguing oneself, medicine, and meditation.
Those who are overweight or obese tend to fall into erratic sleeping habits.
If someone is overweight, they might find working out a challenge. This lethargy could fuel overeating. After overeating, a person’s initial reaction is usually to lie down and rest.
All of these factors contribute to excessive fatigue and could potentially throw off one’s sleeping schedule. By exercising consistently, you’ll feel revitalized for the remainder of the day. Then, sleep will come more naturally once nighttime arrives.
Sometimes, prescription drugs can leave users feeling drowsy and lethargic. It’s the price one has to pay to receive the treatment these drugs provide.
For people who take medication for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gastro esophageal reflux, seizures, anxiety, allergies, depression, or psychiatric disorders, they might be at risk of feeling sleepier throughout the day.
The best way to fight these sleepy symptoms is naturally, since you don’t want to stockpile your body with too many medications at once. Always be mindful of what you put into your body!
Now, let’s dive into how to get more sleep and feel more productive throughout your day!
Tire Yourself Out (At the Right Time)
To an extent, being tired is unavoidable. The key is to remain alert during the peak hours of your day, so you can be productive and focused.
Of course, the best time to get good rest is at night. Thus, it makes sense to engage in tiring activities at the end of the day to drive your body to a more naturally fatigued state.
You could go for a long run, read a book, write in a journal, or meditate. If you condition your brain long enough, you’ll habitually spend your best energy during the day and recharge at night.
Eat the Right Foods
Think of food as “energy currency”. The healthier the food you consume is, the fuller your “energy bank” will be. Then, you’ll have a lot more energy to draw from throughout a long day.
Since people are on-the-go all the time, they need fuel every step of the way. That’s why snacking is so important; it ensures that our energy tank never drops to empty. Always snack healthy, though, or you’ll be adding more junk than fuel to your body.
Proteins are a terrific source of energy, so try and sneak some into as many meals and snacks as you can. For short-term bursts, fruit can provide sugar and is healthier than most other sugar alternatives. Eating carbs the night before can provide longer-term energy.
There has to be a reason why so many people flock to the gym each morning.
Not only do you get a great workout in, you kick your body into high gear for the rest of your day. The only pitfall people often fall into is overworking themselves, draining their energy reserves before their day starts.
If this sounds appealing to you, Fit Body Boot Camp’s got you covered. We specialize in 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts that get your blood flowing and don’t waste too much of your time. After your workout, you’ll feel pumped and will continue to burn calories with our signature Afterburn effect.
Keep Your Goals Close in Mind
People love to daydream and escape the realities of their lives.
But when you have goals to achieve, it’s hard to stay down and out for too long.
What you want to do is set a wide range of short-term and long-term goals for yourself. But you can’t let those goals slip out of your mind…
By always being conscious of your motivations – whether it’s working, exercising or dieting – you’ll have no reason to lose focus and get lazy. This is how the great pioneers of society pushed the boundaries of their fields; they let their goals and dreams drive their wills.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have superhero powers? In relation to this article, what if you could have unlimited supplies of energy?
The sad fact is that no one has unlimited energy reserves. Even if someone follows all the tips above, they’ll still hit a wall if they don’t pace themselves properly.
There’s a simple remedy to this: take short breaks. If you’re at work, don’t stare at the screen for too long. If you’re eating a delicious meal, slow down and enjoy the food while letting it digest.
One more thing is to listen to your body. If you start to feel fatigued, ease up and rest. Push yourself only when you know you have plenty in the tank to sustain your energy output.
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