5 Habits I Practice To Keep My Energy Levels Sky High
Trainer Guest Blog Post by Cassie Brown from Boston sent us some ideas on how to keep my energy levels high:
When I tell people that I wake up at 4am every day to train clients, and teach classes until 7/8pm several nights a week without drinking a single cup of coffee, they look at me like I’m an alien. Then, they ask me if I’m superhuman. Not gonna lie, I’m kinda down with the parallels to Superman ;-) Let’s be real though - I’m NOT superhuman. What I am is super in tune with my body. After several years of using coffee to get through long days of sessions and exhausting classes, I began to realize that coffee is a quick fix. It’s like taking a loan of energy from your body. And man oh man, if you don’t mindfully pay that loan back, your body will, (not so kindly), demand its payback in due time.
Below, I’ve listed daily habits I practice in order to proactively maintain my energy. I’ve also shared tricks that work well when I find my energy slipping away before my day is through. The equation to controlled energy levels is different for everyone, but my hope is that you find adding even a couple of these habits to your own unique energy equation leaves life feeling easy, breezy and beautiful!!
- Drink a mug of warm lemon water upon waking up
This gently wakes and kickstarts your digestive system and helps your body flush toxins. It helps me avoid lethargy caused by food digesting slowly, (“the itis”), and helps rid me of toxins from my environment, (what I eat, the air I breathe and the stressors I cope with), so my body and mind feel less “heavy”.
- Boost 3+ smoothies/meals a week with Maca Powder
Maca is a root that gets pummeled into a power. A mere 1tsp-1tbsp of this magical powder mixed into a smoothie, oatmeal or any meal helps keep hormone levels controlled so that you experience less peaks and valleys in your energy and mood. Confession: it’s not actually magical… but as a Fit Pro, my endorphin and blood sugar levels are changing by the hour as the intensity of classes and private sessions vary, and I swear Maca keeps my attitude in check.
- Keep hydrated
Water is life. I know I don’t need to preach to you about this! I probably drink a minimum of 8oz of water per hour, and even more during the more physically intense hours.
- Eat often
I inherited a dependence on regular meals from my mom. She’s hypoglycemic, (experiences low blood sugar if she waits too long between meals), and growing up she never went more than 4 hours without eating, so neither did I. Due to a lifetime of this practice, I’ve developed a condition known as “hanger”. Are you familiar?? It’s basically 100% lack of productivity, patience and decency due to extreme hunger ;-)
- Workout/get active at least 5 days a week
A body in motion stays in motion. Weeks when I’m less active the days feel longer, the nights feel shorter, and my stiff, creaky body leads to a foggy, distracted brain.
- Drink up!
If I’m feeling tired and know I haven’t been drinking as much water as my body likes, I chug 8-16oz of water. If I have been drinking plenty of water, I grab a green juice to pump my body full of detoxing and energizing nutrients.
- Eat 2 clementines
Studies suggest that, (IV doses of), Vitamin C can affectively treat cases of depression. When the “I’m just not in the mood” kind of tired strikes me, I find this trick brightens me back up.
- Move for at least 10min
I play with my dog, do body weight strength exercises, dance to Beyonce in the mirror, (I ain’t sorry), foam roll, stretch, just to name a few ideas. Do you, boo boo.