One thing that I have noticed recently is how physically and mentally tired and drained I have been feeling. Over the last few months, it would take me close on 45 minutes to drag myself out of bed, I'd go to work, get back to the flat and have little energy to do much else. Not much of a life if I'm honest!
And it seemed to be getting worse. It got to just past 2 o' clock one afternoon and I genuinely felt I could drop off for a nap at my desk and sleep for a week. This feeling was a bit of a wake up call that something wasn't right. I'd been blaming my tiredness on revision and exams before Christmas, and during January it was 'getting back into the swing of things' that I thought was my problem.
But then I got talking to someone who works in fitness coaching & knows a lot about nutrition, and he told me what I'm about to share with you lovely people that has genuinely made me feel 150% better!
Thinking about it, the following 3 facts are facts that I probably already knew, but just didn't have the motivation to get going with them.
So, if like me, you've been feeling constantly exhausted, these 3 little changes might just help you feel a whole lot better, and give you a lot more energy!
Now I'm not sure about you, but I definitely don't drink this amount of water, and I do well to drink a small bottle in the day! I also drink quite a lot of coffee when I'm in work, which can obviously make you feel more dehydrated, which isn't good!
I've definitely tried to swap the caffeine for water, and do you know what, I've definitely noticed a difference in my skin! The bags around my eyes just aren't as prominent anymore!
So the green tea wasn't in the advice I was given, but again, the benefits of this stuff are huge! Green tea is super good for you, and has even been proven to speed up your metabolism (and hence aid with weight loss)! I haven't quite got used to the taste of pure green tea yet, so I drink Green Tea with Jasmine, which I'm loving at the minute.
2. Eat Well || Do you remember when your Mum used to tell you to eat you your fruit & veg because it will make you big and strong? Turns out, she wasn't far from the truth! Your diet can have a massive impact on both helping to tone up, as well as giving you energy. Eating the right foods is essential. If you clean up your diet, your body will reward you with good energy from good food.
Try and make sure you get a lot of fruit & veg, a lot of rice, pasta & potatoes will give you energy, fish is a really good source of protein and try and avoid foods with high sugar or fat content.
3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! || For me, this consists of getting my bum back to the gym. Once I get myself in a routine, I actually really enjoy going, and I feel great afterwards! I like challenging myself while I'm there and I find myself setting myself little personal goals, which has really helped me get back motivated.
The one thing I did notice though is how quickly your fitness can disappear after just a few months off! I actually found it really frustrating but by setting myself goals (and with the odd little treat thrown in there) I'm slowly getting it back!
With any form of exercise, you are definitely going to feel tired afterwards, but our bodies love to repair themselves and it will repair and restore your muscles, and your heart, so you feel fitter and have more energy next time.
As always, things take time to improve and see the bigger benefits. But having implemented these things into my own life over the last few weeks, I can honestly say I've noticed a massive difference, and I have bags more energy than I did! I genuinely feel great!
Do you guys have any advice?