28 Nov How-To Beat Fatigue in The Lead Up to Summer
There’s nothing like a bit of warm weather to motivate a stricter diet and rigorous exercise program to get you in shape for Summer. Summer means more skirts, more shorts, more crops and yes, more bikinis.
And while it’s important to know that the ‘bikini body’ is a myth, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to put in a bit of work to feel better about yourself after shedding three layers of Winter clothing.
I know I’m not the only person who steps up their game in preparation for Summer. But not only do we begin exercising more as it warms up, our social calendars start to fill and work always seems to get more hectic toward the end of the year. That’s why it’s so important to listen to your body and avoid burning out.
No matter how much sleep we try to get, fatigue can be debilitating and feel impossible to manage. But there are a few things you can do alongside your new found motivation for hitting the gym to avoid overworking yourself and falling flat.
Eat more protein and complex carbs– One of my favourite things about eating a healthy diet is the fact that you don’t actually have to deprive yourself. In fact, I found that as I began working out more often, my trainer advised to begin eating more than I was before. The secret was just what I had to be eating more of.
Both protein such as chicken, tuna and tofu, complex carbs such as sweet potato and whole grains and beans keep you feeling fuller for longer thanks to their slow release of energy. They limit you wanting to snack as you’ll feel satiated and full of energy.
Plan ahead to eat healthy snacks– If, like me, you love to snack, depriving yourself altogether can quickly result in a binge session on the wrong kinds of foods and a slump in your energy levels. Instead, work a few snacks into your meal plan, just ensure they’re healthy. Vegetable crudités with hummus, a protein shake, oat cakes with peanut butter and strawberries and avocado on whole grain crackers make great snack options.
Drink more water– It is literally the answer to everything health and beauty related. Water is the single most important thing to be putting into your body and keeps everything functioning normally. When everything is functioning properly internally, you’ll have more energy, a clearer mind and probably even find you’re sleeping better. Upping your water intake is particularly important when you begin exercising more often.
Use magnesium oil– Before using a magnesium oil spray, I was skeptical about it’s ability to relieve muscle aches and pains but I was wrong to doubt its power. Magnesium is packed full of relaxing properties. By helping regulate neuromuscular signals, muscle contractions and balancing calcium levels within the body, magnesium can help muscles relax and contract, easing pain and cramps in the process.
It’s also known to boost energy levels, calms your nerves and can even help you to get a good night of rest thanks to its ability to calm your mind.
Reduce your caffeine intake– The last thing you probably want to hear as a packed schedule looms is that you may have to skip a few coffees each week. Unfortunately, reducing your caffeine intake can help to regulate your energy levels and avoid sudden and uncontrollable peaks and lows. You should always start to cut down caffeine slowly over three weeks, a widely recommended timeframe to break your addiction.