Happy New Year!
I know I'm about a week late but that is exactly my point.
By this stage most people who made new years resolutions on the 1st of January have dropped them already and regressed to their previous bad habits.
Which is why I'm chiming in now to give you a friendly kick in the butt.
So if you want to make 2016 your best year yet but you're not quite sure if you have the energy to do it, here are some strategies for you to implement today to get yourself back on track.
1. Quality over quantity when it comes to coffee:
Serious coffee drinkers know the feeling of strong desire (desparation?) that hits them in the morning and urges them to get their first cup into their body asap.
Some of us reach for something quick and easy such as instant coffee.
Others have a nespresso machine at home and turn to this instead.
And the rest of us tend to head to a cafe once we leave the house.
And some of you weirdos out there don't even drink coffee!
For the month of January I challenge you to only drink water throughout your morning routine, head to a cafe before work and do not drink your first coffee until you sit down, relax and are about to start your first task for the day.
For those of you who work from home, I would like you to leave your house, walk down to your local cafe and consume it there.
If you don't live near a cafe, get some good quality coffee beans (I recommend Toby's Estate and Campos) and make your own coffee at home using a plunger.
Either way, the aim of the game here is to make your first coffee of the day non-rushed, good quality and delayed by at least 1 hour after you wake up.
2. Follow the rainbow:
No, this isn't a skittles commercial.
What I'm referring to is the rainbow of colours available when it comes to fruits & vegetables.
We all know about mainstream micro-nutrients such as Vitamin C, the B Vitamins and Zinc but what other nutrients are out there that we don't yet know about?
By increasing your veggie intake you are increasing your chances of covering all your bases nutritionally and almost everyone who increases their veggie intake reports back to me with increased daily energy levels, better skin, better digestion and a stronger immune system.
Personally I eat a lot of the following:
Green: Baby spinach, Cucumbers, green capsicum
Purple: Red/Purple Cabbage, Blueberries
Red: Red capsicum, red apples, nectarines
Yellow: Squash, yellow capsicum, fresh apricots
I always throw in a few veggies when cooking my breakfast and lunch but I eat most of my daily veggie intake at dinner in the form of a massive salad and I recommend you try the same strategy so as to minimise your chances of becoming bloated throughout the day from eating a lot of veggies.
3. Establish a strong circadian rhythm:
I've talked about the importance of this so many times before but I will not hesitate to talk about it again.
By going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning you are establishing a rhythm.
After doing this for awhile your body will become more effective when it comes to sleeping which means that you can feel even more refreshed and energised from the same amount of sleep each night simply because your body is prepared.
Of course there are going to be times when this gets thrown out the window but if you can keep your rhythm strong 6+ days per week, you will be able to reap the benefits.
4. Schedule playtime:
For most high performers and obsessive list makers it becomes increasingly harder to unwind as the year gets busier.
So instead of working until you burn out and are forced to take some down time I instead recommend scheduling some "playtime" each week where you block out a chunk of time on your schedule and make yourself do something fun.
It could be as simple as catching up with a friend for coffee, seeing a movie, reading a book, or doing anything that you personally find exciting, this will help recharge your mental battery.
5. Exercise - Change your routine, change your energy levels:
Most people could do with some more exercise.
Some people however, could do with less.
I challenge you to find the right routine for you and experiment with some different approaches this year.
A high performing corporate type who also trains like a professional athlete every evening and on the weekends tends to suffer a lot when it comes to energy levels and could benefit from the occasional less intense, less serious session.
Also, someone who only jogs could really gain some benefits from the occasional explosive intense bout of exercise such as sprinting or weightlifting.
So try something different this month and see how you feel.
If you're the weight training type: Replace one of your weights sessions with pilates or yoga for a month.
If you're the endurance type e.g. jogging, cycling, swimming: Replace one of your usual sessions with a sprint session or a weightlifting session and see how your body reacts.
The aim of the game here is to give your nervous system a break from your usual exercise routine and give yourself a chance at achieving even better energy levels than you currently have.
And that's it for now
Happy new year, I hope you have a kick ass January and I look forward to hearing about the results you achieve by simply implementing the above strategies into your routine.
Live with energy
CEO and Co Founder: Upside Nutrition
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