How To Keep Up Energy Levels While Your Staying At Home
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To say that lockdown has been frustrating is an understatement. If you feel like it’s been hard adjusting to a new daily routine that mostly centres around your living room and kitchen, then you’re not alone! Being cooped up inside has left many struggling to maintain their energy levels during the day.
It doesn’t mean you have to admit defeat. We sat down with Olympian, Commonwealth Games Athlete and Ubiquinol Ambassador Eloise Wellings to discuss her five favourite ways to stay energised while working from home. Read below for some healthy tips and tricks that are sure to put the spring back in your step!
Create A Hydration Station
Staying hydrated is an important part of maintaining body function. Dehydration can affect your brain function, mood and energy levels. If we have a feeling of thirst, this indicates that we’ve already lost 2 to 3 percent of your body fluid. To top things off, dehydration can leave us feeling tired and lethargic because of lowered blood volume. Make sure you’re drinking enough water during the day as you need it - it could make the difference next time you feel a slump in your energy.
Eat A Nutritious Diet
I like to think of my body like an engine. If I don’t put the right fuel in, I don’t get the right results. It’s important to evaluate what exactly you’re putting into your body - a diet high in processed foods and sugars may affect your energy levels as well as your health. Don’t be put off by complex terms - try sticking to a balance of Proteins (such as Greek yoghurt, eggs, milk and cheese), healthy fats (salmon, avocado and nuts), and complex carbohydrates (such as brown rice and sweet potatoes). Choosing a nutritious balance of foods in your diet will help make sure that your energy levels don’t spike erratically during the day.
Find Time To Exercise
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of exercise during this time. It’s important to work out what suits you best and to make it work to your personal situation. You don’t have to worry about a lack of equipment! Get creative with what you’ve got at home and most importantly, have some fun. Daily health guidelines recommend 30 minutes of heart-raising exercise, and a brisk walk may be exactly what you need just to reinvigorate and refresh your focus during a break at work.
On a side note, try and stick to exercise activities you actually enjoy. It might sound obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many people are stuck doing something they hate for no good reason! There’s a sport out there for everyone, and our time in lockdown may be the perfect time to work out what it is.
Get Enough Good Quality Sleep
It’s been estimated that nearly 20-30% of the general population experience poor sleep. With increased workloads and shorter deadlines, sleep is often the first thing that gets put on the back burner. The recommended amount of sleep is 7 hours a night for adults. If you’re feeling grumpy or lethargic, you may want to consider if you’re getting enough sleep. It’s a stressful time right now for many with a constant news cycle that seems to be anxiety-inducing – try switching off social media and making sure you get a suitable amount of sleep for your activity levels.
Powering Your Body
My daily schedule sees me train nearly 2 to 3 times a day. Of course, I always try and keep my body fueled with great food and enough sleep, but some days I just need an extra boost to keep me going. That’s why I use Ubiquinol, the active form of Coenzyme Q10, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants essential for energy production. After you reach the age of 20, the levels of CoQ10 that your body is able to produce drop dramatically which makes it harder to recover from workouts. With my rigorous training schedule and being a mother of two small children, the need for ongoing energy and muscle recovery support increases significantly! I also take Magnesium as it helps to relax my muscles during training and also helps with muscle fatigue and cramps.
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