It's the New Year, and we all want to get a head start on shedding any extra inches we've gained around the middle over the festive period, and leap forward with our New Year resolutions.
If you are feeling a tad drained after all of the excitement and build-up and are experiencing New Year fatigue, check out these 3 all-natural super health tips to boost your energy so that you can put your best foot forward.
It might seem obvious, but if you are feeling tired, it could be your body trying to tell you it needs to rest more. It's so easy to forget to actually listen to what our bodies might be telling us, and instead focus on what we think we should be doing.
With a new year to embrace, many of us are feeling pressured to fit too much into our lives at the moment. That can mean earlier morning starts and later bedtimes.
If you are waking up tired or feeling fatigued in the middle of the day or in the early evenings, take a look at how long you are actually sleeping, and what the quality of your sleep is like.
If you're not convinced that your lack of energy is due to a lack of sleep, check out this list of tell tale signs:
The recommended sleep time for an adult is around 7 hours, but some people need more and others need less. But don't forget that it is more important that the quality of any sleep you do get is high otherwise, what's the point?
Here are some useful tips to help you get the best sleep possible:
It might sound like a bit of a contradiction to say - "move more" to someone who feels like they need an energy boost. The truth is that moving your body can actually generate more energy so that you find you want to move even more.
When you incorporate regular exercise into your daily life, you will find that more energy is a result of it. It doesn't have to be anything overly-taxing either.
A study has shown that people who are more sedentary and who suffer from a persistent and unexplained fatigue can actually improve their tiredness by 65% when participating in low intensity cycling on a regular basis.
So the next time you feel drained for no apparent reason, instead of picking up a snack or caffeine boost, try going for a ten minute walk instead and se how you feel. A short walk can be a serious pick-me-up, and instead of consuming calories, you will have burnt some!
There are loads of different ways that you can incorporate more exercise into your life if you are the kind of person who tens not to move any more than you need to. And picking up some of these good habits can make a real difference to your health, happiness and energy levels.
Check out this list of ideas:
Forget about all of these fad diets and exercise plans. They only make you focus even more on what you consider to be your flaws, they give you cravings for all the food you really want to be eating, and if you give in and break your diet, well then you just feel like an awful failure.
The big secret, not only for helping you to lose weight you don't need but also for gaining more energy so that you can be more active and burn more calories naturally, is simply to cut sugar out of your diet - completely!
Sugar zaps your energy. Well, it boosts it initially, but then you have to deal with the come down, and that makes you crave even more sugary food, it's a nasty cycle of doom. Don't give in to it! Just cut sugar out.
When you first cut sugar out of your diet, you're going to feel it I won't lie to you. Your body has been depending on sugar, as it's main source of energy for goodness knows how long.
Depending on how much sugar you consumed previously you may experience strong cravings and an initial dip in energy levels. Don't worry - this is just your body trying to trick you into eating a chocolate bar, or something similar. Don't do it.
Soon, your body will rethink it's options and begin to use stored fats for energy and the healthy food you are eating. Your cravings will stop and your taste buds will begin to change.
You may find that you start to taste your food more, making those simple veggies and other healthy food much more appetising. The overall effect will be more natural energy and a healthier outlook for the future!