We’ve all had those moments where we hit an energy slump and end up staring blankly into space. Crashes in energy mean feeling sluggish, sleepy and less inclined to exercise. So if you feel yourself flagging before a personal training session, here are some tips to help you stay bright eyed and bushy tailed.
1. Drink plenty of water
It may sound like a simple thing to do, but it’s surprising how quickly most of us can get dehydrated, and so feel sluggish and tired, without even noticing. It’s good practice to keep a glass or flask of water near you while you work; it will encourage you to stay hydrated. A good water intake will help maintain a healthy weight too; often what seems like hunger is actually thirst. Remember that tea and coffee don’t really count towards your water intake, since they are mild diuretics.
2. Avoid Energy Drinks
It’s tempting to reach for a can of coke or energy drink when you feel like you need a pick-me-up, but it’s also important to remember that these drinks have a very high caffeine or taurine content. Although the ingredients will give you a boost, they will also leave you on a low a short while later. Drinking them occasionally is fine, but excessive consumption can lead to increased blood pressure, jitteriness and interrupted sleep, so try to keep the amount down.
3. Go Natural
With energy boosting foods that is! Our bodies are like engines that need the right fuel in order to function well. Slow-burning foods such as oats release their energy over a long period, meaning you don’t hit peaks and troughs throughout the day. Nuts can be a great, fast snack to give you a lift; almonds and walnuts are especially helpful in this context. Apricots, dried or fresh, will give you a natural fruit sugar lift and are easy to transport around.
So if you feel like to need a boost before heading to meet the personal trainer, a quick drink of water and a handful of nuts and dried fruit will see you on your way.