Sometimes we just feel tired all the time or just a little low on fuel. There are so many reasons you could be feeling like this (hormonal change, lack in sleep, stress, etc.) and you're not alone.
- Ensure you get the right amount of calories per day.
- Ensure your food balance is correct and made up of the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins and essential fats.
- Drink at least two liters of water per day, more if you exercise.
- Eat small meals throughout the day instead of nothing all day then a huge meal at night when you least need the energy before going to bed.
- Ensure you get enough quality sleep every night. Preferably seven hours uninterrupted.
- Take part in at least 30 minutes of activity everyday. It all adds up: walking to the shops instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the lift or cycling instead of driving, all make a difference.
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- Avoid tea and coffee because of the caffeine it causes energy peaks and troughs.
- Avoid cakes, biscuits and chocolate during the day as the high sugar content will cause energy peaks and troughs leaving you feeling wiped out.
- Bread can make a lot of people feel very tired shortly after eating, so try to cut down on sandwiches and see if that makes a difference.
- Eat the recommended five portions of vegetable or fruit per day.
- Try not to rely on alcohol as a means of unwinding of a night. It has very negative effects physically in terms of muscle recovery, weight gain and on sleep patterns. Or, if you can’t give it up, try and have a glass of wine rather than the whole bottle!