How do we do, what we do day in and day out? Energy.
Some of us have more natural energy than others. Those with more, are lucky. Those without have learned to either deal with it and be a slug or have figured out ways to create energy within the body.
Being the nerd I am I have to quote from the Law of Conservation of Energy: “…energy can neither be created nor destroyed”. So how does one go from being a slug to having enough energy to drag their ass to the gym, go to their job and/or do anything beyond that?
First and foremost is that we eat food. Yes. Food will give you energy but we all take that for granted. Think of the last time you were “starving.” Were you super energetic or pretty lethargic? Probably the latter, right? So if you’re skipping breakfast and wonder why at 10am your productivity at work is sucking, go eat something. And eat breakfast the next day too. Common sense, right?
Exercise does a body good. Another way we can have more natural energy is to get rid of any excess “you” that you’re carrying around. By that I mean exercise. If you are holding onto a large deal of fat, this is making your body work harder to do everything from walking, breathing and beyond. These processes require energy. Help your body out and reduce the ‘excess’ and you’ll be amazed at the influx of energy.
So now that we have our basics covered with proper diet and exercise, we can move onto supplementary areas of energy. This has been a massive topic and product market in the past decade.
The most popular way (in the US) for people to get a little “pick me up” these days is to snag a cup of coffee. In recent studies it’s been shown that there are myriad of positive effects of drinking a cup of coffee a day, other than the amazing taste. Just be sure to watch it on the additives. Take a look at the amount of calories and sugar in your creamer; you’d be surprised. In fact, skipping the creamer altogether and acclimating yourself to the taste of plain coffee is a simple, effective way towards cutting out extraneous, unhealthy calories from your diet.
Second to coffee is the all-popular “Energy Drink” that we (hopefully by now) all know about. Be it from Red Bull to Monster and the handful of others filling up our local corner store. These are much like the creamers for coffee in that they can have a surprising amount of calories in them if you are not careful of your selection. Thankfully in the past few years the majority of brands now offer a low/no sugar option that has close to zero calories; if any at all. When I drank these in the past, I made sure that was the type I got.
Thankfully I’ve been turned away from those in the past four months and turned onto a “healthy energy drink” called Spark. (No, not Sparks the alcoholic energy drink.) Spark is a great low calorie mental focus & energy drink that has a host of vitamins and minerals. If you’re looking for the optimal healthy alternative, give this a shot. They save a bit on the wallet too as opposed to the $2-3/can you’d spend at the store on any other option.
Here’s how Spark compares to the more popular energy drinks: (Click to enlarge image.)
Summing it up: If you are finding that you are very tired; too often, make sure your diet is in check, make sure you’re getting enough exercise to keep any extra “you” to a minimum and if you are going to reach for some liquid energy; make the smart choice.