3 Tips for More Energy

By | April 12, 2013

3 Tips for More Energy 

If you have been by my blog in the past you will know that I live with gluten sensitivity.  Living gluten free has been life changing for me and yet sometimes a bit of gluten gets into my diet.  This happened this week and not feeling 100% so today is a guest post by Craig Ballantyne, CTT on 3 Tips for More Energy.  He has provided 3 great tips and hope you enjoy it! Be sure to read all the way to the end as I have a FREE give away for you.


3 Tips for More Energy 

By: Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
www.TurbulenceTraining.com 

Last summer I trained a Hollywood starlet who was in Toronto to film a movie. She was a model Turbulence Training client, doing everything I asked in each session including her first-ever chin-up, except for the Sugar-free Red Bull she insisted on having before each workout.

She said she needed the energy.

Everywhere you go people are looking for ‘energy’. Have you been seduced by the ads promising “such and such” beverage will “give you wings”, or by stores offering sky-high cups of coffee. Where do you go for your fix? And is it really a fix at all? Or just a patch that leads to an inevitable crash and burn?

In reality, the “energy” we’re chasing is simply mental alertness.

And it’s no secret that coffee and cigarettes contain drugs that stimulate your brain, giving you the mental alertness we mistakenly call ‘energy’.

If you are searching a better way of living, a life that doesn’t depend on chemicals – literally, drugs! – to keep you awake and motivated, if you are tired of being tired, then being wired, and then being tired again, then set the coffee cup down, step away from the supersized Diet Cokes, and turn to holistic living.

There are better, healthier ways to achieve higher levels of physical and mental energy.

Here are 3 ways to get more energy, naturally.

1) Exercise

It doesn’t matter what time you exercise, just be consistent. Fit it in based on your schedule and personality. If you have to do it first thing when you wake up, just do it. Don’t even let yourself think about it. Just get started.

A lot of people think too much about their plan. That’s why Turbulence Training works for so many people…they don’t have to think, they just follow the workouts and get done fast.

Focus on intense strength training for 20 minutes followed by a brief interval training session to boost your metabolism all day long.

Exercise is a drug. Like caffeine and nicotine, exercise causes the release of many chemicals into your blood, resulting in mental stimulation and an improved sense of overall well-being. Exercise just makes you feel good.

2) Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

Skip the cycle of starving and feasting characterized by no breakfast, a high-carbohydrate lunch, and a huge dinner. Instead, eat breakfast and then continue to eat every 3 hours for the rest of the day.

Research shows that a high-fiber breakfast helps control appetite and increases mental alertness all morning, and improves your ability to process information.

Do not skip breakfast and rely on a coffee to get you through the day. Got no time? C’mon! You’re an adult, you can get up 10 minutes earlier to have a protein shake, some almonds, and an apple. You’re not in high school anymore. No excuses!

3) Eat only whole, natural foods, such as fruits, vegetables, organic proteins, raw nuts (not roasted in oil), Green Tea, water.

Trying to run on processed foods is a recipe for an energetic disaster. Stick to whole, natural foods during the day, snacking rather than binging on big meals, and you’ll never feel like dozing off.

If a food is from a bag or a box, it doesn’t deserve a place in your nutrition plan. Avoid all added sugars. Surely, you’re already
sweet enough!

Bonus Tip!) 
Take mini-breaks during the day to work on your mobility.

Work environments zap our ‘energy’. From poor posture, to eye-strain from computer screens, your office, cubicle, and car seat will suck the life out of you.

According to Men’s Health magazine…

“British researchers recently found that when people exercised during their workday — regardless of the duration or intensity of the movement — they were less likely to feel fatigued, and that translated into a 15 percent improvement in job performance.”

Daily exercise breaks are essential to not only boost energy, but mobility. Each day, as your computer sucks you into its visual vortex, your upper body becomes rounded forward and tense. You need to reverse that movement. Here’s how…

Stickup 
Stand with your back to the wall and feet about 4 inches from the wall. Place the back of your arms against the wall with upper arms parallel to floor and forearms at 90 degrees. Stick up your arms over head while keeping your arm against the wall at all times. Slowly return to below the starting position tucking your elbows into your sides and bringing shoulder blades together. Repeat for 12 reps. Do this every 60-90 minutes.

In addition, get outside into natural light whenever possible.

For a complete exercise and nutrition plan to help you burn fat, sculpt your body, and give you all-day energy, get started with Turbulence Training today!

About the Author
Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit www.TurbulenceTraining.com

PS – Here is the link for the Gluten Free Solution.  Click the link to get your FREE report- You will Discover How to Eliminate the Toxic Effects of Gluten from Your Body While Dramatically Increasing Your Energy and Slashing Your Belly Fat by 10-20 Pounds.

Let today be your day!  Talk soon,

8 thoughts on “3 Tips for More Energy

  1. Ava Reyerson

    I torture myself with gluten and dairy every now and then. I know how it will make me feel and sometimes I just want the taste and am willing to suffer the consequences. It doesn’t happen frequently so I feel okay if it sneaks in. Thanks for the guest post!

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  2. Bonnie Gean

    Since I started juicing, my energy level has gone through the roof even though I suffer from Polycythemia.

    In the past, I could tell when my CRIT level was too high. I would be lethargic and sleeping most of the time. Since juicing combined with taking B-12, I don’t have that problem anymore.

    Now I can’t tell if my CRIT level is too high until I get the blood work done prior to a Phlebotomy! 🙂

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      So fantastic that you have found a healthy solution that works for you! Thanks for connecting. Best Regards, Wendy

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  3. Jodene

    When I was in my 20’s I could sure drink coffee and energy drinks for “energy” and not even think about it or realize the upcoming crash when the sugar and drugs wore off. You make a great point that there is a difference between the drugs in coffee and cigarettes stimulate the brain and can be confused as real “energy”.
    Thank you for sharing the tips to get more natural health – I can feel the difference when I eat whole, fresh, natural foods and get exercise. I can also make sure to get some kind of movement while at the job. I hate sitting for too long anyway!!!
    Thanks Wendy!
    ~ Jodene

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  4. Amy

    Wendy,
    The more I follow the advice in your excellent columnists’ article, the better I feel! Every time somebody comments on how “young” I look, I want to say “you could look younger too–exercise and lost a little weight and you’ll lose the years, too!” Great article!

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  5. Ana

    Great tips for keeping energy levels high.

    My energy levels also seem to have a lot to do with how I’m thinking. If I’m feeling positive I have more energy than if I’m irritated by something. And if I’m enjoying doing something I seem to have so much more energy than when I have to fill out my taxes or clean the bathroom 🙂

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  6. Alex K

    More energy is something we could all use. I’m loving how this blog brings me new ideas. Thanks!

    Reply

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