At this time of the year, many of us are thinking about eating more healthily and incorporating more exercise into our daily lives, hoping to lose a few of those extra festive pounds. But did you know that eating right and moving more can do more than just help with weight management? It could actually give us more energy, too, making it easier to get up out of bed, get our jobs done, and even keep up with the kids!
Food for Energy
So just what are the best foods for boosting your energy levels? Many people think that energy drinks and other sugar-laden snacks are the best options, but this is actually one of the biggest myths of the diet world. Sugary foods and drinks are often rated high on the glycemic index (GI) scale. This means that they almost instantly affect your blood glucose levels, giving you an initial boost of energy. Unfortunately, however, this effect is very short lived, and many people find that they start feeling tired again quickly.
Instead, it’s much better to opt for foods that are rated low on the glycemic index. Low GI foods are usually starchy items that are high in carbohydrates, such as rice, potatoes, and noodles. Other low GI foods include grains, oats, and root vegetables like sweet potatoes. These foods help you to sustain your energy over a longer period of time, making you feel more energetic, motivated, and ready to go.
Exercise = Energy?
Many people think that exercise = tiredness, but that’s not entirely true. While it is true that completing an intense workout, or going for a long walk, can leave you feeling a little fatigued, in the long run exercise really will help to give you more energy. It does this by strengthening and developing your muscles, and improving circulation. Over time, this will improve stamina, so that you can keep moving for longer.