Do you get midway through the afternoon and crash, or do you get to the evening and feel completely too exhausted to get to the gym? Perhaps, you get up in the morning and you just can’t seem to get going?
Low motivation levels are likely to be symptoms of various imbalances in the body, they are a sign that something isn’t working right. However many people think it’s just part of life and keep trying to push through it. There are plenty of things that you can be doing, and I’m going to share them with you.
Part of what we like to find out for all our new clients goes into some investigating into stress and motivation levels. You see, consistent tiredness can mean quite a few things. Here are some of them:
- Low intake of food across the day (not enough fuel)
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies (low vitamin B vitamins can cause low energy)
- Poor sleeping habits (often caused by going to bed way too late and/or interrupted sleep)
- High-stress levels during the day (your day runs you rather than your running the day)
- Not enough water intake
- Chronic use of stimulants such as coffee (inability to wind-down at night impacting the quality of sleep and energy levels the next day
When you understand and are aware of what can cause low energy levels, you can start to put things in place to correct them. Here are some of them:
- Cut out all dairy, wheat and gluten from your diet for 14 days (to find out if you are intolerant to them).
- Reduce caffeine intake (have no caffeine past 2pm).
- Structure your day, complete the tasks that are most important first.
- Go to bed by 10:30pm each day and wake up the same time again for 14 days, ensure you get 7-8 hours sleep each night.
- Each a portion of lean protein in each meal (eg. lean meat, oily fish), minimum three meals per day.
- Eat different vegetables with every meal.
After 14 days you should notice a considerable difference in your energy levels. You can keep these tips in mind for future reference if your energy levels should drop again.
Written by – Paul Karoullas