After living in the North West of Western Australia and experiencing temperatures that literally take your breath away, you would think that by now, I could handle a little bit of heat right? WRONG!
Maintaining my energy levels during the hot weather is something I need to commit to and manage on a daily basis!
Summer is fast approaching and I am super excited to share some tips with you that work for me and help me to increase my energy levels throughout the Summer months.
Wake up on Sunday morning, have a healthy nutritious breakfast, pack some food and towels and head to the beach at 7am or earlier. It is cooler, less busy and there’s a pretty good chance that you will wear the kids out. It is a wonderful family outing! It improves your bond with your family and changes your environment. The ocean is healing and calming and recharges your mind!
SLIP, SLOP, SLAP – This is a must! There is a reason why the Cancer Council’s SunSmart created this campaign. This can prevent skin cancer and heat stress.
Drink WATER all day long! You don’t need to guzzle it down and it doesn’t have to be 10 litres but the only way to help increase your energy is to increase your water intake. If you aren’t a huge water drinker, just sip on a 1.5L and challenge yourself to finish one each day. Always increase your water intake when exercising.
Increase your vegetables and fibre and decrease your pasta, white rice and meat. Hormones that are injected into meat can stay in your system from 8-10 days. If you are feeling moody or hormonally imbalanced in anyway, try cutting meat out of your diet for two weeks and see what happens. There is absolutely no nutritional value in white rice so try using brown rice instead and too much pasta can make you feel stodgy!
Gut health is so important! You need to ensure you have healthy bacteria to help regulate your immune system and energy levels.
Walk every day. Whether it’ a 20 minute walk or a 60 minute walk, get going and move it! Exercising not only increases your energy because it improves blood circulation and transports more oxygen to the muscles in your body but it also controls your weight, reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, reduces your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, reduces your risk of some cancers, strengthens your bones and muscles and improves your mental health and mood!
Self-care – book in for a Massage and Reiki. Taking time out for yourself to unwind and de-stress is an essential part of sustaining your energy levels. It will make you a better parent, a better partner, a better work colleague and an all-round nicer person to be around. BOOK NOW!