7 Ways to Get More Energy for your Spring Workouts
Want more energy so you can workout more regularly? A combination of adding positive energy boosters to your life and minimizing leaks that drain your energy will build vitality and give you the resources to workout and manage the rest of your busy life.
Start by becoming aware of when you are expending energy and when you have the opportunity to take in, gather and contain energy.
7 Ways to Manage Your Energy
1. Build, don’t waste, energy in your workouts. At the end of your walking or running workouts you should feel “pleasantly fatigued”… not exhausted. Running and walking both offer you the chance to gather and contain energy. Once a week, a long workout might require more rest after, but most of your workouts should be energizing.
If you are tired, sore or overtaxed from your workouts it means you’re either: 1. Pushing too hard, 2. Under-conditioned or 3. Inefficient in your technique. Any energy spent pushing or forcing yourself to go faster is counter productive and can lead to injury. You can get more efficient by practicing good technique. When you run or walk, simple adjustments will make a big difference. Start by using good posture, engaging your core muscles and shortening your stride to increase efficiency.
2. Do a mini-cleanse. A mini-cleanse is a great way to become aware of what you bring into your body and what you need to eliminate. A mini-cleanse rids your body of toxins accumulated over the Winter, and will leave you feeling lighter, cleaner and energized.
Even a short cleanse of a few days can give you a jump start on cleaning up your diet. Here is what you eat for 2 days:
• all the vegetables you want (cooked, raw, juiced)
• one to three pieces of whole fruit a day
• light, lean proteins such as fish or organic chicken
• black coffee in the morning if you need it (green tea is better)
• lots of water and herbal teas
Doing a mini-cleanse monthly, or even weekly, helps regulate your overall diet by instating the good habit of eating lots and lots of vegetables. (Get our kale, apple, ginger juice recipe here for some inspiration).