Spring Into Action: Energy Tips From An Expert
Now that spring has sprung, our energy levels may naturally increase as the weather gets better and we get excited for the summer months. TDF Sports expert Dr. Greg Thompson goes over his top 4 ways of staying energized and healthy all year long.
Volumes of studies have consistently shown that staying well-hydrated, getting enough sleep, and taking a proven pre-workout supplement are the fundamentals to optimal physical performance. So each training day, I commit to a good night’s sleep, awake early, drink a full glass of cold water, and take 2 tablets of Real Energy before heading to the gym. It’s my proven routine that allows me to push through those hard training sessions.
First, your nutrition has to be solid. Make sure you’re eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. You know this takes discipline so stop complaining and just get it done. Read this list of plant-based whole foods that will give you energy.
Secondly, nothing will leave you as groggy and weak as a poor night’s sleep. Bad sleeping habits have been linked to poor physical performance, weight gain, and high blood pressure, just to name a few. On the other hand, sleeping a solid 7-8 hours will leave you refreshed, energized and more motivated to hit your training PR’s.
We all know the importance of staying hydrated. Adequate water intake helps to improve stamina by fighting muscle fatigue. Not drinking enough leads to flat, weak muscles and poor physical and cognitive performance. Supplementing with BCAAs is a great way to stay hydrated, especially during or immediately after exercise.
It seems like I’ve tried every pre-workout supplement known to man. I train early in the morning on an empty stomach and noticed many of these supplements upset my stomach. Now I take Real Energy. It not only provides an energy boost for training, but also throughout my workday. It’s calorie-free, gluten-free, and made by doctors for athletes.
So what are you waiting for? You know the basics. The science is solid and there to back you up. The take home message is clear. Now get to work.
Take Home Points
• Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
• Get 7-8 hours of sleep
• Drink plenty of water
• Use a quality pre-workout supplement