If your best friend in the morning is the ‘Snooze’ button, you need an energy drink just to make it through the work day, and the idea of dragging your tired butt to the gym seems like a herculean effort, then this article is for you. Many people don’t realize that the silly “you are what you eat” saying we were taught as kids isn’t so silly after all.
If your chronically low energy levels are interfering with your motivation to exercise, then adjusting your diet to include more of these healthy, energizing foods may be the solution for your weary woes.
Eating complex carbohydrates about an hour before exercising will perk you up before a workout. For lasting energy throughout the day, eat small meals or frequent snacks of complex carbs and protein. Protein will help slow the rate at which your body absorbs the carbs, creating a “time release” effect on the energy you are receiving via delicious munchies.
The following high-octane foods are rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other health-promoting substances that pack an energizing punch. Next time you need a pick-me-up, skip the Red Bull and go for one (or all!) of these.
Foods that Will Energize You:
- Blueberries & strawberries
- Citrus fruit
- Soy, beans, & nuts
- Oatmeal & whole grains
- Sweet potatoes