New year’s resolution to lose weight, be healthier and do more? Forget the cabbage soup detox diet or the pig’s testicle extract weight loss pills.
My advice? Look for the elephant in the room. In other words – take care of the obvious stuff first.
In my experience, here are the top three things that most people can do to make a difference to their health and energy levels quickly.
1. Sleep better
A large proportion of the population are chronically sleep deprived. Getting enough high quality sleep can make a noticeable difference to your quality of life and energy levels. If getting 8 hours a night is out of the question, then consider taking a short (20-30 minute) nap during the daytime.
2. Eat less sugar
Of all the diet advice out there, this is the big one. Cut out as much refined sugar as you can – and don’t forget about hidden sources, such as sweetened drinks. Reducing your intake of starchy carbs (e.g. bread, pasta and potatoes) is the next step; think about getting most of your carbohydrate intake from vegetables, with a moderate amount of fruit.
3. Lift heavy things
Getting regular exercise is associated with better health. Strength training in particular is often neglected (especially by women) and in my experience is one of the best ways to beat tiredness or lethargy. Not only does it make you stronger, but it also helps balance and regulate various hormone levels in your body and can have a dramatic effect on energy levels. Obviously, it’s important to go about this the right way – we’ll have some suggestions in a future blog for how to get started if you’re new to resistance training. In the meantime this is an excellent site, particularly for women.