Well, we’ve had quite the productive morning. Got those reports in, messages sent out, even had a few of those vendors billed. Now we sit at our desk and … fight sleep. What happened? You were so ready to seize the day when you walked in with your energy bar in your pocket and your venti coffee with three shots of espresso in hand. Now the coffee is gone and you’re eyeing the energy bar and OH WAIT! You have that 5 hour energy shot in your desk! You’re saved! Or are you?
Eating breakfast is your first step to stave off the sleep gremlins throughout your day. So, clearly the first mistake is missing breakfast altogether. You’ve got your body running on fumes. Or if your only bit of breakfast was your venti coffee then you’re running on a shot of NOS and that’s why you’re in neutral rolling backwards down a hill. We all know that you need to start the day with breakfast, but your breakfast food could be slowing you down. The obvious choices to avoid are sugar filled options. So forget the donuts, pass on the candy, and those frappuccinos have got to kick the bucket (for the morning ritual anyway)!
For those reading this going “psh, I knew that” we’ve got something for you too. That white toast you had with your Polaner all fruit jelly (I mean … spread…) is slowly trudging through your digestive tract right now. Your metabolism isn’t even giving it the time of day. Even you whole wheat bagel with some crazy thick shmear folks are in this category. Now if you had your low fat yogurt with almonds and cranberries and you’re feeling bright and chipper, seriously? Why are you reading this? (I’m kidding, please read on).
All hope is not lost, my friends! Right now you have a decision to make. Will you have something to eat (not drink) that will give you an energy boost or will you continue to pop the pills, knock back the shots, or have your usual chit chat with the barista while you wait for your
third fourth fifth venti dark roast with three four five shots of espresso and a shot of caramel? (Please understand that is an over-exaggeration and unless you have some crazy metabolism that can handle all of that caffeine, you would have had a heart attack by now and not reading this blog.)
So this afternoon, when you go for lunch look for some bright and vibrant veggies for a salad. If a sandwich is more your style, make sure the bread is whole GRAIN not whole WHEAT. Your body has to work harder to digest those grains and in turn your energy will soar and not take a nose dive. An alternative to a sandwich is a wrap. Make sure the fillings are something along the lines of roast beef or chicken. Turkey at this point of the day can slow you down with its Mighty Mighty Tryptophan which will knock you on your keister faster than your boss’ lecture about not using company computers to browse NSFW content on Reddit.
On your hunt for the perfect energy boosting lunch keep in mind that fish high in omega-3, non-creamy soups, and beans will aid in the fight against the sandman when you return to your desk. Instead of swinging by the Bucks of Stars for your java fix (you caf-fiend) ask for an herbal tea. Green tea or any white tea will give you the energy you need without the need for a nap once the last drop of boost juice is gone. All of this is easy to remember and most of us know this already. Even so, its good to be reminded every so often. Don’t forget our previous tips on making it through the day. Like get up and DANCE! Get the tunes moving through those eardrums and get your booty moving in the seat. Or take a small stroll through the halls and breathe easy. Post-work workout is the best way to end your day especially if it didn’t start off on the right foot nutritionally.
As always, VOLT FITNESS offers a free session for personal training, small group training and partner training to help you reach your fitness goals. The friendly atmosphere will be here to encourage you on your journey from the moment you step through the doors and even when you’re on your way out. With us, you’ll laugh, might cry, and possibly curse the day your trainer was born because they’re making you do something you don’t want to do but in the end you’ll leave with a smile and ready to finish your day with a healthy light dinner and a good night’s rest.
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