Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go and run an ultra-marathon without even training that hard for it? Wouldn’t it be nice to never feel tired and never get aching muscles when we perform? Here are some pointers to help you let your energy flow.
1. The mind
Our minds are one of the most important and powerful parts of our body. If our mind is not clear, then we are going nowhere. We need to focus on what we are trying to achieve and have an ultimate goal in mind. Keep looking forward and don’t drain your energy on past events. With a positive mind, one can achieve the impossible. Tell yourself you can run 10km and stick to it.
2. The importance of an exercise routine
Exercise is one of the best pleasures you can give your body. By exercising, your body immediately benefits from increased oxygen levels, nutrient absorption, energy boost and improved moods. You need to stick to a training time though. Find one that works best for you. Be it before work, during your lunch break or after work. By training first thing in the morning, you avoid excuses later on in the day.
Everybody performs differently on different diets. Whether you believe in the HCLF (high carb, low fat) or LCHF (low carb, high fat) diets, nutrition is one of the most important factors. It fuels our bodies, which in turn fuels our cells that allow us to release ATP (a molecule that transports chemical energy within your cells). Eliminate sugar, soft drinks, junk food, alcohol and high carbohydrate meals. Rather follow an eating plan that is clean and healthy and eat foods that will provide long lasting energy. Try not to eat right before you train either.
William Shakespeare said: “We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” Sleep is so important. Without it our bodies cannot function and neither can our minds. Try to get at least 8 – 9 hours of sleep a night so that you are well rested for the next day. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and stimulating drinks before bed. Try sleeping in a dark room and allow your body to refuel to its optimum state. If you are sleep-deprived, have an afternoon nap if you are able to.
5. Wear a pair of adidas energy Boost shoes
adidas recognised the need for an extra boost of energy while training. They recently launched the new adidas BOOST™ cushioning technology running shoes. These deliver the Energy Running solution that today’s runners are chasing. Not only are these shoes temperature responsive, but also provide optimal comfort and support while running.
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