Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nanohydr8. All opinions expressed are our own.
It’s that time of year. The Holidays. The time of year when everyone assumes they will gain weight. And quite often many people who have been doing REALLY GREAT year round with their training and eating well will just throw caution to the wind in November and December because they think they can’t POSSIBLY stay the course.
One of the first things to go tends to be our workout consistency.
Is this you?
When you think about last month and this month, are you working out less or more?
If you said less, you aren’t alone. We polled our audience last week and found that 82% said they were working out 25-50% less than they had been in the summer or early Fall.
What do you think the biggest excuse was?
Almost everyone we polled said that the stress of the holidays and feeling over-committed and having all the pressure of shopping for gifts and planning for parties and hosting events was affecting their sleep. And as their sleep suffered, so did their workouts. (And their eating. But that’s another post coming up!)
People. Let’s talk about how to get back that energy that you need not only for your workouts, but for you life. It’s totally doable and easier than you think. Read on.
The top 6 practices to increase energy and keep it UP continually.
- Focus on SLEEP. First and foremost.
- Eat enough.
- Train hard but focus on QUALITY not just quantity. Avoid overtraining.
- Supplement appropriately and consistently.
- Decrease Stress. Don’t Obsess.
- Practice Self-Care.
In today’s post, we’ll address the top 3.
We’ve talked about the importance of sleep ALL YEAR on FitFluential and a TON on our FitFluential Radio Podcast (please treat yourself now and go subscribe: over 125 new episodes on all things health/wellness/fitness/nutrition). You might think, “If I’m already lacking energy, why would sleep make me feel more energized- won’t I be more tired?”. Think again. If you are lacking energy, your body is alerting you that you NEED sleep. It’s not a suggestion. Here are a few of our past posts on sleep—trust us when we say, if you make SLEEP- getting enough and getting quality sleep a priority—your energy during the day will begin to soar.
This idea that in order to get fit you must DIET very religiously and restrict your calories is antiquated. If you are training HARD—you need to FUEL YOUR BODY. Think of your body like a very expensive fancy car- the type that men tend to buy when they hit 55 years old- usually in a color like bright yellow or red—A Maserati perhaps? (Note: the author of this post is by no means an expensive sportscar fan so choose your example as you like…) Would you buy a Maserati and put crap gas in it? Would you litter all over the inside? Would you fail to get oil changes and never wash the car, and then still expect it to ride as if Vin Diesel was driving it?
Heck no you wouldn’t. If you bought a prize horse with the intention of winning the Kentucky Derby, would you feed it fast food and no water? I doubt it. So why treat your body any differently??
Respect your body. Treat it as the temple it is. Your training is and should be intense—whether you are a runner or crossfitter or yogi or Orange Theory addict. If you train that hard and don’t EAT enough, you’ll soon start destroying your gut and messing up your hormones. One of the first things you’ll notice: no energy. When you have no energy, you can’t train.
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TRAIN HARD, BUT FOCUS ON QUALITY NOT QUANTITY.
People. More is not always better. In fact, when it comes to training, more is usually just MORE. And it’s often TOO MUCH. Overtraining is a serious thing and not only will it impede your gains, it’ll give you a one-two punch of energy loss. When you train too much – your sessions are too long and/or you train too many days of the week with no rest—you will notice lack of progress and decreasing energy, both DURING YOUR WORKOUTS and – afterwards. You’ll be increasingly tired and then your training becomes wasted time.
Don’t do that.
Consult with your trainer, but often, 4x a week of focused strength training can be ideal. You don’t need to have excessive cardio to lose weight. You don’t need to train for 2 hours at a time. Your muscles need REST DAYS to recover and grow and your body needs REST DAYS to maintain energy.
Stop overtraining. More is not better.
In our next post, we’ll cover the last 3 tips for you to increase energy. Then, we’ll address in January how to improve your performance and how to recover like a boss.
Have you been guilty of any of the bad practices we talked about in today’s post? Let us know what questions you have in the post below. We wish you a Happy Holiday Season full of fun, good eats, good training and lots of gains!!