This week’s blog is about how you can get or retain more energy, particularly through the summer period where maybe your children are at home or you’re on holiday and it’s not as relaxing as you’d like it to be. 

How can you maintain or even get more energy? 

This week I just want to encourage you to get back to basics: Basics would be nutrition – what are you eating? Are they foods that really spike your blood sugar? Or foods that give you stable blood sugars? Foods that are clean, whole foods?

The obvious things to avoid are refined carbohydrates. Things to include more of might be fattier foods – depending on your sensitivity. But certainly, healthier snacks like nuts and seeds – good clean foods. Good quality animal protein, if you eat meat and include loads of vegetables. Intellectually we know which foods to avoid and which foods are good for stable energy levels, but a lot of us are not necessarily doing that – so nutrition would be one thing.

Hydration would be the second thing. Many of us are just not well hydrated and this can impact on our energy levels. Drinking water when you’re thirsty – if you find yourself thinking about water or thirst a lot, then you’re thirsty. The colour of your urine is another good indicator and how dry your mouth is – really make sure that you’re well hydrated.

The third thing is movement – what’s really energising is movement. If you need a burst of energy, get up, walk about, stretch. It can release endorphins when you get that tingly feeling from stretching and very helpful for energy levels. 

So, get back to basics before you think of anything more sophisticated. Are you eating foods that create stable blood sugar release, stable energy? Are you well hydrated? And are you moving on a frequent basis or low level?

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  • Leanne is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. She delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight', is the author of bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine', and hosts a podcast called ’Remove the Guesswork‘. Leanne is the founder of Bodyshot Performance, an award-winning health and wellbeing company. Bodyshot Performance work with businesses of up to 500 people who want to create a culture of energy, vitality and performance through the business and position wellbeing as a competitive advantage. Bodyshot intersect the latest science and technology to provide unique solutions to the challenge of wellbeing in the workplace that have a direct impact on the bottom line. Our clients have won awards for wellbeing and recognise it directly improves employee engagement and retention and attracts talent into the business.  We also work with chronically stressed or burned out professionals to get you back in control of your health and able to do the things you want to do in life. My expertise is around health, fitness and wellbeing, specifically focusing on sleep, mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness. I host a popular podcast on iTunes called ’Remove the Guesswork ‘, and in November 2016 I delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight'. I’m the author of the bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine' and I regularly speak to corporates on health and wellbeing. My personal values are to live truthfully, considerately and to "suck all the marrow out of life" as Thoreau said. I support the charity Diversity Role Models which works to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. I recently completed the world’s toughest ski race to raise £10,125 for Alzheimer's Research as my father-in-law was profoundly ill with Alzheimers, and I am on a constant mission to find ways to live in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. I love sport, fitness, reading, gardening, business, podcasting, and being with my cat and our scampish little rescue dog, Kami from Romania.