Fuel Your Brain
We previously talked about creating a vision and setting goals that would drive you toward accomplishing that vision. Now is a good time to sit down and make sure your vision is clear.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What is your fitness philosophy?
- Why do you train and exercise?
- What is it that you're hoping to achieve by being physically active?
Many people train because they ultimately want to look better, sexier, prettier. Some of us train because we want to be healthier and stave off disease. Others train because they want to perform better at a specific sport or activity that they enjoy.
Personally, my reason for training is because I want to change the way I feel and change my mindset. I might never feel comfortable in my own skin. As a high school student, I was skinny. I have pictures to prove it! But I didn't see myself that way.
But when I've been highly motivated and at my best on working out and eating healthy, I've felt better about my image because deep down, I knew that I was making the right choices and that felt good.
Believe it or not, being tired is one of the biggest limiting factors in our lives...one of those things that prevents us from achieving the things we want.
Instead of leaping out of bed in the morning when you wake up filled with enthusiasm, we struggle to drag ourselves out of bed and actually get to the point we're being productive. When you get home from work, instead of doing something fun, interesting or productive, we crash on the couch and watch TV or videos. Does this sound familiar?
The problem is, everything we do is less enjoyable when we're tired. Our decisions are work, our challenges are harder.
Physical tiredness is pretty simple to fix. A little more sleep at night would go a long way. At your next doctor's visit, talk to them about being tired. Ask to have labs done to make sure everything is in check. When I complained to my physician about fatigue, we did some labs and found out that I was significantly low in vitamin B-12. I've had to take supplements ever since and boy does it help!
Mental tiredness is also fairly simple to fix. A healthy diet and exercise are the keys to combat mental tiredness.
How to Increase Energy
So, how can we increase the energy in our brain?
One way is to increase the strength of your heart. By doing so, you'll be able to pump more blood, oxygen and nutrients to your brain and allow it to perform optimally.
Steady state cardio, the kind of cardiovascular exercise that involves long durations of exercise, helps to enlarge the left ventricle in your heart. It also reduces stress by helping you lower your resting heartrate which, in turn, will produce less cortisol.
It is also important to increase the efficiency of mitochondria in your body. Mitochondria are the parts of cells that turn glucose into usable energy. The more you have, the better they function and the less tired you will feel. The best way to do this is with a combination of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and foods or supplements that are known to support them, such as CoO10, POO, 1-carnitine, etc.
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Now that you know how to fix the feeling of tiredness, stay tuned for the next mindset transformation post where I'll explain how to turn everything into a game so you can have fun improving your skills!
Until next time, take care and hug your loved ones,