By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 26 June 2020
With the clocks going back on Sunday, we all get that precious extra hour of sleep, leaving us refreshed and recharged for Monday. There are however, other things we can do – besides shuteye – to conserve our energy in these upcoming, grey wintery days. We have gathered some of the best tips to make sure you are preserving your energy, and great ways to boost it too!
As the weather gets colder and darker, the harder it becomes to pull on your gym gear and head to the gym for a work out. Although it may feel like it is sucking the life out of you, exercise is a brilliant way to conserve and boost energy levels. This is because it has a knock on effect; the harder you work out, the easier it will be for you to fall asleep and therefore, saving you more energy! Too cold to go outside and head to the gym? Try online workouts from the comfort of your own, warm home.
It may seem obvious, but a healthy, nutritious, balanced diet will do wonders for your energy levels. Try and steer clear of processed foods that are high in sugar and fat- this doesn’t mean that you have to skimp out on the calories though. Instead, try gaining your calories from healthy, nutritious foods that will provide you with essential nutrients and see your energy levels soar.
Oats are somewhat of a super food, and whilst a lot of people will associate oats
with porridge and run the other way, they are in fact very versatile and can be whisked up into any tasty treat that takes your fancy. Oats break down in your body to become energy, and are released very slowly. This means they are giving you energy that lasts! Don’t have the time to come up with different ways to eat your oats? Nairn’s have got you covered. With a passion for oats, Nairn’s have a vast range of oat-based products- why not try their new Gluten Free Oaties (Waitrose £1.50). *They have 45% less sugar than other gluten free biscuits, and are syrupy, crumbly and delicious with a nicecup of tea to warm you up! Biscuits and tea not really your thing? Visit the Nairn’s website for exciting recipes and inventive ways to use your oats.
When you are feeling stressed, you might find that you are finding it hard to concentrate and have difficulty switching off. Whilst it is nearly impossible to reduce 100% of the stress from your life, start by reducing lifestyle stress by taking some time for yourself to relax. Why not treat yourself and relax with some delicious, vegan chocolate from Ombar– our favourites are the Coco Mylk Buttons, they are super creamy and deliciously rich. (Ocado £1.90).
Whether this be meeting up with an old friend for dinner, or heading on a big night out, go wild! You will feel considerably more energised having gone out and done something rather than just hibernating inside (however tempting it may seem!).
Finally, look after yourself. Take all of these points into consideration in these upcoming winter months and make sure you are looking after number one!