MORNING - WAKE UP
Energy slumps affect all of us at different times. Hard working all day and then to make GAA training 2 or 3 nights of the week will take it out of you, no matter what age you are.
What is your slump time?
Here we offer some tips to help you make it through the day
Slump: Eight hours ‘fasting’ drains your blood-sugar
Surge: Breakfast with peanut butter on wholemeal toast, washed down with milk. Researchers found this combo leaves athletes feeling most energetic.
Slump: Hunching over your desk saps your batteries
Surge: Chiropractic research found bad posture requires your muscles to work harder, causing fatigue. Raise your screen to eye level and straighten up to power up
LUNCHTIME SLUMPS IN ENERGY
Slump:Your body clock signals for a lunch refuel
Surge: Eat a jacket potato for lunch, Pectin in the skin slows digestion for sustained energy. So you won’t wake at 4pm, face on keyboard.
Slump: Energy levels dip as melatonin is released
Surge: “The slump is your natural circadian rhythm,” says clinical psychologist Dr Michael Breus. Forty five minutes of desktop blue light has been clinically proven to counter it.
Slump: A hormone dip leaves your brain flailing
Surge Herbal tea may be just the cure to allow your brain some time to recover and pep up.
Slump: You’re between meals and work-fatigued
Surge: Get up and do something. Sitting at a desk all day can leave you feeling drained. University of Rochester scientists found that 20 minutes outdoors delivers a 20% physical and mental energy boost.
Slump: The drowsy post-dinner wind-down
Surge: Tap into pod-given power: create a playlist. A study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found background music can also boost stamina.