THE EXPERT ENERGY PANEL
Dr Libby Weaver Nutritional biochemist, speaker and author of 11 books @ drlibby
Weaver’s top energy hacks: • Build muscle. More of this means more energy-producing mitochondria (the power plants in our cells).
• Close open tabs, aka unresolved tasks, emails and jobs. We walk around with so many tabs in our brains (like the ones on computers and phones) – no wonder we feel drained and flat.
• Write a list of what makes you feel energised and also what saps you (i.e. your “energy vampires”). Work on doing more of the former and less of the latter.
Drew Harrisberg Exercise physiologist and diabetes educator who was diagnosed with type 1 at 23 @ drews.daily.dose
Harrisberg’s energy hacks: • Do “exercise snacks” – short, sharp moves between long periods of sitting. Go outside, do 20 squats, step-ups and bench dips, then walk back to your desk. Done.
• Instead of scrolling through social media in your break, invite a colleague for a walk. Instagram can zap you of energy, especially if you follow accounts that make you feel bad about yourself. On that note, unfollow!
• Get early sunshine with a dose of movement. Both are vital for ensuring you maintain a healthy circadian rhythm.
Chloe McLeod Accredited practising dietician and sports dietician @ chloe_ mcleod_ dietitian
McLeod’s top energy hacks:
• Drink two to three litres of water to keep you hydrated.
• Choose low-GI carbs, fresh vegetables (aim for at least half of two of your meals each day to be veggies or salad), fruit, lean protein and healthy fats. These provide the nutrition our bodies need to perform.
• Avoid heavy, high-saturated-fat meals, which can leave you feeling tired and lethargic.
Dr Michael Breus Sleep specialist who has worked with Arianna Huffington and Oprah @ drmichaelbreus
Breus’ top energy hacks:
• Consistent sleep (especially wake-up times, including on weekends) helps the body function better.
• Pace caffeine and avoid it before bed as it affects sleep quality.
• Magnesium supports deep sleep by helping maintain GABA, a sleep-promoting neurotransmitter. Eat dark leafy greens, seeds and nuts or ask your doc about a supplement.
Will Shannon Naturopath, president of the Australian Complementary Medicine Association and owner of Pinnacle Clinic @thewillshannon_
Shannon’s top energy hacks:
• Remember where energy comes from: oxygen is vital. Diaphragm breathing, especially first thing in the morning, is very important.
• Digestion takes a lot of energy, so go for fresh veggie juices, which your body deals with quickly.
• I have a very successful friend who starts the day with steamed broccoli. My point? Don’t let yourself be tied to cultural traditions such as, say, muesli for breakfast.