THE EXPERT ENERGY PANEL
Nutritional biochemist, speaker and author of 11 books
Weaver’s top energy hacks:
● Build muscle. More of this means more energyproducing 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 (ie, your “energy vampires”). Work on doing more of the former and less of the latter.
Exercise physiologist and diabetes educator who was diagnosed with type 1 at 23
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 maintaining a healthy circadian rhythm.
Accredited practising dietitian and sports dietitian
Mcleod’s top energy hacks:
● Drink 2–3 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 vegies or salad), fruits, lean protein and healthy fats. These provide nutrition our bodies need to perform.
● Avoid heavy, high-saturated-fat meals, which can leave you feeling tired and lethargic.
Sleep specialist who has worked with Arianna Huffington and Oprah
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.
Naturopath, president of the Australian Complementary Medicine Association and owner of Pinnacle Clinic
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 vegetable 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.
Dr Libby Weaver
Dr Michael Breus