THE EXPERT EN­ERGY PANEL

Women's Health Australia - - WELLBEING -

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

Drew Har­ris­berg

Chloe Mcleod

Will Shan­non

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