Energize your body for fall. Nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless & Sexy, host of TLC's "Freaking Eaters, joined us to share her tips for fueling yourself the right way:
- Don't reach for sugar or energy drinks; Do eat protein good fats, complex carbs, and nutrients for a natural energy boost. Eat smaller meals to regulate digestion, metabolism and hormone levels. Overeating is directly linked to reduced longevity. Large meals drain energy levels and accelerate aging by creating more free radicals and impairing digestion, metabolism and hormone balance. Reducing calorie consumption is not just good for people trying to lose weight, but research shows that reducing food intake protects cells against aging and age-related diseases. Include protein, good fats and complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain foods, which break down slowly and provide steady energy and natural energy boosters
- Don't stay up late; Do Keep a regular bedtime routine. Get more sleep. It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing! When you’re asleep all the cells in your body repair and recover. Daily stress ages your face and body because of the release of cortisol and the increase of bad neurotransmitters like norepinephrine. Alarm clocks aren't just for mornings. Set your alarm an hour before your regular bedtime so you'll know when you should start winding down for a restful nights sleep.
- Don't drink more sodas and caffeine; Do eat hydrating fruits like watermelon and drink good old fashion water. Now that you've decided to cut back on caffeine, fill the liquid void with good old water. Dehydration, even mild dehydration, drains energy, reduces the ability to concentrate and brings your mood down. What do I drink? First ban all artificial sweeteners. When you eat sweet you crave sweet. Add potential toxicity and accelerated aging process called glycation to the list of potential harmful effects of artificial sweeteners. Avoid energy drinks and caffeine which can create a roller coaster of peaks and crashes. Limit yourself to one soda a day, replacing others with water or sparkling soda mocktail mixed with fruits or powdered mixes for a healthy boost. Drink cold water for a cooling from the inside.
- Don't skip your regular workouts; Do try a new fitness routine. New experiences give you a rush, so why not give your fitness routine a rush. Exercise is a natural energy booster … it lifts your mood. Strengthening your muscles leaves you less vulnerable to injuries and builds your stamina. Try Burst Training-- it's great for a fat burning energy boost and cardio trainer Warm up 3 minutes burst 30-60 seconds recover 1-2 minutes Repeat 4 times and you’re done!!!
For more great ideas, visit JJ's website.