Having high energy levels is important for anyone trying to get through their daily life but it is particularly significant for runners. As running burns a lot of energy, it is essential to make sure that you replenish the lost energy so that you can go about your day without feeling tired. Furthermore, you will not be able to run your best if you are feeling lethargic. Lack of energy will also put you off training or just make the training much less effective – as you will be less bothered so will not want work as hard. In order to avoid this, here are a few tips on how to stay energised as a runner:
- Give yourself the right nutrients: Eating well is very important to stay lively. Remember, food is fuel. It is important to listen to your body and make sure you are eating enough – especially as a runner – so that you can replenish energy levels. Do not skip meals and make sure to include high energy carbs and fats as well as protein to help recovery. Eating healthy, balanced meals will ensure a steady release of energy throughout the day and will generally make you feel better and more active.
2. Stay hydrated: Make sure that you always drink enough water – especially during the summer. As water makes up the majority of your blood, dehydration can force the heart to work harder, causing tiredness. Ensure you always drink after your runs as you are likely to have lost water mass due to sweat.
3. Make sure you get a sufficient amount of sleep: Chances are, if you understand anything about living, you know that sleep is essential for energy. Despite this, many people neglect getting enough snooze. You should be getting at least 8 hours of slumber every night so that you can get a much-needed rest. Brief hibernation grants your body and mind a chance to recovery so that you can have energy for the next day. Sleep ensures that your muscles and mind aren’t fatigued. This does mean that you may have to have some early nights but it will be worth it.
4. Don’t overdo it: Over-training is a fatal flaw many runners have. It may be tempting to go hard but it is important not to train too severely or too frequently as you will just burn out or possibly get injured. Also, training too often may take away the excitement of running and – in combination with your exhausted muscles – you may get into a rhythm of lethargic “plodding” which will not benefit your running and is rather dull. Be selective with your training so that you stay fresh and nimble. Switching up your sessions will add some diversity and excitement to your workouts, for example, adding in some sprinting sessions or trail runs can give you good levels of adrenaline and leave you feeling invigorated.
5. Remember to Recover: Granting yourself recovery time is essential for maintaining energy levels. Build sessions such as yoga and stretching into your routines to help prevent injury and muscle tiredness. Also, incorporate recovery runs into your schedule. Recovery runs will allow you to get your legs moving but require less effort so will leave you feel looser and energised (just try to avoid the inevitable temptation of making it a fast run). In addition, don’t forget to have some days where you literally do nothing and just kick back, watch some well-deserved TV and relax. This will result in your mind having time to recover, as well as your body.
Those are my top tips on staying energised as a runner. I thought this was a fitting post for me to write because, after all, I am ostensibly Energised Ellie. I hope you enjoyed reading and are now able to follow these tips to break free from lethargy and feel lively throughout your runs and your daily life 🙂
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