How to Fuel Your Brain with Energy
What is your fitness philosophy? Are you aware that self development and self improvement really need to include exercise to fuel your brain with energy?
Why do you train and exercise? What is it that you hope to achieve by being physically active?
Many of us train because we want to look better. Some of us train because we want to be healthier and stave off disease. Others train because they want to perform better at a particular sport or activity they enjoy.
I have a different reason for training: I train because I want to change the way I feel and because I want to change my mind set. This is one of the driving factors behind my diet choices as well.
I want to be completely honest here and share that exercising consistently is an ongoing challenge for me. I love the way I feel when I’m exercising regularly, but keeping myself on that band wagon requires constant effort.
I’m happy to report I just returned from a brisk walk and yesterday made the executive decision to change gyms. I’ve been at my current gym for about 10 years, and my requirements have changed as has their focus. The two are no longer compatible, so I will make that my first stop today to cancel. I’ve found another gym closer to me that has what I need to exercise for my personal health needs and goals.
This is a long way of saying don’t let yourself get stuck in something familiar (like a gym membership) if it’s comfortable and familiar but no longer serves you.
One of the biggest limiting factors in most of our lives – one of the things that most prevents us from achieving all that we want to achieve – is tiredness. You wake up in the morning and instead of leaping out of bed filled with enthusiasm, you struggle to drag yourself up and start to be productive. Then at the end of the day, you go home, and instead of doing something fun, interesting or productive, you just crash on the sofa and watch TV. Sound familiar?
Everything you do is less enjoyable when you’re tired. All your decisions are more labored and might even be worse decisions. All of your challenges are harder. I’m not talking about physical tiredness – I’m talking about mental tiredness, and that’s something you can fix with the right training program and diet!
How to Increase Brain Energy
How can you increase your brain energy? One method is to increase the strength of your heart. If you do this, you’ll be able to pump more blood, oxygen and nutrients to your brain, allowing it to perform more optimally. How do we do this? With steady state cardio. Steady state cardio refers to the kind of cardiovascular exercise that involves exercise of long duration. A good example is running a few miles twice a week, which can help to enlarge the left ventricle in your heart. This also reduces stress by helping you lower your resting heart rate which results in producing less cortisol (a stress hormone which causes inflammation in our bodies).
Also important is to increase the efficiency of mitochondria. Mitochondria are the parts of the cells that turn glucose into usable energy; the more you have and the better they function, the less tired you will feel. You can also increase these with foods and supplements that are known to support them such as CoQ10, l-carnitine and others.
Exercising on a consistent basis can be a challenge for someone like me who likes the way they feel after they exercise, but not the exercising itself. I will probably never be called a “gym rat”, but I’ll still give consistency a try to fuel my brain with energy!
Be Your Best You!