Energized!

Feeling sluggish lately? This article is for you. Find out how to have the energy you need to be your best in the gym...
Long days at the office, not enough sleep, fast food meals eaten on the go... all these things deplete your energy reserves. Working out and proper nutrition can help restock the store, but if your're like most you might turn to energizing foods or supplements to get through the low points.

There are a variety of foods and supplements for a quick energy burst. Most commonly used by today's society is caffeine and sugar. As we all know, these are standbys for a quick boost.

An emerging herbal upper is ephedra (the Chinese herb Ma Huang), which is usually combined with a natural source of caffeine, such as guarana or kola nut. You immediately feel the affects as your heart rate increases and circulation speeds up. However, while ephedra and caffeine are effective, they are not recommended for people with heart ailments or blood pressure conditions. If used regularly, they can wear down the body through over stimulation of the nervous system.

Instead, consider improving the basics. First, drink more water. Many symptoms of fatigue are related to dehydration. Your body relies on water to dilute chemical substances to maintain muscle tone and help remove toxin that would otherwise build up your body.

Next, remember it takes food to make energy. Excess calories and too much fat can lead to a weight problem, but often it's the types of food that undermine the body's health and energy levels. The nutrition experts suggest eating snacks and smaller meals throughout the day. Filling up with a solid breakfast, balancing low-fat protein with carbohydrates at each meal and including vegetables. To assure proper vitamin and minerals, I supplement with Eclipse Complex 24 It's a time released multi-vitamin and mineral with CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant that powers the body's energy production cycle. It's costs only $8.89 from Bodybuilding.com so give it a try.

Make sure you get 7 - 8 hours of restful sleep. My favorite time of the day is when I get to train a bodypart. Even when I'm tired, I'm always amazed at how energized I feel during and afterwards.

On top of these fundamentals, you can use energizing nutrients and boosters that support your body's energy production. These often are focused on adenosine triphosphate (ATP), called the energy currency of the body. ATP stores energy in covalent bonds between the phosphates and releases energy when enzymes cause ATP to lose one of it's phosphates components. In the end, ATP produces adenosine diphosphate (ADP), inorganic phosphate and most importantly, energy.

Our bodies are complex and a real science. God has designed them for proper nutrition, rest and exercise. That's why I have chosen personal training and bodybuilding as a profession and career. I'm always learning something new and I am always challenging myself in the gym. I plan on a long healthy life with my family.

Get jump started today! Make a plan, organize your time and start feeling the way you know you can.