5 Reasons That You’re Always Tired

Life in the 21st century can be pretty hectic and it’s easy to use the busyness of our lives as a reason for the fact that we are always tired. Do you ever get that? Somehow you manage a good night’s sleep but you wake up barely refreshed, so you desperately reach for that first cup of coffee? And then the first cup quickly turns into the second, the fifth, the eighth…doesn’t it?

Our lives, however, do not have to be lived through rivers of caffeine while we hold our thumbs in hope of getting through another day. Sometimes, the reasons for our relentless fatigue are quite simple, and because they stem from simple lifestyle choices, they may be remedied with equally simple changes.

Reason 1: You’re Skipping Breakfast

We’ve all been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet so few of us ensure that our morning meal is a good one. We make do with a cup of coffee and one the odd occasion indulge in a slice of toast with jam. It’s not enough. Your breakfast sets you up for the day and plays a big role in your energy levels. You need protein and healthy fats and fibre. It’s a fairly simple combination, but if you’re feeling weary about it, the easiest route might be to make yourself a smoothie with our Formula 1 Protein Shake. That way you can take the guess work out of preparing yourself a healthy breakfast and feel confident that you have consumed a balanced meal before starting your day.

Reason 2: You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

Even the slightest bit of dehydration can play havoc on your energy levels. Increasing your water intake could easily be all it takes to improve your day.

Reason 3: You Keep Eating Junk Food

High GI foods cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then drop. This is no way to achieve good energy levels!

Reason 4: You Skip Exercise

It may seem like skipping your workout in favour of conserving a bit of energy is a good idea, but exercise plays a huge role in increased energy levels. If a big workout is too daunting, try a brisk walk instead.

Reason 5: You’re Drinking Before Bedtime

Yes, that glass of wine makes you feel like you’ve slept a little better, but alcohol ultimately sabotages your sleep as it is digested. It is understood to be best to stop drinking alcohol for up to four hours before you go to bed.

Active Weekend: Hiking in Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

Hiking is an absolutely brilliant way to keep active over the weekend as it combines exercise with fresh air and a bit of sightseeing. Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve is a great place to feed your hiking mojo as it is an incredibly beautiful as well as actively challenging place to spend a few hours. Take along a bottle of water and a snack and explore these selfie-worthy surroundings at your leisure, or push yourself to complete a trail in a specific amount of time. Either way: breathe deeply and marvel at the beauty around you.

If you’d like to join some of the Herbalifers on their hiking trips contact us for more information.

3 Health Benefits of Yoga

I’m a fan of yoga. I’m no guru, of course. Or, yogi, for that matter. I’m naturally bendy so that’s a plus but I’m not particularly strong so yoga tends to beat me often. The strength will improve as I keep it up. The thing is though, if there were no benefits to yoga other than the stress relief that I get from the practice, that would be enough. There are, however, numerous benefits to maintaining a regular yoga practice. The conscientious  among us might notice even the smallest of benefits after each session. It is always good to take stock of how you are feeling before and after your practice, and keep these niggles in mind as inspiration to continue.

Here are just 3 great benefits to establishing a regular practice:

1. Improved flexibility

It takes a surprisingly short amount of time to notice a vast improvement in your flexibility once you start practicing yoga. Touching your toes may seem like an impossibility today, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an inevitability. This flexibility will in turn go a long way to alleviating pains that arise from tight joints and muscle tension.

2. Build Muscle

Yoga combines muscle building with flexibility which leads to strong, toned muscles (which look beautiful) coupled with the health benefits of having stronger muscles. such as better protection against ailments like arthritis and back pain.

3. Better Posture

There’s something commanding about a good posture, and yoga can help you get one. Aside from the aesthetics, though, an improved posture may very well lead to improved health all round. A bad posture can, for instance, cause that feeling of constant fatigue. Improving your posture can also help with muscle and joint pain.

Avocados are Awesome

Avocados have become known as the clichéd food of choice for millennials, but even if you’re someone who tends to hate on all millennial-fuelled trends, you can’t deny that avocados are awesome. 

Here are some reasons why:

1.) They make the perfect snack food.

Whether eaten on their own (with a splash of salt and pepper and balsamic vinegar) or enjoyed with other foods, they make a great snack. Slice them up on a piece of rye toast, or add a dollop of cream cheese into the convenient hole left by the pit and viola: yummy snack!

2.) They are so good for you. 

Filled with healthy fats, nutrients, and fibre, these heaven-sent gifts from the earth are a great addition to your growing list of healthy foods.

3.) They are a great “alternative”. 

Avocados can be used to replace a large number of less healthy foods. For example, mix a can of tuna with an avocado instead of with mayonnaise. Add lemon juice, tobasco, or vinegar for flavour. You can also use avocados in baking as a replacement for eggs or butter.

4.) Guacamole is the best 

A spicy/garlicky guacamole makes a lovely dip for fresh veggies. I also like to mix it straight into a salad so extra creamy yumminess. Or use it on rice crackers.

These tasty, heart-healthy and weightloss-friendly savoury fruits are definitely something to stock up on now while you don’t have to take out a loan to buy them. Once ripe, keep them in the fridge so that they last a little longer.

Happy eating!

A Small Change for Better Health: Take your own food to work

Instead of allowing your midday hunger to dictate what you grab from the deli for sustenance at lunchtime, why not rather pack your lunch in the morning? That way you can control what you’re ingesting instead of leaving it up to fate and cravings. You might even consider having a Herbalife Shake for lunch, coupled with protein snacks for your tea breaks.

Contact us for more information on the benefits of meal replacement shakes.

A Few More Tips for Better Sleep

We discussed last week that sometimes it takes a little effort to establish a good sleeping routine. Elusive sleep can be an absolute drain on your energy levels and after a while you might start to feel like you’re going just a little bit mad. Not ideal. There are some things that you can do to help

Here are some more sleeping tips to try to make sure that you get those 8 hours in!

  1. Don’t Toss and Turn – If you still haven’t fallen asleep after twenty minutes of trying it might be best to turn the light back on and do a bit of reading until you’re ready to fall asleep again. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for a night of tossing and turning which is most certainly not ideal.
  2. Keep the Bedroom Optimised for Sleep – Remove the television and other electronics and keep your bedroom a tech-free zone. This reinforces the idea that your bedroom is for sleeping and your body will condition itself to that idea.
  3. Limit Your Alcohol Intake – While alcohol might help you fall asleep, once the depressive effect wears off it may have the opposite effect and cause you to wake instead.
  4. Nap Less – Of course it makes sense that struggling to sleep at night can lead to needing to nap during the day, but napping may disrupt your sleep cycle so if you’re having a problem sleeping you might need to consider forcing yourself to skip the afternoon siestas.
  5. Try to Avoid Sleeping Tablets – If they’re unavoidable, work alongside your doctor to figure out how to use them effectively and for as little time as possible.

Do you have any sleeping tips?

5 Tips For Better Sleep

We all know that good sleep is essential to our overall wellbeing, and yet for so many of us sleep can be an elusive little rat, leaving us staring wide-eyed at dark ceilings until the early hours of the morning, and then refusing to leave once the alarm goes off. We do, however, tend to often leave our sleeping patterns to chance. So much care is taken when it comes to preparing the foods that fuel our bodies, and time is carved out for the activities we take part in to ensure that our bodies remain strong and fit. Perhaps it is time to do the same for our sleeping patterns.

Here are some quick tips for a better night’s sleep:

  1. Watch Your Diet – Make sure that you go to bed neither hungry nor too full. Both states may contribute to keeping you awake.
  2. Cut Down on the Caffeine – While coffee might be helping you wake up in the morning, it could also be contributing to keeping you up at night. Try to limit you caffeine intake after lunch and see if it makes a difference to your sleep schedule.
  3. Reconsider the Smoking – Aside from the obvious health risks related to the consumption of nicotine, it can also keep you awake at night.
  4. Stick to a Consistent Sleep Schedule – A sleep schedule will train your brain to be tired at the right time of day. It’s important to continue waking and going to bed at the same night on a daily basis, even on weekends.
  5. Exercise Daily – As little as a twenty minute walk in the early evenings can make a huge difference to your night’s sleep.

The smallest changes can make a big difference when it comes to a good night’s sleep.

Good luck, and sleep tight…