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What do you do, use or take to get energy?

post #1 of 19
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I eat fairly healthy and get plenty of sleep but I never seem to have very much energy. Anybody recommend anything to boost my energy? Especially before I workout? Maybe I will start trying energy drinks?
post #2 of 19
My "not so healthy" recommendation is Red Bull. I drink it on occasion and it really gives me a boost.
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by squirtle
My "not so healthy" recommendation is Red Bull. I drink it on occasion and it really gives me a boost.

I was thinking about that also. I used to take it before hockey games and it worked well, not to mention I actually love the taste of it. Problem is it's so expensive. Maybe I'll pick up a case at Sam's Club next time I'm there.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by DRIVEN
I was thinking about that also. I used to take it before hockey games and it worked well, not to mention I actually love the taste of it. Problem is it's so expensive. Maybe I'll pick up a case at Sam's Club next time I'm there.
If you're going to workout or play games, I would avoid energy drinks. They increases your blood pressure in addition to keeping you awake. So adding an energy drink and then working out (which also increases your blood pressure) can't be good. I know I tried that for a bit when I first started working out again and wound up with panic-like attacks due to how high my blood pressure was (and I have very low blood pressure to begin with).

However if you're looking for an anytime pick me up, I highly recomment the Monster drinks (I prefer the Monster LoCarb). It has help me wake up on certain morning...and those morning are when I see the fog in my brain lift.
post #5 of 19
I made a poll/topic about this a little while ago, if you want to see the results and posts and stuff it's right -here-

Well, during weekdays I usually get it from candy, soda once in awhile, and sometimes tea in the early morning. To wake myself up sometimes I walk my dog Sharie and get a shower right when I wake up. On the weekends though it comes from 8-9 hours of very treasured rest!!


I think different things work for different people. But I'd say if you can, try taking a small brisk walk now and then and make sure you get enough sugar in your diet. Healthy sugar at least. Y'know like from fruit and stuff. I know you work out too, but I think that tends to wear one out. Getting a good dose of fresh air and sunshine always helps me. I don't recommend having candy and soda a lot even though I do sometimes heh what a bad example. I have cut down on the candy considerably though, I don't have it every day. I think you're off to a good start with eating fairly healthy and everything.

If you haven't got the time though, maybe energy drinks sometimes would be the way to go, like they said.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by sweetiecat3
I made a poll/topic about this a little while ago, if you want to see the results and posts and stuff it's right -here-

Well, during weekdays I usually get it from candy, soda once in awhile, and sometimes tea in the early morning. To wake myself up sometimes I walk my dog Sharie and get a shower right when I wake up. On the weekends though it comes from 8-9 hours of very treasured rest!!



I should have remembered, I voted in your thread.

I am just not with it today.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by squirtle
My "not so healthy" recommendation is Red Bull. I drink it on occasion and it really gives me a boost.
With a splash of vodka in it

But at my gym they sell their own brand of energy drinks, but i can never tell a difference tell you the truth?!.
post #8 of 19
Coffee or diet coke for me.

I always drank soy protein shakes 1/2 hour before workouts (when I was still working out that is).
post #9 of 19
I find that Emergen-C works well for me. It's a packet of vitamins you can find at the health food store (or with the vitamins in some other stores). It has a big dose of vitamin C and a bunch of other electrolytes. It's a powder that you mix with water, and it fizzes. (It also works well for hangovers. )
post #10 of 19
I drink Red bull, or mountain dew's AMP. They both give me the boost I need whenever I need it..but they say not to drink it too often. Im gonna try that Emergen-C stuff though, sounds great.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by DRIVEN
I should have remembered, I voted in your thread.

I am just not with it today.
( I also edited my post that you quoted just so you know- )
post #12 of 19
I exercise every day ...and in the morning have a healthy breakfast to kick me off for the day...I dont drink caffine drinks, coffee or red bull...and I have a lot of energy even though I go to work at 6:00am
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Tari
I find that Emergen-C works well for me. It's a packet of vitamins you can find at the health food store (or with the vitamins in some other stores). It has a big dose of vitamin C and a bunch of other electrolytes. It's a powder that you mix with water, and it fizzes. (It also works well for hangovers. )
I love Emergen-C especially this time of year when colds and flus are going around.
It's also important to get sleep, exercise, enough H20 and to make sure you're eating plenty of whole grains and proteins.

It's also possible you have a thyroid problem or are anemic, if you're really exhausted all the time. If you truly feel wiped 24/7 it might not be a bad idea to get a check-up.
post #14 of 19
It could be mono too!!! My cousin takes ginseng tablets. As central Wisconsin is a large grower of ginseng and she used to grow it for yrs I think she uses something made with WI ginseng-I could email her and ask. I don't think she is quite to her mid 50's yet but has the energy of someone 1/2 her age!!!
I find personally if I cut out "junk food" like chips and processed frozen foods I have more energy.
post #15 of 19
I take a multivitamin with ginseng. It worked really well at first but I think I developed a tolerance to it...
post #16 of 19
I drink a protein shake in the morning, lots of nuts and seeds and drink 2 litres of water a day, I also take vegetarian vitamin supplements which helps a lot. I do feel exercise is the biggest energy boost but if I haven't had my protein shake I don't perform aswell, I can't keep going for as long.
post #17 of 19
I regularly drink freshly made pepper juice Full of goodness and gives my immune system a jolly good boost too!

I also agree with the seeds and nuts! I like to snack on museli and museli bars too for that extra boost!
post #18 of 19
iron. Just a little extra iron in your diet works wonders - mum made a suggestion or two as well that may prove useful. A little extra zinc? gingko biloba? I've no idea what they're supposed to do, but she's my mother and I've a tendency to listen to her As long as you avoid the really short energy burts from sugary food, you're doing good
post #19 of 19
I try not to drink too much caffine - but I work out regularily and that makes my engery level go up - I can tell such a difference between now and b4 when I didn't go to the gym - I'm always usually happy go lucky- person- I've never drank Red Bull or Amp before - I'd hate to see myself after I drank some of that!
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