Miles To Go Before I Sleep
We all know the feeling—you have been doing homework for what seems like an eternity, but have barely made a dent in the massive pile of books heaped on your desk. So what is a teen to do when she is so tired that her eyelids are drooping but she still has a math assignment, a biology lab report, and a five-paragraph Jane Schaffer essay on Napoleon and the French Revolution? Cue Tony Pearson, personal trainer and founder of the fitness program Omnibalance, a company devoted to youth wellness. Pearson said that getting an instantaneous burst of energy isn’t very realistic, but he shed some light on ways to help pump out that dreaded last eight sentence paragraph.
Q. First, what is your background in sports training?
I have been working with athletes for nearly a decade. I began my sports training background as an understudy of the Denver Broncos’ strength coach: Cedric Smith.
Q. Can stretching or quick cardio exercises (like doing 10 jumping jacks) provide energy that would allow someone to stay up longer and be more productive?
Jumping jacks or light stretching will cause an increase in heart rate, which will oxygenate the blood. This will lead to energy gain.
Q. Do power naps have the ability to make a person more awake and alert, or do they actually make someone more tired?
Studies focus more on quality of sleep rather than quantity. However, a Harvard study shows that short naps do have the ability to increase energy levels.
Q. Can meditation actually increase energy levels?
Meditation depends on what you are meditating on. But I could see where focusing on a given endeavor would bring about higher energy.
Q. Can consuming caffeinated products late at night have any negative side effects?
Caffeine, especially late at night, can have an adverse effect on sleeping patterns. This can possibly lead to sleep deprivation.
Q. As far as food goes, what are some quick snacks for teens that would provide energy throughout the day?
As a rule, anything that provides quick energy will be burned off quickly or eventually stored as fat. Fueling the body requires proper preparation, it's an all-day job. The key is to realize that quick energy does not equal sustained energy.
Q. Do processed sugars found in sweets provide a substantial amount of energy that might increase general productivity?
No. Generally the more processed a food is the less processing will be done by the body. The key in sustaining energy levels throughout the day is a healthy breakfast.
Q. What should you learn from all this active information?
Listen to it. Eat a healthy breakfast and load up on fruits, veggies, and water throughout the day. Working out can increase your energy and give you that extra push to get that paper done! So keep your eyes open and that energy flowing!
For more information on Omnibalance, visit www.omnibalance.com
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