0

Your Cart is Empty

June 02, 2016 3 min read

We are a society that loves our caffeine! Many of us can't function in the morning without at least one cup of coffee. Feel your energy dip in the afternoon? Time for another cup of coffee. There is no doubt about it, caffeine is an easy way to give your body a little boost and help you feel more productive and energized. However, that energy is short lived and may be creating more trouble for you in the long run. Ingested stimulants, like caffeine, increase your body's stress response, putting a strain on your heart. It pauses the receptor that provides the feedback needed to avoid overstimulation of nerve cells. If you consume too much caffeine, the body will continue to speed up which frays the nerves and can leave you feeling a little wound up. When you come back "down" from this excessive stimulation, you will feel more wiped out than you did before you drank that extra cup. Caffeine also has an addictive property. Have you ever tried to quit caffeine cold turkey? It isn't pretty. Caffeine withdrawals can include:
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • mood swings
Like most addictive substances, your body builds a tolerance over time meaning you need stronger coffee (or more of it) to get the same energy lift you had in the past! While it isn't necessary to give up your favorite caffeinated drinks completely, there are things you can do that will provide you with healthier, more sustainable energy. A few little diet tweaks and you're set!  

5 Healthy Energy Boosting Alternatives!

 

Eat carbs and protein at breakfast

Breakfast is an important meal for getting your body ready for the day. It helps get your metabolism going while providing the cells in your body with the energy they need to do their job. The best plan is to eat a breakfast that includes protein, carbs, and some healthy fats. This combination will power you right through the morning!

Eat low GI foods

GI stands for glycemic index and it is used to measure the effect certain foods have on your blood glucose levels. Foods that rank low on the glycemic index will release their energy slowly so you don't get that horrible sugar crash right after eating. Some foods that are considered low GI include: apples, pears, brown rice, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, and milk.

Eat less food, more often

If you find yourself lagging during the day, switch things up. Take a pass on three large meals a day and aim for 4-6 smaller ones. When you eat big meals, your digestive system has to work harder to process the food. This is where your body's energy goes and you are left feeling like you need a nap. When you eat smaller meals, your system is less taxed. This means you can get the energy you need from your food without overworking your system.

Get your vitamin B

There is an entire array of B vitamins that play an essential role in helping your body absorb and convert food into energy. Make sure you are eating a diet that is rich in a variety of these essential nutrients. Eat foods like broccoli, asparagus, spinach, lentils, and parsley. For clever and tasty ways to work these (and other nutrient rich foods) into your diet, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan.

When you need energy NOW

When you want a quick pick me up but want to avoid the post-coffee crash, grab a banana or an apple. These guys will give you the quick hit you need without making you feel like grabbing a blanket and hiding out under your desk for a little shut eye! How do you satisfy your energy needs? Share your tips with us, we love to hear from you!

Leave a comment


Also in BodyRock Store Blog

Image of Bodyrock blog article - What Happens To Your Butt When You Sit All Day?
What Happens To Your Butt When You Sit All Day?

July 14, 2019 3 min read 112 Comments

Do you think your booty looks a little flat? This might be why!
Read More
Image of Bodyrock blog article - 12 Ways To Make Your Belly Flatter By The End Of The Day
12 Ways To Make Your Belly Flatter By The End Of The Day

July 08, 2017 4 min read 5 Comments

Read More
Image of Bodyrock blog article - 7 Ways To Stop Binge Eating In It's Tracks
7 Ways To Stop Binge Eating In It's Tracks

June 22, 2017 2 min read

Do you ever find yourself knuckle-deep in a bag of Cheetos?
Read More
Shipping & Delivery

Due to COVID-19, shipping systems the world over are experiencing abnormal delays. There is an enormous demand on postal and delivery services as online shopping has skyrocketed, due to store closures and stay-at-home mandates. This is an unprecedented situation, and we are working around the clock to fulfill your orders as quickly as possible. To be clear, we are filling orders in 4-6 days, and we are shipping immediately after that. Once shipped, our shipping partner, UPS, will get your order out to you as quickly as possible. Thanks for your support and understanding.

Are you in Canada? Specifically, are you outside of a metropolitan centre? We need to alert you to a disruption in shipping due to COVID-19. Our preferred shipping provider, UPS, has informed us that they cannot guarantee express shipping for many locations. We have also seen that packages delivered to Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, etc, are not waylaid, but packages delivered to areas just outside of these cities are being held in transit for days or even weeks. UPS has discontinued their guarantee of 1-4 day delivery, which you can read more about here. Therefore, we can guarantee early fulfillment but not early delivery of our goods from our warehouse to your door at this time.

 

We want you to start your fitness journey with us as quickly as possible, that’s why we send every package to the USA & Canada via expedited or standard shipping with our partners at UPS. Once your order is received and processed, it typically takes 2-4 days to get to you once it leaves our warehouse. That’s our commitment and we stand by it.

We ship within Canada and the United States via UPS with Standard & Expedited shipping (whichever is faster)

For locations outside of the US and Canada, we ship using FedEx International (EUROPE and Other Nations), which is usually in transit for 7-10 business days, depending on location.

We ship all of our physical products with UPS, from our warehouse location in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Delays caused due to custom withholds are not included in these estimated delivery times.

Returns & Exchanges

BodyRock Equipment

We offer a 30-day return policy, as long as: it is not more than 30 days past the date of delivery; and your item is in its original condition and packaging with the original order number. Refunds will be issued when the equipment is received back to the BodyRock warehouse, minus the original cost of shipping, and the customer is responsible for the costs of return shipping. To request a refund on physical product purchases, please contact us.

Digital Products

We cannot issue refunds on digital goods such as e-books or videos, as these are non-tangible goods that are irrevocable once the order is placed.

Clothing

All of the BodyRock clothing is made to order and so is final sale. If you have any questions about sizing prior to placing your order, please contact us.