…You’re not alone
We have all felt, at some point in our lives, mentally and physically drained. You may have had a hard day at work, you’ve been on-the-go multiple days in a row, or you’ve taken part in a strenuous workout that has floored all your energy.
Of course, we all remember the days of being a kid buzzing with bundles of energy, but we seem to teeter off as the years pass by, and as we get older. Sometimes we feel so drained that we forget what it’s like to naturally feel a sudden spurt of energy, without the help of good ol’ caffeine. It’s normal to have days where we feel low in energy, but it’s not normal if you repeatedly ask yourself “why am I always tired?”.
Here at yorktest, we discovered through teaming up with YouGov that 94% of UK adults would do more in their spare time if they felt their best and had more energy. This leaves just 5% of UK adults who feel their best and have enough energy to do what they would like to in their spare time.
The survey of 4,000 UK adults also revealed that men are more likely to always or often feel at their best than women, with 41% of men saying they have enough get-up-and-go compared to 32% of women.
Does this sound familiar to you? If you’re reaching for your snooze alarm more often, topping up your cup of coffee, or you’re yawning too often to count in meetings, then your energy levels most likely need re-balancing.
What would you do if you had more energy?
Imagine waking up before your alarm or not reaching for that sugary snack whenever you need to concentrate on important tasks. What would you personally do if you had more energy?
4,000 UK adults were asked exactly what they would do if they felt at their most healthy and energetic.
53% of people would go travelling, whether this is visiting more countries, or going on holiday more often; 51% would spend more quality time with friends and family and a staggering 49% of people would be more active by joining a gym or starting a new exercise regime.
Depleted energy levels have appeared to be a roadblock for 94% of survey respondents and we want to change those figures. At yorktest, we have witnessed first-hand the impact it can have on people’s lives when they regain their optimal energy levels.
Why are we often tired?
yorktest’s Brand Ambassador, Sally Gunnell OBE says she believes if people make time to do the activities they love in their free time, they can improve their health.
“It isn’t surprising that people don’t feel like they have enough energy to do all the things they would like to in their spare time nowadays because we’re regularly rushing our lunch breaks or eating foods that won’t fuel us, spending a lot of our days sat down or commuting and many of us stay up late watching films and TV programmes or on our mobile phones.
“We often feel like we’re too busy and don’t have any quality leisure time. It’s important to take some time for yourself every day, even if it is just five minutes. Taking this time for yourself can really boost your mood and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
“If people want to have more energy to do the activities and hobbies they would like to, it might be time for them to take a closer look at their diet.”
yorktest Brand Ambassador
Taking a closer look at your diet:
First off, it’s essential you see your GP about your low energy levels, so you can rule out anything underlying, such as an iron deficiency, diabetes or thyroid issues.
Once you’ve been checked over, taking a closer look at your diet is easier than you may think. Depleted or low energy levels could be a sign of a food intolerance†.
A food intolerance can occur when your body has difficulty digesting certain foods. Over time, large food particles may enter the blood stream where your immune system can sometimes identify these particles as “foreign” and attack the food in question. This, in turn, can create inflammation which could trigger bothersome systems, such as fatigue.
Finding out if you have food triggers can be a great way to optimise your diet and see for yourself if your energy levels restore over the course of your elimination diet.
The results speak for themselves. A separate survey, involving over 5,000 people and conducted by the University of York, revealed that 79% of people who had suffered from general lethargy noticed a difference to their energy levels following a yorktest programme. You can read more on our regularly updated research here.
Food is fuel which your body needs to convert to energy. Finding your individual trigger foods could help restore your energy levels and, in turn, give you that extra impetuous drive to enjoy the hobbies, ambitions and activities that matter to you most.