Picture the scene when you grab a cuppa and shuffle into someone’s classroom for the start of another long staff meeting. Then, whoever is about to present the latest review of pupil progress powerpoint to impress the head, passes round chocolate biscuits or piles of sweets which give that rush of energy to get you through the next hour or so without totally wilting. You find you cannot stop snacking! But, instead of relying on unhealthy rushes of sugar to get you through, have you thought about alternative ways to keep your energy levels stable throughout the day?
As many teachers will relate to, maintaining stable energy levels can be difficult – who regularly swaps a healthy breakfast for a coffee and a couple of biscuits or slice of cake? And you think going to the gym or running around the school will then burn off those calories? Well it certainly can as I recently found out. I am a regular gym goer but since being given one of those wrist bands which monitor a range of activities, steps, miles walked, calories burned and more, the statistical evidence was quite a realisation. It turns out, my low intensity seven and a half hours activity throughout the day teaching burn up something like 1200 calories, whereas my hour’s workout burns just around 400 calories. However, getting the heart rate up and stretching the muscles do help improve overall wellbeing and allows me to justify slumping on the settee in the evening.
Are cakes, sweets and biscuits the only option to give you the boost of energy you may need, mid morning, afternoon or particularly after a long day of teaching? We all know they have high levels of saturated fats and sugars which can actually linger around a lot longer than the calories you think you have burned off, not to mention the highs and lows sugar gives that wreak havoc with our moods and performance levels.
I can provide you with the tools you need to stop snacking and to regulate stable energy levels, improve cognitive function and reduce fatigue to improve your overall wellbeing for a healthier lifestyle and set you on a course for healthier living.
Find out how to change course today, contact me at Plain Sailing Therapy