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Are you a Red Bull zombie in the morning?

ZOMBIES LOVE SMOOTHIES by davecobb (via flickr)

On my commute to work yesterday morning, I looked around at the sleepy commuters and spotted no less than three cans of Red Bull being consumed.

I wonder if they were reading the same article as me in the Metro about young people and their use of energy drinks?

According to research by Mintel:

  • Young people rely on energy drinks to keep them going or improve their mood with three in four now drinking them.
  • Two thirds of 16-24 year olds say they use energy drinks to enhance performance at work or while studying.
  • Energy drinks highlight a generation difference with fewer than a third of the 55-and over age group consuming them, according to research.
  • Almost 6 in 10 users admit drinking them to get through a tiring day, while about half use them to wake up or to ‘pick-up’ their mood.

While it’s tempting to look for the quick fix when under pressure or tired, there are healthier and more sustainable alternatives than pricey ‘energy’ drinks.

Here are my five steps to injecting more pep into your step:

  1. Sleep: Get 8 hours of good quality sleep every night.
  2. Eat:  5-6 small healthy nutritious meals every day at regular times.
  3. Exercise: Every day for a minimum of 40 minutes
  4. Drink: Don’t get excited-we’re talking water here! Drink little and often. There is no exact amount per person as everyone’s different. However, if your mouth and lips are dry you’re already showing signs of dehydration. Also, we all wake in a state of dehydration so to combat this drink a glass of warm lemon water first thing every morning. The lemon juice will help to cleanse, detoxify and alkalise your system, while the water will rehydrate you and quench your thirst.
  5. Rest: Schedule “down time” to relax, play with the family or simply sit and “be”. We should all take (at the very least) one day off work every week. This practice alone will help improve your mood/energy levels and keep your mind focused and alert.
Simple, eh? I have no doubt that if we followed those five steps, the world would be a far happier, healthier and responsible place.
Luke Grainger is a fitness consultant and author. Contact Luke at info[at]

About yourbodyneedsyou

Former butter-ball turned elite personal trainer (so I know a thing or two about weight-loss). As well as giving advice to the NHS, I also spend much of my time shouting at City bankers, traders, celebs, housewives and defenceless children. Writer, consultant, professional speaker, a keen climber, serial dater, Thai-boxer, model(!), bull-runner and cheese enthusiast.

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