Feeling tired? Run-down and often under the weather? Here is how Emily, Fitmo health coach overcomes exhaustion during the holidays

Vis viva is Latin for living force which is the inner part of us that makes us feel energetic and lively. It’s the ultimate marker of optimal health, and for most of us busy people, we have lost our vis viva! Hardworking men and women have more to do in a day than the time to do it and we are often relying on quick energy fixes such as caffeine and sugar to power us through our days, but this is not sustainable in the long term!

Energy problems stem from a poor diet, lack of exercise and allowing ourselves to be stretched too thin. Sound familiar? The good news is that you can break the pattern. When you focus on balancing your life and accelerating your energy naturally everything else will fall into place, including your weight, sleep habits, skin and well-being.

What lies beneath our body’s need for energy?


Our drive for more energy is often sitting on a well of exhaustion and no matter how much you feed it, your exhaustion won’t go away.

Treat your exhaustion by:

  • Taking a nap
  • Going to bed earlier
  • Drinking 80 oz. of water a day (dehydration contributes to fatigue)
  • Eliminating or reducing caffeine (switch to green tea vs. coffee for a more gentle caffeine boost)


Often we reach for more energy, because we feel scattered and overwhelmed. As working men and women, we have a zillion things going on in a million different directions (especially during the holidays!!). There’s a misconception that if we just had more energy we could make it all happen. What would actually help us reclaim our energy from the zapping effects of overwhelm is more focus.

Improve your focus by:

  • Making a list of what needs to be done and when, and breaking it down into manageable chunks
  • Prioritizing your list
  • Doing one thing at a time instead of multi-tasking
  • Delegating – ask someone else for help


It’s not uncommon for people to just keep moving all day long, without eating regular meals. Before you know it is the mid-afternoon and you haven’t eaten a thing. Your blood sugar levels are so low that you end up reaching for anything.

Steady your blood sugar level by:

  • Eating a protein rich breakfast within 30 minutes of waking
  • Eating small, frequent meals every 3 hours
  • Include a balance of low glycemic index carbohydrates, protein, fiber and healthy fats in all meals or snacks


Poor energy levels don’t just mean you won’t get everything checked off your holiday to-do list, they are also warning signs that your health has declined and your body isn’t operating at its best and often that is due to deficiencies in basic nutrients. Our body needs basic building blocks to make things happen and with stress, we burn up our supply of B vitamins. Without enough B12, our blood cells can’t carry enough oxygen to the brain, and that zaps energy.

Supplement for Energy with these:

  • Vitamin B12
  • A high quality multi-vitamin
  • CoQ10, Probiotics, EGCG (found in Green Tea) & Rhodiola

You can choose to live your life in a way that optimizes your energy. Feeling vibrant and alive is within your reach, you just need to focus on elevating your energy levels naturally and everything will fall into place.

By Fitmo Coach Emily Barker. As a Certified Health and Nutrition coach, Emily Barker supports men and women to achieve radiant health from the inside out. Emily’s mission is to help individuals feel fabulous and find their true happiness while focusing their efforts on building healthy habits that last. She has supported hundreds of clients in achieving significant weight loss goals and making lasting lifestyle changes.

Learn more about Emily, and working with her via the Fitmo app here.

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