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Ask Levi: How Do I Get The Energy I Need Without Caffeine?

Today’s question is about getting the energy you need to work a full time job and still have a life, but doing so without caffeine…

i work a full time job.workout 3-4 days a week and play professional softball 2 weekends a month. is frs stuff for me because i hate the crash of red bull or any caffine thats out there. if so what do you recommend for me?

Softball Sam

Hi Sam,

As for drinks to look at, I have an article about caffeine-free energy drinks that may help you pick something.

When it comes to FRS, I had no instances of an energy crash, but it does contain some caffeine. It’s not like a Monster energy drink, but you’d have to try it yourself to see what you think.

If you want to stay away from energy drinks completely, you could try supplements. One thing I’d recommend is just taking a B Complex or Vitamin B12 supplement each day. That gives you the same active ingredient as a caffeine-free energy drink, but at a much lower price.

There is more information on B vitamins and antioxidant supplements in my article about possible FRS energy drink substitutes.

Last but not least, make sure you get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy diet. If you’re not doing that, adding any sort of energy drink is a poor solution. I have found that a healthy diet (like one based on Precision Nutrition) and plenty of rest negate the need for frequent energy drink usage, unless you’re doing 12-30 hours of training per week.

More information on this can be found in my article, 3 Simple Ways to Get Energized – For FREE.

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