The 3 Essential Sources of Your Physical Energy
The Importance of Having Energy
To enhance your life, you will need to get more energy. It doesn’t matter whether you want to be more productive or if you want to add tasks to your schedule. To be successful in life and to be able to reach your full potential – in fact, to produce any kind of change in your life – you will need to invest additional time and energy. There is no way around it.
Having physical energy is THE essential element to a successful life. Every day takes constantly from you. It doesn’t matter what you do, you consume energy and you have only so much at your disposal. At the end of the day when it is time to unwind and go to bed you are tired – i.e. you lost energy. Like clockwork. This is a natural process.
Therefore, on the path towards your full potential you will have to increase your vitality and strive to get more energy.
Get More Energy – The 3 Essential Sources
There are three essential sources that directly impact your vitality and therefore directly relate to your success in life:
These three fundamentals are the key to your health in general.
All too often we take our health for granted and don’t value it enough until we suddenly have to face a serious injury or an illness.
Just imagine you went to your doctor for a routine check-up and out of the blue he tells you that your test results show you might have cancer.
Where would your priorities instantly shift towards?
For sure, in an instance your health will become your absolute priority. No doubt about it.
So, outstanding health is the key to an outstanding life. Poor habits will result in poor health and with poor health you will lead a poor life – or at least not enjoy it as much as you could otherwise. Therefore don’t wait until something happens. Do your outmost best to prevent it upfront. Start paying attention to those three fundamentals right now.
Getting enough sleep is absolutely vital to good health and performance. Your body needs sleep for physical and psychological recovery. Sleep is especially important because:
– It increases your concentration and brain performance,
– It allows your body to repair any cell damage, and
– It refreshes your immune system and helps you to prevent disease.
Very commonly we think of sleep as luxury and due to our busy lives we believe that we simply don’t have the time to sleep 8 hours a night. But this is exactly what your body needs. Reality is that most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per day to be most productive.
And it is a myth that you need less sleep as you get older. What in fact happens is that the amount of sleep you need does not change much, only your ability to sleep decreases as you get older.
Studies have shown links between sleep deprivation and higher levels of stress, increased risk of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and higher risk of a stroke.
Your New Routine
The first step to get more energy is to create a regular rest and sleep schedule. Every day have clearly defined work hours and make sure you give yourself enough time to cool down and rest after you are finished. Don’t take work to bed with you.
If you cannot stop thinking about it, get up, take a journal, and write your thoughts down. Create a task list or a plan for the following day. This will help to put your mind at ease and relax.
Try to sleep the same amount of hours every night – at least 6 to 7 hours. Even though you may think, you don’t have that much time to sleep because you need to get things done. You will see that you are much more productive, you will have more energy, and you will be able to accomplish your tasks in a shorter period of time. Try it. You will feel the difference.
The food you put into your body is what fuel is to a car. The only difference is that the quality of fuel you get for a car is far more constant than all those different kinds of foods available to us. In addition there is not a single food that contains everything your body needs. You will always need to combine things and often these combinations and the ratios of those combined foods are the key to making your meal good or bad for your body.
You become what you eat.
There is a lot of meaning in this little phrase. Basically it says, you become what you ingest – what you put into your mouth. If you eat a lot of healthy stuff, you will be physically healthy. Unhealthy foods on the other hand will take your energy and will cause illnesses.
Studies also show that our diet has a huge impact on our emotional health. Too much sugar is likely to make us happy short-term but can cause fatigue or even depression after this first sense of delight is gone.
Basically, a healthy diet has these benefits:
– It increases your general health.
– It gives you energy.
– It helps you to sleep better at night.
– It improves your productivity and allows you to concentrate and focus better.
Your New Routine
To increase your vitality further change your diet. Increase the amount of raw and natural foods, meaning most importantly fruits and vegetables and wholegrain products. Get rid of all fast food and junk food. Drink fresh water or fresh and unsweetened fruit juices and skip all lemonades and sodas.
Dairy products, although natural, are not that good for your body. Your body has difficulties to digest them. If you cannot live without them stick to organic milk and natural yogurt but limit the amounts you have to a minimum. There are plenty of alternatives to give your body the proteins it needs (e.g. lentils, beans etc.).
On the other hand avoid all processed food as much as you can. Processed food is anything that comes out of a food factory. It simply has nothing natural in it anymore and most of the times it is very rich on fat, salt, and sugar.
The benefits of exercise are widely known and yet many don’t follow a regular exercise routine.
There are three main types of exercise:
– Cardiovascular training
– Strength training
– Flexibility training
All three are equally important and contribute to your health in different ways.
Cardiovascular training is a rhythmic and repetitive training that increases your heart rate consistently for a longer period of time. Therefore, it strengthens your heart and improves your endurance.
Strength training, as the name implies, builds and maintains muscle strength by using resistance for the muscles to strain. Strong muscles take tension from your ligaments and support your body in general. It is very important to gain and maintain muscle strength throughout your entire life – especially the older you get.
Flexibility training stretches your muscles and increases the range of motion of your joints. It reduces the risk of injury in your daily life and makes you feel more free and open – physically as well as mentally. Always remember your body and your mind are totally connected. A healthy body is the basis for a healthy mind.
Amongst others, regular exercise controls your weight, keeps health conditions at bay, boosts your energy, improves your mood, and increases the quality of your sleep.
Your New Routine
Research shows, it is most beneficial to exercise in the morning. It is like kick starting your metabolism and it prepares your body for the day. In case you have difficulties to get out of bed, simply go to sleep an hour earlier. Schedule 30-60min of workout time into your days.
Set your priorities right. Your body and health will thank you for it big time.
Certainly we could talk about each one of those “Essential Elements of Unlimited Energy” for hours and days. Every single one could easily fill week long seminars.
But following those little principles mentioned above, you will experience a boost of energy in your life after a short period of time.
Start with little changes to your routine at first. Implement one new item to your routine every week. You don’t need to have the perfect outfit, the most effective routine, or the best trainer to improve your energy.
Just go for it. Start right now and get more energy.
ACTION is the key. Once you have gained momentum you can keep developing your new routines, gain more knowledge, and try new things.
Your energy is THE basic foundation to your success in life. Improve it. Find more of it every day and make it a priority.
Enjoy your new life.