To live in a human body, you must have access to a certain amount of energy. You may either use this inherent in a nourishing and self-sustaining way, or in a destructive and debilitating way. In the case that you consciously or unconsciously choose negligence or self-abuse over loving attention and self-respect, your body will likely end up having to fight for its life.
– Andreas Moriz
I love the above quote and I believe that our health is so often taken for granted. Yet time and time again, so many of my clients complain about their lack of energy. So I wanted to dedicate this article to the top three tips for abundant energy!
I personally have truly been blessed with abundant energy but when I really look at my own journey there are definite things I do to maintain it. I always say that health is a full time job and when we make it a priority it actually becomes quite easy (and addictive!)
You are the hydration station!
Looking at a plant sitting on my windowsill I noticed that all of the leaves were dropping. I forgot to water it!
After some water, a mere few hours later it sprang back to life and it reminded me how important a simple thing like water can make all the difference. Our body is made of approximately 60% water. All of our bodily functions rely of water and yet we forget to drink it!
Coffee, tea and alcohol all dehydrate us, so we need to make a conscious effort to drink more. Simply take your bodyweight and divide it in half. That is the amount of ounces of water you need at a minimum. Someone who is 150 pounds needs 75 ounces of water per day, or about 9 and a half cups. A very simple tip is to get a big bottle and commit to drinking it all before you go to bed. Headaches are almost always your body’s sure cry for hydration!
If you don’t use it you lose it.
This applies to your muscles. We were born to move and yet we are spending so much time sitting all day. Sitting is the new smoking. Each of us has the same amount of time every day and why is it that so many of us are not able to make time for movement.
If you want energy you have to move your body so that it can release feel good hormones and reduce your stress, not to mention sleep is so much better. I work sometimes 6o hours a week yet I ALWAYS make exercise a priority because it keeps me energized and focused. Sometimes we feel so tired but after a good workout you will feel like a million bucks. A simple trick is to get a cheap pedometer and make it your mission to walk 10,000 steps a day. If you can accomplish that, doing even more becomes not only easy but exciting!
You are what you eat, so don’t eat crap.
What we put into our mouths truly affects our energy. Want more energy? Easy. Start by avoiding the five new food groups: frozen, fast, fried, junk and processed. Try a 21 day whiteout: no white food (or, beige… donuts, bagels, muffins, pasta…etc) for 21 days and eat food that grows toward the sunshine. If it has to pass a chemistry on the way to your mouth it probably is not food and will make you tired. For me having a bagel and cheese makes me want to fall asleep at my desk. Color is the secret so choose lots of colourful foods as they have so many life sustaining nutrients.
Your mental energy is a product of what you are doing to your body. You wouldn’t be surprised if your car didn’t run properly if you put the wrong fuel in it. So why are we surprised when we don’t function properly after not adequately fueling ourselves?