Improving your Energy! November 10th, 2010

Some tips to improve your energy

  • Meditate: Clearing your mind and positive thought will help boost your energy levels

  • Nurturing your family, friends and important relationships.  It will keep you positive!

  • Deep diaphragmatic breathing

  • Good quality exercise: find a program that’s right for you

  • Eating right for your Metabolic Type

  • Keeping hydrated and avoiding too much caffeine and sugary drinks

  • Get to sleep  by 10pm

  • Be in tune for signs of anxiety and depression

  • Participate in meditative exercise like Tai Chi or Yoga

 



Ideally we want enough energy to help us function well at work or during our daily tasks, and have enough left over to carry over into the evening when we’re spending time with our family and friends.  We’d all like just a little more energy to get through the day!  When we suffer from low energy or lack of energy all together, it can spiral down and affect all aspects of our health. There are Six Foundation Principles that we should all learn to help improve our energy levels.


Six Foundation Principles:

  • Thought
    Breathing

  • Hydration

  • Nutrition

  • Exercise

  • Sleep

Thought:

Thought triggers emotion, and each emotion has a hormonal and energetic reaction in our bodies.  Negative thoughts lead to general malaise and unhappiness.  As a consequence, our energy levels fall.  Our thoughts on self-image, relationships, financial situation can also negatively impact our energy level.  Negative thoughts increase the levels of stress hormones in our bodies which, over time, cause hormonal imbalances, can weaken our immune systems, and increase the probability of disease.  Creating positive thought patterns and using meditation techniques can help to improve this area of energy-drainage.

Breathing:

Poor sleep and breathing contribute to an estimated 75% of all doctor visits.  If we’re not breathing properly, we’re not sleeping properly!  By taking simple steps to improve breathing patterns, we can achieve a more restful sleep and wake up in a more recovered state, giving you more energy!

Hydration:

Not being properly hydrated causes lethargy and general levels of low-energy.  You should examine how much water you are consuming and make sure that it’s enough for your body.  A general rule of thumb is your body weight in Kg X 0.033 = amount of water to drink in litres.  (i.e. 75kg X 0.033 = 2.4 litres/day.) You will notice a major boost in energy just by drinking the right amount of water.

Nutrition:

Determining your metabolic type and eating right for your type will drastically improve your energy levels.  If you’re experiencing particularly low levels of energy, it could mean that you are not eating the right mix of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.  Finding out what your Metabolic Type is will help you to make the right choices to improve your energy levels.

Exercise:

It’s no secret that if you exercise you will have more energy.   Figuring out a program that suits your lifestyle and addresses your goals will help you to maintain optimal energy levels.

Sleep:

We need a good quality sleep for approximately eight hours each night to repair our minds and bodies.  Our physiological / mental recovery occurs during the first 4 hours of sleep, ideally from 10pm – 2pm.  Physical repairs take place after that.  If we get to bed too late, or miss out on critical hours of repair, we will not have enough energy. 
Keeping a close eye on all six Foundation Principles will assist you in improving your energy levels!


 

Gary Jasmin is a certified C.H.E.K. coach, practitioner and trainer. As part of his holistic approach to health and wellness, he can help you understand how to practice the Six Foundation Principles for optimum health. Click here for more information on the variety of services Gary offers.