For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been someone with a lot of energy. Even during my depression phases I was enthusiastic and energetic too.
Yeah even I to this day can’t explain how I pulled that shit off.
I’ve lived a life filled with a lot of energy which is why I’m surprised that a lot of people can be drained so easily of their energy.
For sure there are times after a long day of work I want to sit down and not do anything. But my energy comes back quickly.
Call me lucky or weird, it doesn’t matter, but the truth is I have a lot of energy.
But as I’ve grown older and wiser, I’ve learned where this energy was coming from. I learned what drains it and what you can do about it, and even how someone can maintain a high amount of energy and excel.
Today I want to teach more about our bodies and how energy works. These things have helped me in the past and I believe these can help you in boosting energy and maintaining it.
Every single day my body gets the appropriate amount of sleep. Sleep is a necessary component of getting energy and using it throughout the day.
Now this doesn’t mean sleeping in actually boosts your energy either. It actually drains it.
Sleeping in doesn’t help you at all period. The same applies to lacking sleep too.
Fortunately for me I have what I call a biological alarm clock. Basically whenever my body says to wake up, I wake up. I can’t get back to sleep as I am instantly awake and refreshed.
Even with this quirk of mine, I still get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep per day, which is the recommended amount for any working adult.
You need sleep as it allows you to both physically and mentally sound. Getting enough sleep also helps in productivity, emotions, immune system and many other things. But more importantly, getting enough sleep will boost your energy levels.
If you struggle with sleep and you’re not getting enough, take the time to look at the causes. Furthermore take some time to schedule your sleep into your life. There were times where that’s what I did when I worked a 8–4 job. What that meant was getting to bed at 10pm at the latest so I can get up by 6 and get ready for work.
Eat and Drink Food & Beverages That Boost Energy
No, this does not mean you should be drinking more coffee or energy drinks. In fact caffeine is one of those things that could actually cause fatigue once it leaves your system. That and amongst other concerns, I avoid this crap.
I will indulge in a tea once in a while, but it’s not for the sake of waking up.
Furthermore even without the tea, I typically have plenty of energy to get through the day.
I can do this because of the foods that I eat.
In Peter Voggd’s book 6 Months to 6 Figures, he talks about foods that are high in energy. In the book, he advises in eating organic vegetables and fruits due to the inherent freshness and different taste compared to non-organic foods.
I can see some merit to it, but I still don’t pick purely organic foods at the time of writing this. Furthermore, I’m still maintaining my high energy levels so I’d say it’s still fine.
Anyway, for high energy, it’s suggested to eat foods that are mostly water. Things like tomatoes, watermelon, celery and other greens. This same principal applies as well to drinking plain water, which I do every day.
This one is a given, but exercise is a big thing. Ever since I started working out daily, my energy levels have been quite high still. Higher than usual. Sure exercising is exhausting while doing it, not to mention painful, but it pays off immediately.
At the end you raise your heart rate which of course is good for your health, but after the workout you have plenty of energy while your muscles heal up from the workout.
Furthermore if there is a time during the day where you lack motivation, I challenge you to do a brief exercise. For myself, I’ve been putting an effort of doing 20 push ups every time I get out of my chair and want to sit back in it. This boosts my energy level throughout the day as push ups are particularly straining for me let alone doing 20 with no breaks.
On top of that, I recommend an intense 15 minute work out to start your morning. Follow it up with the next tip I’m about to drop.
Yes. Cold as fuck showers.
Are you shivering at the thought? Good.
Because the cold water will get you shivering, but also energized too.
There are a lot of benefits for taking cold showers and as a person who takes them, I can see them already in my life.
For one I’m able to exercise every day thanks in part to these cold showers. They relax your muscles, but also they get you up and ready for the morning.
If you are hesitant with it, don’t worry. I’m not saying you need to jump immediately into cold water. Although you could, you may be drop the habit after a while.
Instead take this beginner approach.
- First take your shower as normal.
- After you are done, turn off the hot water and let the cold water run.
- Step out for a few seconds while the water adjusts in temperature. I personally stand in it so I can feel it’s warmth before turning to cold shortly after. For me that’s soothing my body and I can’t help but sigh.
- Lastly, if you stepped out, step back in and let the water wash over your entire body.
These cold showers last for only a minute as well, just enough to get the benefits.
Add these things into your life. They take very little time and they can seriously change your life.
When you have more energy, you can use it to be more alert of your surroundings and do things that you wouldn’t have been able to do before.
Try it out and let me know what you think about it.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 54 of 91 of this series.
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