Table of Contents
- Discover The Shocking Truth About Why You Have Low Energy
- Walk Barefoot
- Get More Sunshine
- Go Cycling
- Maca Root Is A Great Energy Booster And Helps Balance Hormones
- Not a morning person you say?
- Do Weekly High Intensity Exercise
- Perform Full Body Workouts
- Do Yoga At Least 3 Times Per Week
- If You’re Chronically Fatigued, Take A Salt Bath
- Get Your Body Tuned
Every single person you will ever meet has struggled with low energy. We must balance our hectic lives with rest!
We’ve all experienced the effects of poor sleep and low energy.
Lack of quality rest is one of the most common causes of vulnerability to illnesses. Over-stimulation and/or nagging aches and pains being to blame…
We all need a little pick me up from time to time. But becoming dependent on that daily “boost” can become counter-intuitive to your health and in some cases be outright dangerous.
A 2005 issue of New Scientist reported about 90% of North Americans say they use some form of caffeine daily.
More surprising, University of Nebraska Medical Center survey reported 75% of children surveyed for a study reported daily caffeine use!
Wow, we’re now teaching our kids to be caffeine addicts too.
The easiest way to remedy these poor habits, is by walking each morning along with a consistent bed time.
These two things alone, will help you conquer any challenges that may arise during your day.
But I have more great news!
You can boost your low energy through additional natural means that nurture and support your body.
Discover The Shocking Truth About Why You Have Low Energy
If I were to tell my friends I dealt with chronic fatigue they’d probably laugh and say “yeah right.”
These days, I can’t seem to sit still for more than 20 seconds at a time. I’m constantly moving, wandering and seeking new sensual stimulation.
It has to do with curiosity, but also has to do with my energy levels are off the charts.
From when I wake until I go to sleep, my actions revolve around maximizing energy and overall life productivity. This means I am constantly indulging in activities that promote blood flow, increase metabolism and ultimately wake me up.
It all starts with waking up at the same time each day and from there immediately going on a walk. This walk is often times barefoot, which absolutely starts my day off on the right foot… (pun intended?)
Walking barefoot, also known as earthing, has gone from being a “hippy” trend, to a scientifically-researched practice; with a number of remarkable health advantages, such as increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep.
It means walking barefoot on soil, grass or sand (any of earths natural surfaces).
A former girlfriend (hippie) explained to me the health benefits of a relationship between our bodies and the earth’s electrons.
The planet has its own natural charge, and we do better when we’re in direct contact with it. Upon researching, I came across interesting studies suggesting earthing actually changes electrical activity in the brain, as measured by electroencephalograms.
Other research found that grounding benefits skin conductivity, moderated heart rate variability, improved glucose regulation, reduced stress and boosted immunity.
10-15 minutes in sunshine while you’re barefoot will get you vitamin D; which can help boost your mood and mental performance.
Spending time in the sun on top of earthing boosts levels of serotonin, which is the body’s natural happy hormone. That’s why we tend to feel happier and more energetic when the sun shines.
I came across a particularly interesting study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; which found earthing increases the surface charge of red blood cells and helps avoid clumping which decreases blood viscosity.
Another study in the same journal found that earthing might help regulate both the endocrine and nervous systems…
I absolutely love going on barefoot hikes and feel totally grounded and blissful.
With so much of society artificial, nature remains uncontaminated, possessing an ability to relieve and revive spirits.
For me, walking in nature is about being in the moment, rather than trying to achieve something. Remember, joy is in everything and anything we experience or might experience.
All we need is courage and strength to turn against our habitual lifestyles and engage in a bit of unconventional.
Regular walking, as little as 30 minutes daily, can reduce cancer risk, improve cardiovascular health, moderate weight and prevent diabetes.
Not to mention, walking improves blood oxygenation and circulation, immune response, removes toxins, and helps relieve stress.
But without being outdoors, we miss out on many of the proven health benefits associated with spending time in nature.
If walking barefoot or hiking really isn’t your cup of tea, than I invite you to start going on regular bike rides to achieve a similar affect.
Get More Sunshine
Stepping outside and spending 10-15 minutes in the sun will get you some vitamin D which can help boost your mood and mental performance.
Spending time in the sun boosts levels of serotonin, which is like the body’s natural happy hormone. That’s why we tend to feel happier and more energetic when the sun shines.
Regular sun can stave off moderate depression, especially when it’s combined with exercise.
Studies have shown that cycling to work increases cardiovascular fitness by 3-7%
I encourage those getting into fitness and active lifestyle to cycle for improved general muscle function, with little risk of overtraining.
I bike just about anywhere, any time of the year, and without spending a fortune.
Most people you meet (much of whom don’t ride) believe cycling only involves the legs. They’re obviously dead wrong, as your entire body gets involved with cycling; including your core, arms, back, legs and respiratory system.
Maca Root Is A Great Energy Booster And Helps Balance Hormones
If you’re considering cycling I would also invite you to give maca root a try prior to your rides.
This is something that I’ve started doing in the mornings and have felt incredible.
I needed something to balance my hormones after an injury and training hiatus; providing enough of a pick me up, I wouldn’t resort to stimulants.
Fortunately I discovered maca and found it offers a steady energy “boost” throughout the day, balances hormones, and is VERY protein rich.
Basically, It’s a nutrient dense super-food that contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all of the essential amino acids.
Maca root, a vegetarian source of B-12 is rich in B-vitamins, (energy vitamins). Maca even has high levels of bio-available calcium and magnesium making it great for remineralization.
This unbelievable plant was nearly extinct a decade ago, but today is thriving in its native habitat of the Andes Mountains.
It’s known to stimulate and nourish the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, which are the “master glands” of the body. It also helps balance our hormones which are out of whack due in large part to an over abundance of environmental estrogens.
You can either eat the root straight up, take a supplement in the form of a pill or you can simply indulge in organic maca powder. I personally enjoy adding maca to my oats in the morning. It’s a great way to start my day and is something I plan to do for the rest of my life.
Not a morning person you say?
When I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, it’s customary for me to whip out the blitzer and slam a mean & green.
My friends mom actually introduced this to me a few years back and I felt so amazing from head to toe after the first time I tried it, it’s been a regular aspect of my life ever since.
Here’s how to make it:
You can use this as a base and add other dark greens, carrots, maca, celery, beets, or even an orange or pear instead of the apple to put your own spin on it.
This juice recipe is a great pick me up in the morning or as a pre-workout.
Speaking of pre-workouts, I’m a certified personal trainer on paper, but a coach first and foremost.
And something that I constantly see is that high intensity exercise is completely taken for granted these days.
Do Weekly High Intensity Exercise
When people hear “cardio” they automatically associate that with boring sessions plugging away on the treadmill at the gym…
Sure walking is a great form of exercise… but what if I told you that in 30 minutes a week you could lose weight, gain muscle and experience the cardiovascular capacity of an athlete?
I’m talking about high intensity interval training. Otherwise known as HIIT. This can be as simple as sprinting for a 2 minute window and then a 2 minute cool off period with jogging, walking etc for as little as 15 minutes total.
Perform Full Body Workouts
The great thing about HIIT is that it’s a full body workout on top of being an absolute cardio boosting powerhouse.
I’ve always been an advocate of full body workouts. From the time I was a freshman in highschool until my senior year, my name was always at the top of the bench press record chart in the weight room at school. Matter of fact, it was on the squat and clean charts as well.
The only types of workout I did were full-body… I’ve always found full body workouts to be great because they target every muscle in your body and really work your central nervous system.
Because of the intense nature of full body workouts, they yield great results with minimal time invested on a weekly basis. What more could you ask for, especially since most of us have little time to spare these days.
I’ll typically perform 3-4 full body workouts per week, which allows for shorter workouts, improved recovery and greater overall gains.
Do Yoga At Least 3 Times Per Week
Yoga is great when it comes to combatting low energy. Lately, some of these full body workouts have moved away from exclusively using weights and have actually transformed into yoga sessions at least 3 times per week.
When done correctly, the sun salute is the only exercise in the world where you exercise every major muscle group inside your body, plus internal organs…Without excessive weight or resistance on your body.
Don’t go full out on these poses as that’s not the intention…. Just go as far as you can go. Be gentle with your body…
It’s known that those people who are stiff will get the greatest physical benefit out of yoga. Those who are too flexible have a tendency to go too far & over do their joints, which is very painful & damaging in the long term…
So don’t worry if you can’t reach the floor. It doesn’t matter. The fact that you’re getting yourself closer to that stretch is a goal. You’re not in any competition in yoga. You are just trying to gradually make yourself at the very least 1⁄2% or 1% better each week. That’s all you’re doing.
Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching, controlled breathing and relaxation to help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. I invite anybody and everybody to incorporate yoga into their lives at least 3 times per week forever.
Science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and keep sickness at bay. The cool thing about yoga is that nearly anybody can do it, but it’s just as easy not to do.
The health benefits of yoga outweigh the suffering you’ll endure without it. In other words if you don’t take the time out to be well now, you’ll have to take the time to be ill later.
It’s perfectly normal and very likely that you’ll experience soreness in after your full body workout including yoga.
I remember trying to tie my shoe the day after my first private yoga class, I could barely reach my shoelaces because my abs were so sore.
If this happens to you, I suggest get yourself a trigger point ball. Trigger points are basically sensitive “kinks” that develop when a muscle is being constantly activated then stays contracted. They can be painful, even beyond the tender area.
This could be the result of overuse, inflammation, misuse, bad posture, trauma, or nerve dysfunction. Doesn’t necessarily need to come by way of working out.
The action you can take to work out these kinks is called trigger point therapy, or trigger point massage – an awesome technique you can even perform on yourself.
Trigger point therapy works by applying moderate pressure to the knot through massage.
The way I understand it, is the pressure creates a slight stretch in the muscle, disrupting the constant activation and allowing the muscle to return to its normal resting state.
There are 3 ideal times to perform your trigger point massage:
- When you’re in pain. It’s common for muscle or joint pain to be the result of trigger points.
- Post-workout. After training, trigger point movements help release tension and facilitate the recovery process.
- Pre-workout. I often perform trigger point therapy to prepare my muscles for a training session.
How it’s done:
If you don’t have somebody to do it for you, I was taught to apply
pressure with the ball by using the floor, wall or any hard surface to stabilize the movement.
In order to get deeply enough into the muscle, the ball has to remain still with a significant amount pressure for 5 to 7 seconds. Once relieved, roll the massage ball side to side or in circles for a cross friction type massage.
I typically go against the muscles in a rapid fashion, but you’ll be able to feel what works best for you.
After my trigger point release I love to hop into a salt bath and recover.
If You’re Chronically Fatigued, Take A Salt Bath
Chronic low energy? Take a salt bath.
What’s very interesting about these salt baths is that they actually prevent and alleviate a common and dangerous deficiency.
I’d be willing to bet that you’re magnesium deficient right now.
Magnesium helps us regulate over 325 enzymes in the body and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions, like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.
It’s the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body.
Soaking in a bath with salt (Epsom, Dead Sea or Pink Himalayan salts), which is high in magnesium and sulfate is one of the easiest ways to get a boost.
While magnesium can be poorly absorbed through the stomach, studies show increased magnesium and sulfate levels after soaking in a bath with Epsom salt because they’re easily absorbed through the skin.
Many Americans have five times as much calcium as magnesium in their bodies. The proper ratio for optimum absorption of both minerals is two to one.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, American’s magnesium deficiency helps account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive issues, stress-related illness, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments.
There’s actually a handful of additional health benefits from proper magnesium and sulfate levels; such as improved heart and circulatory health, improved ability for the body to use insulin, flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation and relieved stress.
After addressing my own magnesium deficiencies and recognizing other areas of my being out I took up something I stumbled upon at an event; it opened my eyes to the power of vibration…And I’m incredibly grateful for this…
Get Your Body Tuned
An untuned body will suffer with low energy. Long story short, beneficial resonance occurs with tuning fork therapy.
Frequency measured in vibrations per second is applied by focusing sound generated with tuning forks onto various body parts.
This helped establish my new pattern of balance, erasing detrimental patterns caused by negative resonance of ill health; such as that caused by a magnesium deficiency.
Using a tuning fork for therapy essentially consists of hitting it and having it vibrate onto a specific body-part needing treatment.
The basic principle of healing with sound is the concept of resonance, which is the vibratory frequency of ANY object.
The ENTIRE Universe is in a state of vibration. This includes human beings. Every organ, cell, bone, tissue and liquid of the body; also the electromagnetic fields which surround the body, have a healthy vibratory frequency.
If we’re not resonating with our surroundings, or some part of ourselves we become dissonant and therefore unhealthy. Our naturally healthy frequency becomes a frequency that vibrates without harmony, creating illness.
Tuning forks emit pure sounds that are represented as pure sine waves, without any harmonics. They can be used in a great variety of ways for healing.
Now in the next post, we’re going to talk about something very controversial – a subject that has a lot of debate.
But I can tell you, I found the way through. I found what actually works, despite what you read.
These people know what you’d like to read, so they write that stuff because you’re not expecting it. I don’t.
I couldn’t care less about what you’re expecting to read. All I want for you is damn good results! I want you to be as healthy as me or even healthier.
Now, there’s a few myths about water you probably know nothing about. Ever here somebody say you need 8 glasses of water per day? Bull****!
It’s not the amount of water you drink, but WHEN you drink it that counts! You’re going to be stunned and amazed… Everything you ever thought about water is complete nonsense – I’ll prove it to you…
I’ll tell you all about it in the next post…
Remember, great health is by choice, not by chance.