This morning, I discovered a whole new reason for exercising intensely at the beginning of your day!
Have you ever seen Cesar Milan's show Dog Whisperer? He shows people how to help their dogs follow directions & be well-behaved. One of the techniques he uses for the unruly pups is to exercise the daylights out of them in order to remove all their excess energy and thus enable them to listen to obey the commands of their masters. What an ingenious idea... it really works - on people too!
Lately, I've been on a journey of personal struggle that takes up a ton of mental and emotional energy. I worry a lot, unnecessarily, about the outcome of things. My brain swims in a bunch of what-ifs and if-onlys. When I get into these cycles, I become paralyzed & can't move forward into any sort of productive solution. Very counterproductive.
Now, I'll tell you - I believe in God & I believe in His deep love for me & I believe that He has a good and perfect plan for my life. I believe all this because I've come to a place in my life where I've seen Him work time and time again on my behalf. And none of it was because I deserve any bit of it, but simply because He loves me. I also believe that He gives me all these blessings of love and peace in the midst of my struggles not just to give me warm-fuzzies, but because He wants me to share these abundant blessings with others - to tell others about Him. So, when I get into my mental cycles of self-destructive and paralyzing thoughts, I end up not sharing anything with anybody. No bueno!
Back to my original thought - why it's an awesome idea to exercise like a mad woman at the beginning of my day. Same as with Cesar's dogs - it allows me to release all my excess and absolutely unnecessary mental energy so that I can listen to and obey the commands of my Master - Jesus Christ. As I jogged my neighborhood (I'm not a runner, so jogging does in fact spend me), I prayed; as I prayed God gave me peace as He helped me to organize my thoughts; as I received peace and organized thoughts it occurred to me to share with you about God's love - how He helped me, and how can help you.
Hence, this morning's blog! I pray you have a blessed and healthy day!
I hope your "Energy Journey" has been going great this week!
We've talked about 2 things so far you can do to stave off exhaustion: get more rest and eat healthy foods. Now for a little bit about exercise!
Studies have shown that one of the benefits of staying physically active is increased energy. While that's true, many people begin to feel overwhelmed by that fact if they don't have enough time in their day to get to the gym & workout. Well, no need to get discouraged! I want to send the message out to you that it is entirely possible to increase your energy EVEN IF you don't have time for a structured exercise routine at the gym.
How do you do that? It's simple ... change your perspective of what counts as physical activity! Yes, in a perfect world, we'd like to have enough hours in the day to do all our work, hang out with all our loved ones, do fun stuff AND get a full 1-2 hour workout (because that just burns so many pesky calories). In reality, it doesn't always go that way, though! So, when your day is too busy, be intentional about staying active AND BE OK WITH THE POSITIVE THINGS YOU'VE DONE TO MOVE YOUR BODY! Here are some examples:
- Go up & down the stairs at your workplace.
- Park far away from where you need to go when you run errands.
- Stand at your computer when you work or when you're making a phone call.
- Do several 5-minute routines at your work station (stretches, desk pushups, squats).
- Practice deep breathing when you wake-up, throughout the day, and before you sleep.
So, as you can see, it really is an attainable goal to increase your energy! Try these 3 simple tips & let me know how it works for you. I'd love some feedback!
Since Tuesday I blogged about getting enough sleep to help stave off exhaustion, I decided to, yes, follow my own advice! These past couple of days, I've been calling it a night earlier and managed to rack up at least 6.5 hours per night. I tried to get in another 30 minutes so that I could meet my "recommended minimum", but my body just said "nope, your're getting up!" That's ok, I'm no quitter - I'll keep trying until my body eventually succumbs to RESTING. Good news, though ... I do in fact feel more energized today!
All right, ready for Tip #2 on your journey of Victory over Exhaustion? Ok - build upon tip #1 (get more sleep) and begin to EAT NUTRITIOUS AND WHOLESOME FOODS. Avoid refined sugar and artificially sweetened foods and beverages, processed foods, excess caffeine (one of my own wee-little vices...;-)), high-fat and high-sodium foods. These, and other poor-nutrition foods, prevent your body from functioning at its best because they tend to be high in calories and low in nutrients. There is very little benefit in consuming them, and can even be potentially harmful to you.
NUTRITIOUS AND WHOLESOME FOODS (like fruits, vegetables, whole grains that your body can tolerate, lean meats, legumes, spices, herbs, low amounts of caffeine - like tea or not-a-pot-a-day-of-coffee, plant-based fats, etc.), on the other hand, carry tons of nutrients and a reasonable amount of calories. Just enough calories to keep your body fueled, but not so much that you have to loosen up the ol' belt buckle!
Best to you on this next phase! Stay tuned for Part 3 - I have a little something to say about one of my favorite topics... EXERCISE! (Don't worry, I'm not going to tell you to start doing a ton of it, but I do have some great news in store!)
Do you sometimes find that you’re too exhausted to exercise? You know you need to exercise because it will give you energy, but then you skip the workout because you don’t have the energy you need to even get to the gym!
If you find yourself in the midst of this battle, try these three simple changes and see how it transforms your life!
#1 GET MORE SLEEP. Aim for getting 7-8 hours of deep restful sleep at night in order to stay healthy and have more
energy. If deep restful sleep eludes you, try some relaxation techniques such as reading a relaxing book or deep breathing and meditating.
What are some techniques you use to find rest?
Stay tuned for my next blog & I’ll have a little to say on how sound NUTRITION will give you a powerful energy boost.
Being healthy is more than just working out and eating right! It's making intentional choices, on a DAILY basis, to do things that are good for you. Physically, you definitely want to exercise, eat healthy and wholesome foods, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep. But, remember, you are more than just a body - you are also spirit, which includes your intellect, your emotions, your very soul! So be intentional about taking good care of these, too. Pray, read, foster healthy relationships, smile, be thankful, help others.
And yes, SEEK GOD! Your spiritual condition is the most important part about your existence. If you neglect it, you run the risk of making everything else you do utterly pointless. You could spend 24-7 doing anything and everything to be physically healthy & fit, but if your soul is empty and your spiritual condition is impoverished, then all the work you do is for naught. God is the creator of your body and soul, and He desires to have a relationship with you. Seek Him & He will make Himself known to you. What you will find is that He is good and perfect and loves you JUST the way He created you.
I write this part of my story from pure experience. What's your story? Share your journey!