This week I am sharing my top tips to increase your physical motivation and energy.
Exert from the Boost your Motivation 4 disc Audio Program by The Mojo Master
A basic principle I follow in regards to keeping my physical energy and motivation high is that there are basic principles to life that go back hundreds of thousands of years that seem to be missed when talking about modern health principles. Health is the key to energy and physical health is imperative to achieving mental and emotional health. Without health life suffers. Here are the basics for achieving great health. Without these basics all of the pills, potions and exercise are useless.
1.) The most important nutrient in the human body
Oxygen is the most important nutrient in the human body. It only takes a few minutes of deprevation and a person will fall into a coma and die. The body will do whatever is needed to maintain adequate oxygen levels in the blood. This is a commonly forgotten fact amongst many health professional when treating chronic pain and illnesses. As you can imagine just by sitting for hours, breathing is reduced due to postural changes which effect blood oxygen levels. This can increase acidity and toxicity within the body. Over time this can lead to reduced energy and dis-ease. It is essential if sitting for extended periods to stand up every hour, have a good stretch, move around and or go for a walk to help reduce the effects of lower oxygen levels. I personally set an alarm on my phone to sound every hour in which I stand, stretch and move for at least 5 minutes.
This is also important when working in environments with lack of fresh air or in air-conditioned offices. Spend time each morning or night outside in fresh air preferably moving (exercising, walking etc.). Just by increasing your oxygen levels each day, you will notice an increase in your energy and motivation. I have also found an increase in overall health and wellbeing from many of my clients also.
2.) The liquid of life
If oxygen is the gas of life then water is the liquid of life. Over the last decade I personally coached thousands of clients and one of the most common problems I have found is dehydration. The brain and heart are made up of 75% water and the lungs are over 80% water. Water is needed in the removal of toxins from the body, temperature regulation, organ and hormonal function and much more. Almost all of the 10 billion plus reactions that happen in the body every second are water dependant. Therefore slight reductions in water percentages can slow down important functions within the body, including brain function and neurotransmitter production thus reducing energy and motivation amongst other things. The easiest way to work out optimal hydration levels is multiply your body weight by .033 which will give you a close estimate of the amount of water needed per day to stay hydrated. This equates to 33mls of water per kilogram of body mass per day to stay hydrated. This is far more accurate than the one size fits all approach of yesteryear.
To work it out:
Your weight in KG’S X.033 = Litres of water needed per day to maintain hydration
_____ kgs x .033 = ___________ Litres per day
This has been one of the best ways I have found to easily figure out water intake needed per day. If you work in hot environments where you sweat a lot or exercise then this may need to increase, but this is a good start.
With food I understand that we are all human and sometimes like to indulge in the finer things in life. This is why I like to stick to the 80/20 principle of food. I could write a whole novel just on water, oxygen and food but I will keep it short and simple as many practitioners like to complicate food which confuses most people. So I’ll keep it simple and easy to follow. The best way I have found to eat is to understand that in most cases the faster a food deteriorates or decomposes the healthier it is for you. Just imagine placing all of the food in your fridge out on a warm day and imagine what bacteria and fungus will attack and grow on first. They know health. They eat real food first as they want to stay strong and survive just like us.
Usually good quality meats, dairy and fruit will decompose the fastest followed by above ground vegetables, sprouted grains and then below ground vegetables.
Dry grains and seeds tend to last the longest until moisture hits them, in which they begin to grow or grow fungus and bacteria.
Foods that are artificially preserved such as fast food and packet and processed food may out live us and hence why they are a sometime (if ever) food as bacteria won’t touch them which means it will not be totally digested in our gut and may even effect our whole digestion process. Many of these artificial foods are anti-nutritional which means they use more nutrients to digest them and eliminate them then what our bodies will get from the food itself. This can leave a person tired as they may be full of calories but malnourished. Sticking to the basics of food and not getting too technical is the key to increasing your overall energy and motivation. Using a food journal is also great as it will show what foods cause negative symptoms within the body such as bloating (organ inflammation or gas), tiredness, changes in hormones (emotional changes), physical pain (food intolerances) and much more. Once you begin to understand your body and what will fuel you the best, then you can stop listening to “the experts” and start listening to your body as no expert will ever know your body as good as you. Especially if you are healthy, energetic and well fuelled.
I hope this was helpful. I could have written books on these topics but tried to condense it in the easiest way to understand.
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