Not Having Enough Energy
Is A Misnomer Not An Excuse
This used to be my excuse to not work out. I was tired all the time and feeling burned out. There is a chemical balance within our bodies that keeps everything running smoothly and if the proverbial engine is off slightly that you are going to feel like crap. Perhaps the wrong kinds of foods are contributing that that sensation. Our body is designed to utilize proper foods for our cells to remain healthy, but in the face of the enormous quantity of horribly processed options loaded with sugars, gluten grains, petrochemicals, herbicides like glyphosate and genetically modified ingredients it is difficult to know what is acceptable and what to avoid. If you can muddle your way through all of that there is the stress of everyday life both at home and likely at your work place. You feel exhausted and I understand that because I have been there. I know how overwhelming it can be and the concept of throwing in a workout somewhere in the middle of it all can seem impossible.
I want to encourage you that by getting the ideal exercise for your body you can actually create more energy so that you can go about your job and deal with your home life have some to spare. I will tell you the reason why this works.
I have realized that if you want more energy you have to do some kind of physical activity to create it. Think of a fireplace. If you want heat then you have to light the logs. The carbon fuel has to burn in order to provide that warmth. Our bodies produce energy in a similar fashion internally through increasing our cardiovascular routine. However, contrary to what you might think you actually do not need excessive exercise to produce these results.
Consider some advice from Dr. Mercola;
“When you break your exercise session into short segments that alternate high intensity with a rest period in-between, known as interval training, it can dramatically improve your cardiovascular fitness and fat-burning capabilities in a fraction of the time… The researchers believe this type of exercise works because it produces a unique metabolic response.. Intermittent sprinting produces high levels of chemical compounds called catecholamines, which allow more fat to be burned from under your skin and within your muscles. The resulting increase in fat oxidation is thought to drive the increased weight loss.
Again, one of the best parts of interval training is that it cuts down on the amount of time you need to exercise, which is great if you don’t have time for hour-long cardio workouts.”
So if your daily activity is limited to the minimum amount of movement that it takes to get the house in order and to do your job but there is nothing to really get your heart rate up for intervals of time then you are going to certainly feel fatigued. If you are sitting at work for hours on end, or even if you are at home at the computer or watching television you have to understand that the seated position crushes your kidneys basically putting them to sleep which makes you feel even more tired because they are unable to function in the manner they should. In the American Journal of Kidney Disease there was an article published in October of 2012 that stated the following, “Sitting for long periods of time has now been linked to the development of kidney disease.”
So if your daily routine or perhaps your job entails that you sit for long periods of time you need to find a few minutes to occasionally stretch yourself out and go for a walk or something in order to avoid chronic damage occurring. I do a lot of writing on my blog throughout the week so I manage to reduce the prolongation of being in the seated position by doing a little bit of yoga occasionally throughout my day. Just a few minutes of elongating my spine does wonders for my body. Then I will walk around for a little while before getting back to whatever it was that I was doing. I find that I am more alert to focus my activities making it easier to complete.
Due to stupid injuries my body has sustained over the years I cannot do hard impact exercise and even some low impact workouts are difficult so I have opted for zero impact training by doing DDPyoga in combination with the internal kung fu styles of tai chi chuan and baguazhang. That is my formula which works for me and I feel freaking awesome.
By the way, just a quick side note. The video of the baguazhang link above is of my daughter and I doing a demonstration. Check it out. She drops my ass to the ground at the end. BANG!
Through all of this I am just trying to say that if you want more energy than you have to burn the fuel. Do something to elevate your heart rate three or four times a week using high intensity interval but zero impact training which I believe adequately describes what you get with DDPYoga. Whatever you decide to do understand that it may be slow going in the beginning but I want to encourage you to persevere because eventually you will discover that you have more energy throughout the day both at home as well as at work and that you have some to spare for other activities. Working out properly does not mean that you are going to have less energy but more.
Think on it, be inspired, and just do it.