We only have 24 hours in a day. So much to do, but so little time. My question to you is how efficient are you with that time? It’s not about doing more with your time, it’s about being more effective with your time. One of the biggest barriers and challenges I hear from my clients as a fitness professional is a lack of energy and honestly, something I struggle with from time to time. Many of us are just trying to survive the day and not thrive.
Think back to a day where you felt well rested and full of energy. What was that day like for you? I am guessing it was enjoyable and you felt very productive. Now think back to a day, and that day may be today where you are exhausted and just trying to survive the day. What was that day like for you?
I know for me, when I am rested and full of energy I can take on the world. My challenges don’t seem so big and my purpose and vision for my life is much clearer. On days when I am exhausted and don’t have much energy, that is often times when my thoughts are negative and self-destructive. I find myself questioning my purpose and self-doubt and fear creeps in.
Of course we are all going to have days that our energy level is low, that’s just part of life. But how would your life be different if the majority of your days were full of energy and your stamina was through the roof?
Here are three strategies that can significantly improve your stamina that will allow you to be more efficient and effective each and every day of your life.
Start each and every day with some type of movement: Our bodies were created to move. When we are sedentary, it creates fatigue in our muscles and our minds. By getting the blood flowing first thing in the morning it sets the tone for a positive and energetic day.
I know what you are thinking, I don’t have time in the morning to go to the gym and workout for an hour. I totally understand. My question to you is, do you have 10-15 minutes to move? It’s more about setting the tone for the day that you did something healthy for yourself to increase your energy levels. It’s amazing how good you can feel after just 10-15 minutes of movement.
Try doing this basic body weight circuit first thing in the morning:
· 20 reps of push-ups
· 20 reps of body weight squats
· 60 second plank
Repeat this circuit three times. This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. You will be surprised how energizing this can be.
Write down 5 things you are grateful for every morning: When you write down every day what you are grateful, study after study has shown that it makes you feel happier. When we are happy and grateful our energy levels naturally increase. We feel less stress and our body’s neurochemistry actually changes in a positive and helpful way. Instead of producing cortisol which is a stress hormone it produces oxytocin with is the “happy hormone.”
Read scripture every morning: Even if it is for only 5-10 minutes there is no better way to start the day than spending some quiet time with God. It sets the day up to be connected to God. Without his guidance and strength it is easy to try and control everything on our own. That can be exhausting. Ask for God’s guidance for your day and allow Him to direct your path. This will ease your tension and allow your energy level to flow naturally.
One of my favorite scripture passages is from Matthew 11:28 which states, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest.” This is a powerful promise.
Our energy level often dictates the quality of our life. By starting to incorporate some stamina boosting habits into our life, we can have a more productive, efficient and joyful life. Setting aside 15-20 minutes a day to move, be grateful and study God’s word can be life changing.
If you are looking for some inspiration to get you started on your journey of Divine Wellness, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 407-963-9645. I would love to partner with you on your journey of improved energy and stamina.
Troy Ismir, MS
Personal Trainer and Health Coach