Physical Energy – Let’s Get Serious
By Deborah Goldstein, Driven Professionals
Physical energy is directly related to your personal maintenance, and can mean the difference between simply falling behind, and actually ceasing to exist. My friends, prepare to explore your Physical Energy, and to start taking it far more seriously than ever before.
In Sickness and In Health
Physical energy seems like an obvious source of resilience, and one that many of us suspect we’ve mastered simply by getting out of bed each day. The fact is, until our physical energy becomes compromised, we tend to take our bodies for granted. I never thought twice about my good fortune of being healthy until I got pneumonia. It stopped me in my tracks, and took more than 6 months to fully recover from. The experience was my wake-up call, prompting me to be grateful for my physical energy each-and-every day, and to put more thought into maintaining it.
Have you ever noticed that when your physical energy is perked, you are more capable of managing other forms of energetic challenge? Building your physical energy “muscle” is as simple as committing to good habits and maintaining your body like a fine-tuned car engine. As logic would have it, these habits are not different than what you’ve been hearing your whole life: eat whole foods, drink plenty of water, exercise often and get 8 hours of sleep every night! Simple, as I said, but not easy. The problems arise when we frame our physical upkeep as an optional task, with many “shoulds”. “I should join the gym.” “I should quit smoking.” “I should stop drinking soda.” A dear friend who’s battling an illness recently said in regret that she “should” have taken better care of herself. What she and many of us don’t quite realize is that the trick for changing “should” into “did” is to commit to being intentional about our personal maintenance.
The Cure over The Prevention?
There’s evidence everywhere that we take our sound physical state for granted. Reliance upon medication, hangover helpers and a boatload of coffee has replaced the good practice of healthy daily rituals and nourishment. Consider the dangers of sugar, and then note that the average American consumes between 150 and 170 pounds of the stuff each year. We’re eating/drinking our weight in sugar every 300 days! Compound that with the 30% of us who are counterintuitively sleep-deprived, since we’re watching television for an average of 5 hours per day in addition to our growing number of minutes squandered while interacting with digital devices.
The alternatives are within our reach. But again, intentionality provides the magic formula. Sleep alone is the greatest gift you can give yourself, and is an ideal place to start. In her book The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington declares, “These two threads that run through our life—one pulling us into the world to achieve and make things happen, the other pulling us back from the world to nourish and replenish ourselves—can seem at odds, but in fact they reinforce each other.”
Sleep on this quote for now, and prepare to dig a bit deeper into the importance of sleep in my next follow-up article.
Deborah Goldstein is the founder of the Driven Professionals, a community driven to support the health, well-being & success potential of NYC professionals. Deborah is also the founder of Goldie’s Table Matters, providing education and entertainment to both corporate and private clients nationwide.