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How to Get More Energy

June 5th, 2014 by dimpledbrain

Do you remember Tom Rath? We talked about him about 3 years ago. (Click here for the post). That’s right – that’s the author of Strengths Finder 2.0, a book recommended to me by my friend and a book that I have been recommending to my friends. Have you done your Strengths Finder 2.0?

He wrote another book called Eat Move Sleep. (He wrote a few other books too). I thought this book best summarizes the physical aspect of this blog I’m seeking – eat, move and sleep!

Some key ideas that I think are worth implementing:

(1) Eat

  •  Sugar intake – sugar makes you feel tired. I used to think my sugar intake is low until I rethink what exactly I put into my mouth. I used to drink Nescafe 3 in 1 for breakfast. Now I don’t think that’s a good idea at all. When I check the content, sure enough the ratio of coffee to creamer to sugar is not revealed. I wonder why. So now I switch to coffee-o as we call it here, i.e. coffee without sugar/creamer. As a rule of thumb just make sure the sugar content is less than 10g per intake.
  • For breakfast, I replaced whole meal bread with Instant Oatmeal.
  • Tom Rath also suggested one to one ratio between carbohydrate and protein, eat vegetables first, and swap junk food with nuts, among other things.
  • My goal is not to live until 100 years old – but to maintain my daily energy level to the max. That way I can do more stuff per day.

(2) Move

  • If you observe around you, a number of people start wearing activity tracking devices. Think of them as Pedometer 2.0. Good ones are like Jawbone, Withings Pulse, and Fitbit. It can cost about Rm300-500.
  • Given our sedentary lifestyle, a good way to start is to move about 10,000 steps per day. Those tracking devices will help to measure. Some like Jawbone will buzz you if you keep still for too long. If you are interested in getting one do consider the battery life. Before you get too excited with the device, just think of your need first. Sometimes just a standard pedometer would serve the purpose.
  • Sitting on a Swiss ball vs a chair seems like a good idea too.

(3) Sleep

  • I can generally sleep 8 hours a day without problem. But if you have problem with sleeping, the activity tracking device above will be handy! It can record and analyse your sleep pattern too. You’ll know what to change after collecting some data about your sleeping pattern!

Sure we can talk about extreme fitness, but I think for a start, an easy to implement idea is much more effective. And once you see/feel the benefit, one will get so hooked up that I don’t even need to elaborate any further. When it comes to changing for the better, just don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s never about lack of discipline but more about how to convince the elephant in us to work with the rider. (Click here for the post.)

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