Friday, August 4, 2017
Fully Engaged: Energy, Not Time, Is Our Most Precious Resource
Dr. Jim Loehr suggests, “Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.” Where your energy ends up, what you spend your time on, or choose not to spend your time on, will determine your results. Your current results are a window into what is most important to you. Your energy will gravitate to the things that are most pressing in your life right now. Whether this is intentional or by default, your results are what they are. You cannot argue with the results you have, they just are the facts and results of how you have used your time and energy. If the results you have are not what you want, then you must change the way you use your energy to get different results in the future.
Principle 1: Full engagement requires drawing on four separate but related sources of energy: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Principle 2: Because capacity diminishes both overuse and underuse, we must balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal.
Principle 3: To build capacity, we must push beyond our normal limits, training in the same systematic way that elite athletes do.
Principle 4: Positive energy rituals – highly specific routines for managing energy – are the key to full engagement and sustained performance.
“Performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy.” Dr. Jim Leohr
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: How Your Body Makes Energy
We are almost always using a combination of aerobic and anaerobic pathways. How your body triggers and blends the two systems and which fuels it uses are a direct result of three things: the intensity of activity, the duration of that activity, your level of fitness. These three in combination have a great deal to do with your performance in terms of your ability to do endurance activities, on the one hand, or explosive movements, on the other. We can train each energy system, for instance, the more long-distance running we do, the more effective we are at generating energy from the aerobic pathway—the enzymes work more efficiently and effectively and we are better able to burn fats and less muscle glycogen. The more sprinting we do, the more that those enzymes in the anaerobic pathway work efficiently and effectively, and our lactic acid buildup is less and we have more tolerance for it. Train your body for the type of energy suits your goals.
More on…Metabolic Realities
Nutrition Tip: Breakfast Starts Up Your Metabolism Each Day
Skipping breakfast is like trying to drive your car with no gas in it. You might be able to conserve a little gas and make it the next meal but you sacrifice much of your effectiveness as a result. Getting the fuel in your body at breakfast starts up your metabolism and your energy level each day. Many of us are very productive earlier in the day because of a good breakfast. Make a healthy breakfast a daily ritual and watch your energy level and productivity increase. You will also burn more calories over the course of the day in your goal to lose weight.
“The only measure of what you believe is what you do. If you want to know what people believe, don’t read what they write, don’t ask them what they believe, just observe what they do.” Ashley Montagu
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