Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Sources of Energy
Full Engagement: Optimal energy in the context of high performance.
Physically energized, Emotionally connected, Mentally focused, Spiritually aligned.
Full Engagement is a consequence of the skillful management of energy in all dimensions.
- Physical capacity is reflected in one’s ability to expend and recover energy at the physical level and is defined by quantity of energy. The quantity of available energy is measured in terms of volume (low to high).
- Emotional capacity is reflected in one’s ability to expend and recover energy at the emotional level and is defined by quality of energy. The quality of available energy is measured in terms of unpleasant (negative) to pleasant (positive).
- Mental capacity is reflected in one’s ability to expend and recover energy at the mental level and is defined by focus of energy. The focus of energy is measured in terms of broad to narrow and external to internal.
- Spiritual capacity is reflected in one’s ability to expend and recover energy at the spiritual level and is defined by force of energy. The force of available energy is measured in terms of self to other, external to internal, and negative to positive.
Optimal performance requires:
Greatest quantity of energy, highest quality of energy, clearest focus of energy, and maximum force of energy. Barriers to full engagement are negative habits that block, distort, waste, diminish, deplete and contaminate stored energy. The most fundamental source of energy is physical. The most significant source of energy and motivation is spiritual.
“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” Viktor Frankl
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Exercise the Key to Weight Loss
Just how critical exercise is to weight loss and management is becoming more and more apparent. Research shows it is better to be fit than thin. A few extra pounds on a fit body has much better health benefits that dieting to be thin without fitness has show to be better for your overall health. Without exercise as a part of your everyday life you will lose 1% of your muscle mass each year after the age of 30 and then accelerates as we get older. This all-important muscle mass is your ability to burn and make energy and contributes to the few pounds the typical adult will add each year. Studies have shown that if you either moderately restrict calories or exercise to burn the came number of calories as the restriction, you will lose weight. No magic, calories in calories out, very simple. The difference is the exercisers metabolize more energy from fat and burn calories more efficiently leading to more long-term health benefits than just dieting alone. Each pound of muscle will burn 6 calories per day compared to 2 calories burned from fat weight. Exercise 6 days a week (4 from cardio) for more sustained weight loss compared to just restricting calories for weight loss for better long term health benefits.
Food Rules Tip: Try not to eat alone
Americans are increasingly eating in solitude. Although there is some research to suggest that light eaters will eat more when they dine with others (perhaps because they spend more time at the table), for people prone to overeating, communal meals tend to limit consumption, if only because we’re less likely to stuff ourselves when others are watching. We also tend to eat more slowly, since there’s usually more going on at the table than ingestion. This is precisely why so much food marketing is designed to encourage us to eat in front of the TV or in the car: When we eat alone, we eat more. But regulating appetite is only part of the story: The shared meal elevates eating from a biological process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community.”
“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” Napoleon Hill
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