Friday, January 26, 2018
Daily Thought 2018
Energy in the Human System is Multidimensional
A dynamic relationship exists between physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy. Changes in any one dimension of energy affect all dimensions.
Energy capacities follow developmental lines:
- First level of development is physical as it drives the energy level to pursue the remaining dimensions of energy.
- Second level is emotional/social.
- Third level is cognitive/mental.
- Fourth level of development is moral/spiritual.
Each of the four dimensions follows its own developmental stages. The full engagement training system begins spiritually with a connection to purpose. High positive energy is the fuel for high performance. High positive energy flows from the perception of opportunity, adventure and challenge (approach). Negative energy is predicated by the perception of threat, danger, and fears about survival (avoidance).
“Performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy.” Dr. Jim Leohr
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Working at Your Individual Pace
Exercising at your current fitness level gives your body time to adjust to the demands of regular exercise and helps avoid the injuries that will sideline your efforts to improve your fitness. The first benchmark is usually working up to being able to complete 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise without stopping. If you have a heart rate monitor, or if you are using a treadmill or other equipment, measure your calorie count (how many calories burned) and commit to increasing this amount by one calorie each exercise session. Your joints are not as dynamic as your muscle so give your body and joints time to adapt by keeping it low impact until there is sufficient muscle to support your joints during exercise. If you are already active your calorie count is a good measure of your body’s ability to produce energy, set a benchmark and begin to increase it over time. Setting your own benchmarks (calorie count in 30 minutes, number of pushups, or even them number of minutes in exercise each week) can give you the framework to work within your limits and challenge your fitness over time. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have been inactive for a long time before starting a new exercise program. Don’t wait, get moving today.
Beachbody Nutrition Tip: Hydrate
This citrus-flavored supplement is intended to be used during workouts to keep you well, hydrated. It also replenishes electrolytes. It does this by capitalizing on a fancy concept called osmosis. Long story short, liquids containing fewer particles (ex. sugar, for example) will pass through a permeable membrane (ex. your stomach lining, for example) into a liquid with more particles in an effort to create a particle equilibrium between the two areas. Many sports drinks contain a lot of sugar in an effort to both hydrate and fuel the body. The problem with this is that they’re hypertonic — meaning they contain more particles than blood — so they don’t absorb well. The result is they slosh around in the stomach, and any athlete who’s ever experienced “gastrointestinal discomfort” after chugging a bottled sports drink knows what I’m talking about.
Hydrate contains fewer particles — meaning they’re hypotonic — so it is absorbed by the bloodstream faster. The results is you hydrate more effectively and maintain a better electrolyte balance. This is especially important to athletes, considering that even slight dehydration can have a huge impact on performance.
“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” Henry David Thoreau