5 Tips To Boost Your Energy
Get Good Sleep
Many entrepreneurs have a hard time shutting down at the end of the day, relaxing and going to sleep. Most of us think that our lack of sleep is due to lying awake thinking about our business ventures, worrying about one thing or another, or coming up with innovative ideas. Little do the majority of us know that there are many components keeping us up. Light is the number one cause for lack of sleep. Research performed by Harvard Health shows that the blue light in our phones and computers are among the top contributors to lack of sleep. Exposure to these lights at night, when our body is biologically ready to shut down, suppresses the secretion of melatonin and throws off our natural circadian rhythm. While many smartphones have a setting that changes your backlight to warmer tones at a certain time in the day, light still remains a problem. Any single source of light, even a small light on a fan or alarm clock, will interfere with your sleep, so it is crucial to make sure you are sleeping in a pitch black room. Installing blackout curtains, placing something over the small lights in your room to minimize their interference, and keeping lights off if you get up in the middle of the night will all assist in giving your body the rest it needs.
If, for the next eight hours, you couldn’t drink water or any other liquids, how would you feel? You’d be thirsty, you wouldn’t be performing well in your daily endeavors, you would lose focus and wouldn’t be able to think straight. Well, get this! Your body goes without water for nearly eight hours every night while you sleep. When you wake up in the morning your body is in reset mode, it’s ready to work for you and give you the best results. I get it, as an entrepreneur, I too forget to stay hydrated because I’m so focused on seizing the day and optimizing my results in every venture. But if you aren’t starting your day off with a big glass of water then you’re depriving your body of an essential item. Not only is it healthy to start the day with water, it also has many benefits. Scientific studies have shown that by drinking a minimum of 16oz of water each morning you are helping your body flush toxins, increasing mental clarity, and staving off craving or unnecessary snacking throughout the day. As your brain tissue is more than 70% water, you need water to keep your brain on track and focused. If your fluid intake is low, your kidneys will not carry out as much waste and toxins as they could. By keeping up on your water intake every hour, you will find that cravings for sweet drinks and sweet food are minimized. For many, because of the benefits of drinking water, an increased intake often comes with a decrease in body fat and an increase in energy.
Eat Balanced Meals
What does that look like? Protein, carbs, and fats. Example of a meal; Organic chicken salad with apples, walnuts, and balsamic dressing. Have you ever eaten a large lunch and crashed after? A high carbohydrate meal OR a large meal will spike your insulin and your digestion will be working overtime. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, then unproductive afternoons can’t be a normal thing. Harvard Business Review says “Spikes and drops in blood sugar are both bad for productivity and bad for the brain.”
In the business and entrepreneur world we see many people let their health drop to the lowest priority level as they are focused on building the rest of their empire. But you and I both know that is not the way to go, especially when it is so simple to maximize and increase your nutrients. In the day and age of raw eating and plant-based diets, we see juice bars and healthy eateries pop up on every street corner, many of which have an energy booster on their menu, Green Juice. It’s the most convenient way to ensure that you are getting your fruits and veggies while supplementing your body with immune boosting amino acids, and giving your body the healthy kind of fuel to convert into energy. The Babraham Institute of Cambridge performed a study and found that cruciferous vegetables add a layer of protection to your cells, which help you avoid catching a common cold while assisting in weight loss and giving you more energy. Not only will green juice help detox your skin, but it will also move your lymph to remove more toxins from your body, therefore lending a hand to your kidneys and making their work so much easier. I personally juice dark leafy greens, celery, citrus, ginger, and throw in an apple for a sweet taste.
Shock Your Body
From burning fat, restoring skin, to increased blood flow, there are so many ways to shock your body into health. The HIIT workouts are one way which many swear by. One, because they are fast and intense and two, because the benefits continue long after the workout is over. So what is HIIT? HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. It involves short bursts of exercises, followed up with brief recovery time. Many fitness experts recommend performing these intervals within a 30-minute time duration for the best results. Now, I know that as an entrepreneur you may find it hard to fit in a workout, but that’s why this is great for you. While the exercises performed with HIIT can vary, most people will do something like sprint intervals, putting forth 90% of their energy followed by a rest of walking or jogging for 30 seconds. HIIT benefits include better cardiovascular health and endurance, as well as increase your body’s ability to use oxygen.
Lastly, while we’re thinking about workouts, let’s talk about recovery. Not just recovery from a hard workout, but overall recovery for our bodies. My favorite recovery is Cryotherapy. Just like when we place an ice pack on an inflamed area, or like the idea behind ice baths, when you stand in a cryotherapy chamber your body is shocked into reducing inflammation so your blood vessels constrict, alleviating pain along with swelling. Cryotherapy also causes a spike in endorphins, boosting both your mood and energy, often improving your mental focus. Because cryotherapy poses so many benefits to the human body, in Europe many health insurance companies include it in their coverage.
Start implementing these 5 energy boosting tips and you can experience some of the benefits right away. When we work with businessmen at The Billion Dollar Body, we see them experience an extra 2 hours of productivity by implementing these strategies.
I’m Nicholas Bayerle and I founded the Billion Dollar Body with the help of my inspirational wife, Amanda. I have a huge vision for my life, for your life, and for this community. That’s because I transformed my entire world through fitness and saw how it deeply impacted my income, my marriage, and my outlook on the power of each of our lives. I know what exists inside of each man – confidence, purpose, strength, and a drive to excel and succeed. Too often though, men become misguided or distracted and quickly forget how valuable they are.
I created The Billion Dollar Body to help each man to return to their true self – to push their body and mind to the limit – to actively grow and be accountable to the bigger vision of their life. Through the cornerstone of fitness and health, each member of this motivated brotherhood is dedicated to serving their own desires and goals, as they commit to looking and feeling like a billion bucks.