5 keys to maximum energy and vitality!

A life full of vigour is within your reach; all you need is a little conviction

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“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body; the more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”
Tony Robbins

Have you ever felt that it was simply impossible to be healthy, fit and full of energy every day of your life? And that there is just no time at all left in the day for you to take care of YOU? How many times have you promised yourself that you would eat healthier foods, only to realise that it was far more time-consuming, and involved a lot more preparation, than you had expected? Or have you promised yourself that this is the year that you will exercise regularly, paid a good chunk of change for a gym membership, an exercise or a yoga class, or a season of ballroom dance classes, and then never got back there after the first couple of workouts or sessions?

What determines our levels of energy and vitality?

Being truly healthy, fit and vibrantly energised is the sum total of all that we do, each and every day—mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Your daily habits must nourish your body, mind, heart and soul. For example, when your body and mind are relaxed, and you are at peace, and in a state of pleasure, your metabolism and digestion function at their peak efficiency.

We’ve all heard the expression: You are what you eat! Well, yes, and no…

Yes, we do need nutrient-dense foods, packed with all of the essential nutrients necessary for optimum efficiency of the thousands of metabolic functions going on simultaneously, 24/7, throughout our bodies. However, there’s much more to it than eating right.

The perfect diet—and they still died!

To exemplify what I mean by this, let me just ask you a simple question. Have you ever known someone who has eaten a seemingly perfect diet? A diet that included lots of raw, organic fruits and vegetables, meats that are hormone and antibiotic-free, wild omega-3 dense fish and other healthy fatty acid sources, 100 per cent whole grain products, lots of water, no fast foods, and a minimum of sweets and processed oils? Plus, they exercised regularly, and even attended yoga classes [although usually for the wrong reasons: for exercise and weight loss rather than for breathing, relaxation and meditation!]. Suddenly this person is diagnosed with cancer, or some other major illness, and shortly after that, they’re dead. And you’re mystified. How could this happen? They did everything perfectly—and still died!

Well, it’s not that simple. It’s so much more than just what we eat. And here’s a surprising fact: not all exercise is created equal either.

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Adapted from Dr. Joyce’s widely sought after book, INSTANT E.N.E.R.G.Y.™

A version of this was first published in the June 2013 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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