If there’s one primary thing that will determine what kind of life you will have, it’s your ability to tap into your natural energy sources at will. A consistent lack of energy can seriously screw your day up (and your life). I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Maybe you had a bit of a restless sleep, or perhaps you got a long sleep but for some reason when your alarm clock goes off, the idea of getting up and facing the day actually seems painful to you. So you desperately reach for a cup of coffee. You feel better for the time-being, but eventually the feeling fades. So you eat some breakfast, but that only results in more lethargy. You feel trapped and all you want to do is go back to sleep. You hop in the steaming hot shower to rinse off and when you get out you can feel your eyes wanting to close.
Can you solve this problem in a natural way? Is it possible to do simple things that give you more energy on a daily basis? YES! By bio-hacking your body you can forever solve all of your energy problems.
What is Bio-Hacking:Bio-hacking is a way of saying that we are able to expose ourselves to certain stimuli, or do certain things, that exploit our biology in highly beneficial ways. Some forms of bio-hacking include: intermittent fasting, float therapy, meditation, intensive exercise, supplementation, holistic movement, sleep experimentation and cold exposure. Here are 5 ways you can gain more energy each and every day:Morning Joint Mobility: After being still for most of the night, it’s vital that you move your entire body as soon as you wake up. This will prime you for all the movement you will do that day. It will also energize you as you warm your body up for more movement. First, focus on connecting your breath to your movement. Inhale and lift your hands up to the sky, exhale and lower your hands to your sides like a bird flapping its wings. Do this 5-10 times until you feel focused and calm. Next, starting with your neck and working your way down your entire body to your ankles, complete 5-10 rotations in each direction (clockwise and counterclockwise) of every major joint in your body: neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. This helps to lubricate your joints and it will also eventually make you more coordinated. If you do a gentle joint mobility routine every day you will lessen the chances of becoming physically injured throughout your life. Mindful Meditation: Spending a few minutes (or even much longer) to consciously be with your breath, body and mind–without trying to change anything–can offer profound insights into our psychology. You don’t need to do anything except sit or lie down and breathe. This is easier said than done and there are guided meditation apps, such as Insight Timer, 10% Happier and HeadSpace that can really help with your meditation practice. Remember, the goal isn’t to reach some special state and hold onto it for dear life, rather, the goal should be to let thoughts come and go as they will and let go of all attachments to positive and negative phenomena (both physical and mental). Just be with the present moment and realize that whatever is happening right now is okay. Try to remove all judgements and just be. Performing this kind of exercise can fill you with a sense of energy that can last for the entire day as you continue to drop back into the heightened state of awareness that you’ve found while meditating. Meditating before bed is also a surefire way to increase the chances of having a sound and restful sleep.
Workout: Whether it’s yoga, crossfit, gymnastics, running, biking, hiking or just some push-ups, you’ve got to move! Working out in the morning will give you more energy throughout the day. Many people who feel tired in the morning can’t possibly imagine that exerting themselves could result in more energy–but it’s true. Once you get the momentum of physical movement going, the train just keeps on rolling and you become extremely energized–even after you’re covered in sweat. Daily exercise can also help you sleep like a baby every single night, which obviously leads to increased energy as well. Cold Showers: The only thing that can wake you up better than a cup of black coffee is an ice cold shower. The cold puts your body into survival mode, that means you become very awake, alert and hyper-aware of your surroundings. This might seem hard to believe, but there is a certain kind of natural high that comes from being cold and it almost needs to be felt to be believed. Try turning your shower cold for the last 30 seconds and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Surprisingly and somewhat counterintuitively, cold showers have also been shown to help with sleep quality too.Intermittent Fasting: Intermittent fasting (IF) has become very popular, and for good reason. IF has myriad benefits, such as: fat loss, reducing inflammation, mood elevation, gaining mental clarity, lower blood pressure, improved immune system and a massive boost in energy. The best part about IF is that it’s extremely simple once you get used to it. All you have to do is eat within a specific time window. Most people who practice IF find that a 16-hour daily fast followed by an 8-hour eating window deivers maximum benefit. I personally do 18-hour daily fasts with a 6-hour eating window and it makes me feel like a superhuman.
Experiment with the 5 strategies above for 2-weeks and I can assure you that you’ll feel a huge difference in your natural energy levels. Once you feel the difference, you’ll be hooked for life!
John Mayo is one of the Mayo Bros, whose main goal is to help people achieve a new level of fitness and healthy living. By using bio-hacks and flexible, natural movements, the Mayo Bros are dedicated to helping people fulfill their ultimate potential.