7 Ways to Get More Energy for your Spring Workouts - Pt. 3

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Mon Mar 31st, 2014, 3 comments

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6. Move often and keep the Chi flowing: As studies have shown, sitting and sedentary behaviors are robbing you of your life force, literally pulling the plug on your energy. To counteract this:

• Walk every day. Not just to the water cooler, but for little breaks…5 minutes in one direction, 5 minutes back. 7 minutes out your door, 7 minutes back. Do this several times a day. Have a pair of walking shoes with you at all times and make mini-walks a habit.
• Move in place. Constantly check your posture, reach up with the back of your head, wiggle in your seat, move to some music.
• Keep moving. Garden, dance, walk, run, clean your house, play with your kids… feel the energy flow.

7. Do what you LOVE: Ever felt tired and lethargic, but then a good friend calls and you feel energized again? The energy is always there…always. We are a warehouse of energy. Doing what you love is the best way to tap into that vast source within.

• Feel gratitude: You can always find something to love about anything because it either feeds you or teaches you. Even if you’re not thrilled with some of the tasks in your life, find aspects that you can appreciate and focus on those: the warm water of washing dishes, the graceful movement of sweeping the floor – there’s always some goodness you can find.
• Acknowledge your successes: Nothing makes us happier than hearing that you’re doing well. Do us a favor and let us know when you’re just loving the running, walking and living tips. You’ll give us more energy to help you!!
• Give what you have: More than almost anything else mentioned here,
giving of yourself creates more energy than you can imagine. The more you give, the more you’ll find you have to give… and more will come back to you. It’s the upward spiral of Chi.

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Selma Snaider Apr 3rd, 2014 09:25am

Thank you Katherine! I love my work but it demands me a lot everyday, and now I understand it impacts my energy to run. I did once a Time Management training focused on how to better manage or unlock the use of energy, and so to allow plenty of time to do what you really want. Sometimes your “energies” are locked into things you just need to let it go, like a book you read when you go to bed, that you insist to read until the end, but you are not happy to read it anymore. I will add your tips to my energy stock effort habits! Hope it improves my energy to run!

It’s been an unusually long cold winter in VT this year and I need to get out of this funk.  So I’m starting today using your 7 steps to re-energize and get outside—working my way back to trail running which I love to do with our dogs.  Snow is melting, sun is shining and it is time.  Thank you, I needed to get hit with the positive attitude to get me back on track and your article did it.

I began my return to energy and health by attending Danny’s ChiRunning class in Phoenix, March 1. It filled me with fresh starts. Stayed in the desert for two more weeks of running, hiking and re-centering.
Thanks for all the Chi support toward full health!

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