There are 3 proactive recovery hacks every busy person needs to know and act on asap. What is a hack? It’s a small, incremental lifestyle change to improve your energy, health, performance, and wellbeing.
We are now accustomed to being “on” and available for most of our “24 hours,” seven days a week, in our technology-driven world. We now have access to more information and opportunity and the ability to achieve our goals faster than ever before in human history.
That dynamic has created a performance-addicted culture, where people are driven not only by technology but also by thinking that keeps them going virtually nonstop until they can’t.
Performance addiction is the only addiction you will ever be rewarded for until you can’t keep up that level of human performance anymore. Before you know it, you’re tiring out, burning out, and coping with stress in ways that create more stress, not more energy, and it wears you out.
This relentless drive for success destroys your health, and traditional healthy living alone will not solve that problem. With so many demands on your time and energy, the conventional approach to healthy living falls short.
Healthy eating and exercise alone will not address your thinking, overwhelm, or the constant tiredness and fatigue preventing you from reaching your goals with your health and wellbeing intact. Especially in the second half of your work/life when it matters most. These conditions require a lifestyle strategy for first and foremost managing your energy, including but certainly not limited to how you eat and exercise.
And that starts with proactively recovering energy because not enough sleep alone for too many of us begins the onset of lifestyle diseases, which account for 85-95% of all illnesses.
So in 2021 and beyond, particularly now that we are slowly coming out of the pandemic, we need a new lifestyle approach, one that is more comprehensive and keeps us free from developing lifestyle-induced diseases. These are also the preexisting conditions, so many people faced unsuccessfully with Covid 19.
We must get our needs met amidst the flurry of ongoing activity we all have to adapt to today, which requires us to step up, make changes, improve, and ultimately optimize the way we live.
To navigate today’s performance-addicted culture, we need a “performance lifestyle,” a whole new proactive lifestyle mindset and skills set that traditional healthy living does not teach, so we can achieve even our most ambitious goals while living in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind.
That’s a highly coveted set of skills in a world that can leave you overstimulated and under-recuperated, overfed but undernourished, super busy, but physically inactive, and makes fatigue, weight, mental and physical health degradation a foregone conclusion. Developing a performance lifestyle that works for you, not against you, is essential and the key to your longevity.
At REGENUS CENTER, we maintain that philosophy and want to help you change how you think about energy, which is equal to, if not even more crucial than, nutrition and exercise—and ultimately help you optimize your lifestyle.
If we need one thing, it’s more energy to succeed and sustain a long life in today’s world. We are committed to helping people manage their energy and empowering them to engage in healthy performance practices to live their best lives. Again, that starts by sharing proactive recovery methods that will help you stay grounded and powered-up in this crazy, hectic, yet beautiful life.
Here are three recovery hacks to get you started right now.
PROACTIVE RECOVERY HACK 1
Make up for the 1.5 hours of sleep you are missing each night.
The national sleep average is 6.5 to 7 hours (actual time in bed) per night, which means less exact sleep time. Given how much energy we spend during the day, that’s not enough; it’s a virtual guarantee that you will suffer from stress, pain, and fatigue.
To address that, it’s clear you have to increase your total time in bed and take action to improve the quality, quantity, and consistency of that sleep.
The Hack: Prepare for sleep. Start by winding down your workday earlier, even if that means you are still working but exerting less energy. Yes, you have to prepare for bed; you can’t work too hard, let alone late and expect to go to bed without eating even further into your sleep time, as you try to wind down. Let’s say you want to go to bed at 9:00 o’clock, you need to prepare for bed, even if you are still engaged, starting at 5:00 pm. Technically, how you do your whole day, determines how you are going to sleep.
PROACTIVE RECOVERY HACK 2
If you can’t increase the length of your time in bed due to the present-day demands of your work and family time (which you can/will eventually change), then you’ve got to utilize proactive recovery during your wakeful hours.
To make up for not just the lost hours of sleep but all the regeneration (production) of energy and physical healing that did not occur during those lost hours of sleep; you use proactive recovery (like whole body red light therapy…) to charge your body battery. This modality will accelerate your healing from yesterday’s stress. It will also unlock your body’s resilience. If you don’t, the result will be fatigue, pain, and breakdown of your body/brain.
For many of us, as busy working parents with demanding careers and businesses, among workouts, potentially sports, or creative pursuits, we not only need to be getting optimal sleep but still need to build proactive recovery into our wakeful hours.
The Hack: During the day, take a walk outside and face the sun, with your eyes closed, and let the infrared heat recharge your body. Do so for approximately 20 minutes. Longer and you’ll go into a sleep cycle and that can leave you groggy. If you have the time and want to take a nap, try to complete an entire sleep cycle of 90 minutes.
You can also identify a local recovery facility that has access to whole-body red light therapy or photobiomodulation or PBMT, which will help you get that 90 minutes sleep cycle complete in 20 minutes!
A facility like www.regenuscenter.com
PROACTIVE RECOVERY HACK 3
No one can go all out in their drive for success and survive it, for long that is, without managing their energy, health, and performance through lifestyle.
To tolerate tiredness, and think that your body is simply breaking down due to “age” means not paying attention to all the opportunities you have at your disposal. It’s not just your age; your body is breaking down due to excess stress and coping with that stress in ways that create more stress, not more energy, health, etc.
Age is a factor, but consider the above; if you are losing 1.5 hours or more of energy production and body healing each day, over time, the older you get, the quicker and longer you will suffer from stress, pain, and fatigue.
The Hack: Today, write in your journal and make a declaration that you are no longer willing to be tired all the time, or operating at less than optimal during the peak hours of your day.
In that declaration set the intention that you will learn how to manage your energy and develop a healthy “performance lifestyle,” which is far more proactive than traditional healthy living alone ever was. Soon, you’ll be living “healthy” without even thinking about it because all the essential lifestyle practices are built into how you achieve your goals!
Take the three steps in this article, and you will be well on your way to living your life like a pro!
As “client zero,” John Allen Mollenhauer, known as John Allen or by his initials “JAM,” was desperate to figure out how to achieve his ambitious goals without burning out and trading his health for success despite being proficient in nutrition and fitness.
As a result, over 20 years, he learned how to manage his energy like a pro, produced the never-before-assembled formula for living a balanced and healthy high-performance lifestyle, and became a pioneering Performance Lifestyle® Coach.
Today, he is the founder of LifestyleCoach.com, where subscribers discover The 3 Reasons Your Drive for Success is Destroying Your Health — Why “Traditional Healthy Living” Alone Will NOT Help You Reach Your Goals in the Second Half of Life — and WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.