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Want More Energy?

We have all heard the phrase ‘it takes money to make money’.  If you consider that everything is a form of energy, then this statement is really just one instance of a larger principle … ‘it takes energy to make energy’.

In reality, you can’t ‘make’ energy.  Laws of the universe state that energy is neither created or destroyed, it is only converted from one form to another.  So the above statement might be more accurately stated as ‘it takes energy to receive or release the flow of energy’.

In my work as a fitness and wellness coach, I am primarily in the energy business.  I empower people with simple principles that promote a higher level of energy (flow) in their lives.  Most people will readily welcome more energy.  I have yet to meet anyone who would turn it away if it was handed to them.

So, how can we increase the return on our energy investment?  When companies want to increase their energy (ie. product quality), they either improve the quality of their inputs and/or improve their process.  We are no different; if we want to increase our energy level (ie. life quality), we need to improve the quality of our inputs (air, water, food, environment, thoughts, …) and/or improve our process (physiology, methodology, lifestyle …).

But we are a little more dynamically connected between input and process.  The body acts instantaneously to function within its current environment.  Improve the inputs, and the process can also improve resulting in higher levels of efficiency, energy and overall health.

Energy efficiency means investing X and getting out Y.  If we could put in higher quality X and get out more Y, we probably would.  But do we?  To roughly quote Jim Rohn, making better input choices is ‘easy to do, the trouble is that it is also easy not to do‘.  We make choices all day long; and the quality of our life is directly related to the quality of our choices.  Every choice directs us either Upward or Downward on the Spiral of Chi [described in the ChiWalking Book Introduction; you can read the Introduction here free].

One possible approach to making quality choices might be to consider ‘getting back to nature’.  Meaning, how can we make it easy for our body to be more efficient and access more energy?  In the same way a vehicle is designed to operate with a certain fuel and in a certain environment, so are we.   When we make choices that are not consistent with our design ‘nature’, we simply become less efficient with less energy and are more prone to dis-ease or injury.

Some specific ideas on how to ‘get back to nature’ in our fitness programs, our nutrition, and our environment are coming up in future posts.  For now, let’s consider this general concept for the benefit of our ‘vehicle’.  And remember, we … only … get … one.


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David Stretanski is a holistic health, fitness and wellness coach and Certified ChiRunning®/ChiWalking® Instructor. For more information on David, please see his About Me, Contact page or his website at

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Posted on Saturday, Jan. 24th 2009 6:47 PM | by echifitness | in All, Fitness, Wellness | No Comments »

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