Balance Energy, Health and Performance

Live in Balance With Vibrant Health and Peace of Mind in these 5 Stages.

Here at Performance Lifestyle Inc, we have a progressive path for increasing your energy, improving your lifestyle and the results you both experience and achieve in your life.

What we refer to as “The PL Path” represents the five core stages a person goes through to live in balance and become that high performing or high achieving person (there is a difference) most people strive to be but so few experience, only now, in a way that works for you, not against you. It’s subtly but powerfully different than the usual person who approaches their personal and professional life unconsciously thinking they need to burnout and trade their health, for success (for at least a period of time) as if it were some kind of “badge of honor.”

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not promoting some utopian style of living. If anything it’s ultimately more the way elite athletes approach their life when you get down to the core practicalities of it all, but it goes way beyond what even they’re aware of as they focus mostly on nutrition, training, and sleep (at least the great ones do.).

To put this into terms for those of us who are not into sports or even fitness enthusiasts at present, it’s our mission to help you learn how to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even your most ambitious goals.

That mastery is what Performance Lifestyle is all about and it our primary aim to help all our fellow community members, our customers, and clients realize this ability in their lives. It may seem like a tall order now, but I assure you it’s possible even if it takes you 2-3 years or even more to establish the balance and support that’s at the heart of this outcome.

I think you would agree that it would be a noble effort have that ability; and if it’s possible, which it is, that all the learning, practice, reflection, and so on that goes into making that outcome a reality will create quite an unusual mindset and amazing skills set. That’s what we deliver in Performance Lifestyle training.

But to arrive at that level of competency, one does not go from overstressed and overwhelmed, overstimulated and under recuperated, overeating under nourishing or even nourishing food, being super busy and physically inactive, fatigued, and potentially overweight with possible health complications (all do some degree) to becoming a balanced and healthy high performing person overnight.

You must build a solid foundation first, one that’s deep, just like that of a tall building. The higher you go, the deeper foundation.

So how do you build a strong foundation that will enable you to go high and far in life without becoming distracted and held back by energy, health and performance issues?

What follows are the 5 Stages of lifestyle transformation so you can live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind. 

It starts with having a healthy, strong and resilient biology.

Stage 1: Mastering personal energy and biological aspects of stress and energy management.
This is Performance Living 101. 

It starts with learning the science of living with optimal energy levels which are essential to building a healthy, resilient biology. You learn about and how to live within the boundaries of your biology, or slightly over to grow and develop with an understanding of what that requires of you and your schedule.

The PL Path begins with learning how to restore your energy, get out of personal energy debt, and align with your lifestyle around circadian rhythms. It then gets into distressing stress itself and learning how to periodize not only for a more manageable life but for regeneration at the cellular level to make sure you’re body is primed for growth and development. You then learn about optimal lifestyle nutrition and fitness strategies that emphasize the primary aims of understanding how to fuel and activate your body in ways that work for you not against you and how to do so in service of keeping yourself focused on what’s most important in your life.

Performance Living 101” (Coming Soon), is comprised of The 6 Core Life Skills that every other aspect of your life and style for “living,” depend on. At this stage, we also recommend you also learn The Energy Blueprint, by Performance Lifestyle Advisor, Ari Whitten.

On this foundation, you can move on to the next two stages:

Stage 2: Improving your health and wellbeing

Trying to improve your health and wellbeing without having energy can be somewhat useful as improved health and wellbeing will increase your energy as you are dealing with less unnecessary stress from food to financial issues. This is where the PL Essentials kick in, but in most cases, you must first make fundamental lifestyle changes to increase your energy so that you can make the health and wellbeing improvements which take more time to manifest.

Immediate health and well-being effects occur when you first improve and eventually optimize those core performance aspects of living that increase energy and give you the power and momentum to deal with your present situation and circumstances from a position of strength.Hence the reason that health and wellbeing are stage two.

Once you’ve got the direct path to increase your energy levels, that momentum, put you on this next stage of the path where you take your first full pass at learning and The 12 Lifestyle Habits You Need To Know To Live Your Life Like A Pro. 

This is an acclimation stage where you begin greasing the groove and get grounded in experience by making macro changes in your life that you will later maintain in your performance lifestyle. The key thing to learn here is that you want a stable level of well-being at this stage of which living with optimal energy levels and health are a big component of.

This gives you the capacity to optimize your lifestyle for the performance and productivity levels you’ll need to sustgain to improve all areas of your life.

Stage 3: Optimizing your lifestyle for whole-life performance

Now the idea of living “performance lifestyle, ” begins to take its full shape. You’ve got the foundation of what maintains your energy and experience in what will sustain your health, and are not ready to take your skill levels to a whole new level.

Once you are proactive in stage one and two entirely, to the degree you can (note, you will routinely be taking these steps to strengthen and maintain your foundation, your health, and wellbeing) you are now ready to sustain any concerted efforts in your life and style for living it. It’s now when everything can come together and for the right reasons, and you now develop an approach to living, with a lifestyle you can call your own that’s on par or even better than an elite athlete, even if you’re still not into sports or a fitness enthusiast!

With competency in performance living, and knowing how to live balanced and healthy successfully, you’ll now learn how to take the right steps at the right time, at the right intensity level with the right consistency for you and build a lifestyle routine that can serve you all year round.

The above three stages can take some time, how long is unknown exactly. It all depends on your previous usual lifestyle and the consequences that are in play. But assuming you are not suffering from any major injuries or chronic disease states; you can be at this level within 24-36 months if you want to ascend through all 3 Levels of Performance Lifestyle Training and Transformation. 

Stage 4: Achieving an ambitious goal —  

This stage is most fun part of developing a performance lifestyle because now you’ll regularly see each aspect of your lifestyle in the proper context that you learned in stage three.Your why will be so strong, you won’t have to effort any aspect of your lifestyle because you’ll them all aspects of the way you live as essential to achieving your goals.

Now, you will become consciously and unconsciously competent in all aspects of lifestyle; you know what to do, why you’re doing it and how, so you do it. But now you’re doing so for the expressed purpose of achieving your goals. You’ve got the skills for extraordinary levels of performance for defined periods of time to reach these goals in your life, career, business or sport, with effectiveness. Performance becomes a way of life, not an addiction and you are therefore skilled to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even your most ambitious goals, and even better, you approach life this way so can reach your ambitious aims.

Performance becomes a way of life, not an addiction and you are therefore skilled to live in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind while achieving even your most ambitious goals across the key domains in your life, career or business, maybe even a sport with attention to family, finances and social life too. What’s even better, you approach life this way so can reach your ambitious aims no longer distracted and held back by hidden lifestyle challenges and the weight of the past.

Stage 5. Becoming a Certified Performance Lifestyle Coach— CPLC. 

At this stage, you learn how to pay it all forward and serve others as a Performance Lifestyle® Coach. You are near expert at managing your energy, maintaining health and you understand that well-being is not wellness and includes other domains of your life, like finance, social, community, and career, which you consistently progress at for improvement. All of which are the essential foundation for personal and professional performance.

You now see performance as a lifestyle, and you aim to share your insights with others as they progress through at least 4 of these stages.

There are a few prerequisites, namely that you have a trainer and or coaching certification from a recognized and accredited organization, and that you’ve been through all four preceding stages in the process of improving your own life and style for living it. Nothing is more important to boosting your confidence and effectiveness with other than being grounded in experience.

You’ll be trained PL365 for a full year because the lifestyle is 365, not 12 weeks. It’s, therefore, relevant that you learn how to live PL, 365 days a year. By the end of your training, (which really never ends as we’re all in perpetual training) you’ll know how to help your client understand their present situation and circumstances at expert levels because you’ll know longer be a one, two or three trick pony (nutrition, fitness, and sleep).

You’ll understand lifestyle comprehensively, know what to change when to change it, why and how and this is essential to helping people change, which will always be more important than information alone.

You’ll also discover that there are two returns on the investment of time, energy and money that it takes to optimize your lifestyle and they are:

  1. The increase you experience spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically and financially.
  2. The positive and lasting impact you have on others’ lives, knowing the territory with full competency in all aspects of lifestyle.

That is The PL Path. “The PL Way,” completes your pathway. It will take you through all the essential curriculum for accomplishing each, any or all of these objectives,

Human Energy, It's Time Learn how to optimize it

Human Energy and Lifestyle. It’s Time for You to Become Expert.

The next PL Podcast will be #9. In this podcast, I will be talking about Energy, “beyond the woo woo,” “beyond the motivation,” beyond simply saying “get more sleep”… It’s understanding energy as the key to the kingdom when it comes to living a performance lifestyle—the lifestyle that works for you.

Human Energy.

It’s not just food. It’s electrical. Your body runs on a cellular engine that uses both battery power (electric power) and food energy. 

In the West, we have a very mechanistic view of the world, usually for productivity purposes, with a reliance on psychology and willpower divorced from our primary source of human energy and ultimately who we really are. As a result, we suffer from at least a low-grade fatigue if not constant tiredness, fatigue, and burnout at epidemic levels.

It’s why Starbucks are on every corner and seen as staple features now for strip centers, office, and apartment buildings. For too many who are “running on Dunkin—” both stimulants and sugar to keep going this is wreaking havoc on their health and human energy, and it’s not only creating chronic biological stress, this stress is on underlying and causing us to react to external stress in ways that are creating even more pressure.

I’m not beating up the periodic cup of coffee here. I’m talking about reliance on stimulating behavior to keep going through the day, every day as you try to keep up with it all. It’s not about caffeine addiction; it’s about our individual and collective performance addiction that’s depleting our life force energy, costing many of us our health and wellbeing, and compromising our function and the very human performance we’re relying on to produce and provide and maintain our sense of aliveness.

The solution to this common scenario is not one thing, it’s multiple things (lifestyle skills and in some cases material objects you wear, consume and use) all stacked and working with each other so that you can thrive in our modern world.

It requires you to adopt some “systems” or “integral” thinking, letting go of both the past and the pervasive “shiny object syndrome—,” which is thinking that there is one answer.
Anything less than your entire lifestyle as the answer is not a complete answer.

Ingesting energy from the outside is an ultra short term solution (to say the least) to an overwhelming life situation that requires your real attention, and can only be resolved through lifestyle intervention and mastery, but we get it; it takes energy to deal with overwhelming circumstances.

That is why the emphasis in any transformation process from where you are to where you want to be, starts with understanding energy and learning how to live with optimal energy levels first and foremost. Everything else depends on it, especially in the “performance culture,” we are living in today where you need an edge; and coffee or any other excessive stimulating behavior, including exercise, won’t give you an edge for long.

To realize a performance edge in your life, where you have more power supply available to you than the demands you have acting upon you, you must learn how to increase energy genuinely, by working with your biology, not against it.

To have a supply of human energy that is actually unlimited and positively affects all of the lifestyle decisions you face every day so essential to your attitude, resilience, decision making, recovery, and more; you must know more than only eating less, better or healthier, exercise more, and get more sleep.

You must go beyond limited surface understanding and understand what’s becoming known as Performance Living 101, the science of living with optimal energy levels.

Nothing is responsible for giving rise to a new lifestyle more than learning how to live within around the boundaries of your biology, (not too far over your edge) and strengthening your biology for a noticeable edge by learning how to maximize your energy for health and performance.

We are going to help you do this in the coming weeks and months as we launch our Performance Edge program to driven, goal and success oriented people working in companies of all kinds. We will provide the opportunity, if you are not part of a group, a trainer or a coach, to take these individual courses on your own at your pace.

In the meantime. I am going to share again, The Energy Blueprint by Performance Lifestyle Advisor, Ari Whitten. This course is one of the best, if not the best compilations on the science of energy and overcoming fatigue, in existence.

I want to you sign up for the free video series right now, so you can begin your training. 

Anything you want to accomplish regarding your energy, health, and performance will be greatly enhanced by your understanding of the energy blueprint; that is to say, a better understanding of your biology, and what you need to know to live better.

Fatigue is a big issue in today’s world even if it’s not chronic for you. Learning how to live with more energy is essential learning, and is the foundation of Performance Lifestyle training.

It’s not enough to say eat healthier, exercise more and get more sleep, or rely on your trainer or coach alone for “tips and advice and motivation.” You’ve got to become an expert yourself by learning through essential courses and training, so you get grounded in experience, with the help of a trainer and or coach you rely on but don’t become dependent on in the process.

You’ve got to fully self-actualize.

Human Energy is not finite

The Body is Like a Battery but is Human Energy Finite?

Donald Trump has a number of unorthodox theories about politics, but his theory of why exercise is bad for you reveals probably the biggest myth when it comes to human energy. He believes that human energy is finite, so why waste it on exercise?

“Other than golf, Trump considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy,” writes Evan Osnos in a piece entitled “How Trump Could Get Fired” that appears in the May 8, edition of the New Yorker.

There has been considerable speculation about Trump’s physical and mental health, in part because few facts are known. During the campaign, his staff reported that he was six feet three inches tall and weighed two hundred and thirty-six pounds, which is considered overweight but not obese. His personal physician, Harold N. Bornstein, issued brief, celebratory statements—Trump’s lab-test results were “astonishingly excellent” (compared to what, would be a good debate)—mentioning little more than a daily dose of aspirin and a statin.

Trump himself says that he is “not a big sleeper” (“I like three hours, four hours”) and professes a fondness for steak and McDonald’s. Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy.

In this non-political post, we’re not going to address Mr. Trump’s nutrition or fitness philosophy as it’s just too limited or ridiculous to comment on; and it is worth mentioning that a person with an otherwise optimal lifestyle could live a long and healthy life, playing golf 3 times per week if you “walk” 18 holes. You’ll see it’s pretty good exercise, but there is so much more to fitness.

What we do need to delve into is the myth this article revealed about a person, like a battery, being born with a finite amount of energy. Mr. Trump is the President, so this message is getting a lot of airplay.

His nutrition, and fitness… like everyone else’s life, depend on understanding the truth about energy.

For starters, in Performance Lifestyle Essentials training we agree with the idea that your body IS, in fact, like a battery and we can understand why many people (possibly even most) hold onto the myth that energy is finite. After all, we die, just like batteries do. But that’s where things break down.

Your body as a battery doesn’t run out of energy the way an AAA battery does.  It’s constantly recharging. Nor does it operate the way a car battery does, which gets stronger when it’s in motion, even though it may feel that way in your own body. Get in motion and you feel strong, stay in motion and your body tires out.

In a car, the battery has an alternator that recharges the battery and the alternator is only operating when the car is on. It’s purely mechanical. And if a car battery sits, it eventually does go dead. It must be used to recharge.

The body is different. Whether in action or not, it is always either generating energy or regenerating energy in perfect synchronicity, in the inverse proportion to its levels of activity; it is this balance that maintains one’s aliveness at the most fundamental level. Stay driven all the time and your body-as-a-battery battery both burns and wears out. Stay inactive for too long and the machinery dies out.

“Use it or lose it” is based on that premise.

All you need to do is push your body to the limits of exhaustion and then go to sleep to understand that stimulating behavior balanced with recuperative behavior will, in fact, supply you with more energy; and this is required for life.

Push stimulating behavior too far, via super stimulation, as those who suffer from some degree of performance addiction often do, living outside their optimal energy range for far too long, and you’ll discover that this has the ability to do as much damage as addiction to any major drug.

Performance addiction is when one’s psychological stories to excel in comparison to others, drives them to perform seemingly non-stop. It’s sort of how Mr. Trump operates so I can understand why he may think energy is finite. He tends to see things as a zero sum game. 

If you were born with a fixed supply of energy (life force or power), then you would technically never tire out until the battery ran out; just like a regular (non-car AA battery does). This is probably where Trumps thinking has stopped. Because at the pace we spend energy today, if we really operated on a fixed energy supply, we’d surely burn our bodies-as-a-battery out quickly, and some do, only to then live addicted to stimulants (most of which are non-exercise, i.e. unhealthy food, drink, drugs, extreme work ethic and the like to keep going) which wear the body out by compromising the machinery.

So. anyone who is aware and awake can see that being born with a fixed amount of energy is not the case. People tire out after short bursts of energy output; how short depends on the intensity and the type of activity and myriad factors leading up to the activity itself.

And certainly, even the President can’t make it even 24 hours without running out of energy requiring at least 3-4 hours of sleep to keep going, which invalidates his hypothesis.

The question is, why?

Before we answer that questions, let’s give the “physiologist in-chief,” who probably knows more about physiology than most physiologists and scientists do about human energy, 😉 the benefit of the doubt.

If we’re born with a finite amount of human energy that means sleep would simply be time for the body to download more energy from the already-stored reserves you were born with that are only accessible in your daily allotment; almost as if you were wearing a companion battery pack. But if that were true, when your energy gets low, why wouldn’t the body just make more stored “battery power” available?

In other words, if you are born with a finite amount of energy, with your body-as-a-battery in the traditional sense (think AA or AAA battery) you are then born with a reserve of energy that you can periodically dip into (in Trump’s case only 3-4 hours per night) to download more energy for use during the day.

Does that sound right to you?

Why would a body with a fixed energy potential even run out of energy in the first place, when it has so much stored up and available? Do AA batteries take the time to rest? No. They just function until they die out.

Well, first, no one has ever located a stored (potentially 100-year reserve of energy) but if you did have that as a fixed amount of energy to start, and you spent it wildly fast, which most of us do, you would be at peak energy while you were alive and then tire fast and die out at some future point when the energy ran out just like an AAA battery. But that’s hardly the case.

Why then would people get so tired and fatigued in predictable cycles each day?

No doubt your body is a powerhouse (generating and regenerating energy constantly); but according to the “born with a finite amount of human energy” philosophy, which implies a pre-charged system is born that can go until it dies, why again would there even be a need for sleep? Why does Trump (or anyone else for that matter) sleep?

While sleep and human energy scientists like to state that we don’t really know the reason why we sleep despite myriad known and good reasons; according to an old text on this subject, “Regeneration Applied” by Keith Guthrie, sleep is somewhat of a recent development in the context of evolution and largely based on the way our culture operates with long periods of energy output requiring a significant period of recuperation and repair as at least one ultra-basic and plausible reason for why we sleep.

I have tested this theory during a few 24-hour medication marathons I did during a major period of awakening in my life. There was less need for sleep as the body was active but at such a low level over that period we didn’t need to sleep much in the traditional sense. Our body was regenerating and not spending much, so we didn’t need to sleep much at all.

In Trump’s view, sleep is positioned as a serious flaw in god’s or nature’s evolutionary human design if this breathing walking bundle of amazingness had a fixed amount of energy and then dies. But that’s exactly, though likely unknowingly, how Donald Trump views energy and why he doesn’t exercise beyond golf.

The probable reality is, he doesn’t have the stamina or endurance (performance) capacity for the bursts of energy required for focused exercise given all the other demands on his energy, especially in this 3QTR of his life.

He is a performance addict.

In other words, his view is flawed, because, the body sleeps (recuperates or regenerates) to avoid or recover from exhaustion, fatigue and the worst case scenario, burnout.

The point here is this:

The body is not pulling from a stored reserve, though there is a scientific understanding of adaptation to stress that refers to deeper reserves of energy (ref: Hanse Selye, “The Father of stress”). The body is constantly regenerating its life force all the time throughout life, and human function is proportional to how well you regenerate, recharge and restore.

The reason Trump and many others (of all political persuasions, as again this is not a political post), think that energy is finite, is because they don’t understand the power of regeneration and its impact on performance; what energy is, how energy is produced and can be increased, proactively, for sustained high-level health (mental health as well) and performance.

They may think they have a limited “stored” supply, but they don’t and fortunately so, as they would all be dead by now if that were true.

That so many people think sleep is optional and brag about it, intellectually divorced from the source, is not based on a conscious understanding of a limited or unlimited supply of energy for that matter, but rather the simple unknown fact that the body is constant recharging. Therefore, they and most people push it. It’s because energy is constantly regenerating and for a good portion of your life, it feels like you can cheat sleep to some degree, though not entirely.

Then you wake up to reality. The human energy system can’t recharge on the fly like the car. It must stop.

That’s why people who don’t understand human energy don’t live very healthy lives or have exceptional longevity, even if their doctor says they are “exceptionally healthy.” Donald Trump will not be the poster child for exceptional health (mental or physical) anytime soon and likely not longevity either.

And as far as energy is concerned, if we really lift the lid, I don’t think Trump is an example of exceptional energy either. One can appear to be doing a lot when they have the level of support he does and there is debate about his level of function and performance particularly now in this period of his life.

The simple observation is that human beings are not born with a fixed amount of energy as human beings tire out and then replenish and then tired out and replenish, tens of thousands of times throughout their lifetimes.

Life Force Energy, which is tied to ion exchange, ATP production and more, is always being restored via countless primary and backup energy pathways in the human body (which is an energy system) at the quantum and physical level and experienced and optimized in human ways as spirit, also via thoughts, language and emotions and of course, physical activity.

Which bring up the final point. Does exercise increase your energy?

Yes, in the sense that it’s the best-known stimulant, with the best ROIe (return on the investment of energy) we can think of. It also makes your body more efficient and with the power of energy, you get stronger as the body adapts.

But make no mistake: It takes energy to get stronger, so if you don’t understand human energy, and have enlightened and practical strategies for managing your energy, over exercising like overworking and over anything can, in fact, burn you out and wear you out. So, in this sense, exercise also depletes energy.

Does that mean don’t exercise? 

Not at all, all human activity depletes energy, and therefore we sleep, rest, recover, meditate, relax and rejuvenate; to recuperate the energy we just spent and ideally more. This is where the true definition of balance comes into play and if you want exceptional energy, then you need to restore more than you spend.

Energy expenditure, such as through exercise, must be balanced with recuperation at the very minimum, else you will downward spiral, tire out, and eventually, burnout, wear out and die out prematurely.

The impact of whether you believe energy if infinite or finite.  

Ironically, and one of the reasons I am authoring this response is that I used to hold onto the same perspective that energy was finite. It used to give me anxiety thinking that I only had a certain amount of energy to work with, especially when I was overspent.

I was amazed and it changed my life for the better forever when I lifted the lid on this question and got the reality. Its impact on my life was huge and it surely gave rise to a new lifestyle for me. It was also one of the key reasons I became a Performance Lifestyle Coach and Entrepreneur.

Just imagine knowing that you have “access to” an unlimited amount of energy. 

It will change your thought process, how you live, work and exercise (potentially IF you exercise) because it opens you up to understand that energy is the foundation of all human function, health, and performance and more so than anything else.

It will also change how you value sleep… because energy needs to be regenerated, regularly and systematically in healthy ways to function; and if you learn to do so proactively, you will experience that healthy, high performance we hear so much about but for many is elusive.