Most of us crawl out of bed in the morning, just expecting our body to move and think and perform the way we want it to. When it doesn’t, we drink more caffeine, listen to motivating messages, adopt strategies and tools to stay better focused and organized, and use coaches to push us to work harder.
And, if that doesn’t work, we beat ourselves up – and just try harder the next time. Or we give up, thinking that we are just truly incapable of whatever it is that we desire. And, that’s too bad because the medical literature demonstrates that peak performance is attainable to everyone.
Where Does Energy Come From?
In my presentations as a health and wellness speaker, I unravel the mysteries of human energy and peak performance to audiences at companies, conventions, and associations. This information comes from decades of study of the medical literature and working with clients. Other related topics of mine include Managing Fatigue in the Workplace and Business Travel Health. I’m also a consultant at Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute where we help C-suite executives experience more energy at work – and greater happiness at home. Much of the information below is detailed in my book, Reboot – how to power up your energy, focus, and productivity.
When I’m speaking to audiences, I’ll answer questions like these:
- Where we get the energy we need to move, think, and perform at our very best?
- Why do some people have energy and others don’t?
- How can I get the energy I want to do at work, home, and in my personal life?
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Small Changes = Big Difference in Peak Performance
The medical literature (and real life people) show that peak performance is attainable with just small changes in the way that we eat, think, move, and sleep. Consider these facts:
- SLEEP: When you go more than just 17 hours without sleep, our performance is similar to someone with a blood alcohol level of 0.05%. Review the research
- EAT: Athletes know what they eat can affect their performance. Read the American College of Sports Medicine Position Paper. What we eat and drink can help you attain peak performance, too.
- MOVE: Small bouts of movement throughout the day can boost energy levels, improve mood, and decrease food cravings – read more. This study demonstrated that standing improved productivity by 46%.
- THINK: Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you probably right.” It’s amazing how our thoughts can determine our destiny. Thoughts can also affect our happiness and energy levels.
Eating for Peak Performance
Human energy comes from ATP…which comes from the food we eat. Sure, all calories will fuel your body (did you know that “calories” refers to a measurement of energy?). But, when you overeat (such as on holidays and weekends), do you feel “energized”? No. In fact, my guess that you feel even more sluggish than ever.
To feel more energy so we can achieve peak performance at work (or in anything we do), it’s not simply about eating more calories, but eating the right ones and the right time. And, the good news is that it’s not that complicated.
In my presentations you’ll discover the answers to questions like these:
- How much caffeine is needed to increase focus and attention?
- Does afternoon caffeine affect performance? Sleep?
- Do I really need to eat breakfast? What if I’m just not hungry?
- What should I eat at lunch to prevent the mid-afternoon slump?
- If the human body is 60% water, how does dehydration influence our energy and mood?
- and so much more
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Moving for Peak Performance
We’ve known for generations that movement (or exercise) can increase longevity, reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes, and control weight. But, now medical research has shown that even small movements during the day can improve our daily performance, mood, and energy levels. Let me share some practical ideas of what people do throughout the day.
Sleep and Rest for Peak Performance
We hear a lot about the importance of getting more sleep. But, did you know that the secret to getting a refreshing night’s sleep is more about getting quality sleep. And, if you feel like taking an afternoon nap, go for it!
Stress and Peak Performance
First of all, realize that stress isn’t all bad. A bit of stress can keep you focused and attentive. But, too much stress can increase your risk for high blood pressure and high blood glucose, weight gain, and other ailments like backaches, headaches, and gastrointestinal issues. In Dr. Jo’s Lift-Off program, you’ll learn how your thoughts and worries can exhaust you – and what to do about it.