#002: 10 Practical Ways to Boost Your Energy Level [Podcast]

In this podcast episode I talk some practical ways to boost your energy level. I discuss my own experience in learning to manage my energy level and why it is so important to you.

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Episode Outline

I discuss ten practical ways to boost your energy level:

  1. Get plenty of rest.
  2. Exercise daily.
  3. Drink lots of water.
  4. Eat high energy foods.
  5. Take a good multi-vitamin.
  6. Feed your brain.
  7. Maintain a positive attitude.
  8. Watch your mouth.
  9. Avoid energy depleting people.
  10. Connect with God.

Listener Questions

I also answer three questions from my listeners.

  • “How do you find your peak work hours?”
  • “Why do people who don’t seem to take care of themselves have more energy than I do?”
  • “How do you disengage from work and have energy left over for your family?”

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  • http://twitter.com/eccle0412 Jackie Anderson

    Listened during a 48 minute 5 mile run on dreadmil.  Agree and practicing all. Simply living.  I feel like we live in cycles. Training and race day, Lent and Easter, Winter and Spring.  Consistency and flexibility are key in my heart, mind and body.  As a recently unemployed mom I let go of the boulder and feel so liberated and blessed to enjoy my family.  The cycle of “what is next” as I “Circle Make” is exhilarating and challenging. So I beefed up training and with great fear am going to run a marathon. Work while wait. 
    All reved up 80 degrees in Nor Cal. Not much to do but give thanks. And read your ebook.

  • maryhenderson.org

    Eat a good salad for lunch instead of something with lots of carbs. When I do this, I don’t get that mid-afternoon sluggishness.

  • http://www.tklaw.com/ Laura McClellan

    I’m sure you’ve already heard this a million times (I haven’t yet had a chance to read through the 141 — as of this moment — comments that precede mine), but I just came in from listening to this podcast during my morning run and had to immediately write to say this is probably the most useful 30 minutes I’ve spent in . . . I don’t know how long. Honestly, it was stuff I already knew, but some of it I needed to be reminded of again. You presented it in such an intelligent and articulate way. What a fabulous resource, Michael. Well organized and well said. I really appreciate your taking the time to put this together. I have a three-hour drive ahead of me today and I plan to listen to it a couple more times to get it drummed into my head. I also intend to tell all my Facebook friends and Twitter followers to listen to it.

    Thank you. Really, really good!


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Laura. I am so glad it was helpful. You made my day!

  • http://irenephilips.com/ Irene Philips

    Thanks Michael for this new podcast series – so much valuable information that you share so freely.  I have been working on my energy ever since I read about it in “How Remarkable Women Lead.”  Now I do creative work on my train ride to work and read leisurely on my ride home.  I use exercise and music to pump me up when my energy is low. Love managing my energy vs. allowing it to manage me!

  • Tony Cook

    Hello Michael, 
    Thanks for the podcast. Since Apple broke the Music/Audio app with IOS 5, I have been doing all my podcast listening on Stitcher Smart Radio.(Properly handles subscribing. Gives me back the 30second rewind. Very handy etc)
    Any chance you could make your podcast available there too?


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I will check it out. Thanks for the tip.

  • Tinaleeluvsmusic

    I am actually already working on each of the 10 things you’ve mentioned, by the leading of the Holy Spirit. This podcast has motivated me & encouraged me to keep going deeper into the life Jesus is helping me create for myself. Thanks! May Jesus bless you & yours as you continue to seek Him & the life He wants you to create through Him!(:

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  • http://mikeskiff.com Mike Skiff

    Good stuff Mike. Although I don’t necessarily agree completely with the nutritional recommendations, I think you are right on with the other nine that you listed. I found that simply making a mental acknowledgment of where you are in relation to where you want to be is a critical step in changing your reality. In terms of nutrition, I believe the science behind a Paleolithic approach is certainly more sound than the standard American diet (SAD). I enjoyed listening and look forward to the next episode!

  • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

    I wanted to leave a comment about episode #3, however, the link directs me back to #2.  I will come back once the comment section is linked to the newest episode.  Thanks for another great podcast.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Sorry about that, Michael. It is fixed now. Thanks.

      • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

         Still getting re-directed to episode #2 conversation.  I must be missing the correct link to episode #3 comments.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          If you are clicking the link in an email, that won’t change. I changed the link in the post itself but that won’t affect the emails that already went out. If you are still getting it on the post on my blog, you may need to clear the local cache on your browser. Thanks.

  • Jim Danielson


    Really enjoyed the post today and I am an avid reader (every day) and fan of your blog.  I have been involved for the past several months in a pretty intense bible study that has challenged me during my daily devotional time.  My question is,  How do you apply your reading time, prayer time, etc… into your everyday life and actually gain some traction from it.  I seem to get some great insights from my time in the morning, only to be a bit confused as to what to do with it, how to apply it and mostly how to keep it in front of me.  Would love to hear (or read) of your plan or thoughts on this.

    Jim D

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, I don’t put that much pressure on my self. I simply enjoy the relationship with God and bask in His presence. If I have something to apply or change, I am receptive to that. But I don’t force it. Hope that helps.

  • Bmwbear129

    As I am preparing to publish my first book, I feel as though I am refocusing on my vision.  I have wanted to be a published writer since I wrote my first poem in kindergarten.  I sort of lost my focus when I advanced at my job, got married and had kids.  Now that my children are grown and my job is manageable without me focusing on it 110% of the time, I have been able to get back to what I love: WRITING!

  • Bmwbear129

    First of all better eating, secondly, watching what I say about how I feel!  Great words of advice here:)

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Watching what I say about what I feel is one of my primary focuses right now, as well.

  • http://www.4pointscoaching.com/category/podcast/real-good-health/ Pei Kang

    So true! We are integrated beings. I especially love the fact you promote drinking more water. It is a big industry these days to produce and promote “energy drinks”. These beverages give a “instant boost”, but they are filled with processed, unnatural ingredients. Besides, they leave us drained later on. Thank you for sharing this.

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  • http://www.RichContent.com Mark Alan Effinger

    Exceptional insights, Michael.
    I’d love to know more about your journey (via podcast). 
    Your insight on languaging is impeccable. Such a huge change happens with a single word or phrase. Ever since I first discovered this approach, I have , by default, lead with the phrase “what’s exciting?” in greeting people. It sounds corny – but it forces thought, maybe a nanosecond of introspection. And I find it’s kinda’ hard to respond negatively.

    Diet, exercise, nutrition, sleep: uber critical. I had a close friend take her own life because of a lack of clarity (and the resulting lack of purpose) from the simple addition of painkillers to her otherwise healthy diet and lifestyle. A huge wakeup call to me and my family. It even became the catalyst for my own development into custom nutrition for optimizing the body and brain (www.WebNutrients.com). I’m almost complete with a Sleeping Powder that increases REM sleep by 70%. In real-life terms, that’s almost a full night of additional deep, body-healing sleep than normal.

    Finally: Weights (which I don’t remember you mentioning) are incredibly valuable for accelerating health. Improving bone density as we age. And quickly improving physiology. And as a runner, I’m with you on barefooting it. I tried the Vibram, but over time, ended up with the Saucony Hattori. It looks and feels more like a traditional shoe, but with all the benefits of a no-rise barefoot shoe. And I feel like my toes are a bit safer. Just in case.

    Thanks for the great listen. Tony Schwartz would be proud.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Mark. Great insights. I am going to check out your Sleeping Powder.

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  • G Stuart-Vail

    I didn’t really buy the idea that “the issue is not a lack of time but a lack of energy”…

    But a few short days after listening to your podcast I found myself admitting that, although I pride myself in having a positive attitude, I actually worry quite a bit, think like a victim, and at times find myself verbalizing the negative.

    By verbalizing the negative I mean I’ll end an internal grumbling dialog about the messes others leave around me with a confirming vocal statement that “everything is a mess”, or “it’s all their fault.” Perhaps this not only expresses my feelings (to the walls or the air around me) but also reaffirms my negative view. Affirmations in reverse. With what we know about the power of words I think it should be taught in grade school to “Turn it over”. Hmm, maybe I’ll just teach it at home instead.

    Anyway, maybe I’ll come to agree that mine is an issue of lack of energy rather than lack of time. Only one way to find out. Well, ten ways – as it reads.

    OK – but how to keep this plan at the forefront, and make it a plan?
    My “see it everyday bulletin board” is already blindingly full!
    I mean, WWDAD? What would David Allen do?

  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    Thank you Michael.  This is causing me to look at my current energy level and where I can increase.

    K, bye

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  • http://blog.gfader.com/ Peter Gfader

    >>Take a good multi-vitamin.
    I am a little bit skeptic about that suggestion.
    Did you ever try to *not* take any vitamins and see the difference??

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  • Gabe Ripley

    Spirituality goes so far beyond the bible that the pitch for the bible and Christianity takes away from Michael’s credibility.

    I understand that a large part of the “leadership industry” is catering to and comes from religious leaders, but those talking points alienate the non-christian community. 

    I’ll listen to some more, but wonder if anyone know of any secular/religiously objective leadership/business podcasts?

  • Johannes_Wingerlang

    Wow started SO good, and then I got to the last one. Such bullshit. 

  • alice yi

    Michael, it’s amazing how the things you pointed out are things I’ve been meaning to do, but pushing off.  I am motivated to get started!

    Have you read “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon? It’s a great book that talks about how you can take charge of your life. He has 10 rules, one of which is “NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED.” Made me think of it when you mentioned your energy vampires.

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  • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

    Very practical and doable insights to boost your energy! All are keys to “living it forward” in the most important roles of our lives. Thank you, Michael!

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