Physical energy and its link to building resilience
Resilience is an interesting concept; it’s important to maintain strong mental and physical health so you can bounce back from adversity; but it’s also about building your capacity to adapt to change.
17 June 2020 | 3 min read
Resilience isn't a personality trait – it's something that we can all take steps to achieve. In line with the idea of the Corporate Athlete model, resilience is linked to your physical energy. Effective energy management is about finding the balance of rhythmic movement - between energy expenditure (stress) and energy renewal (recovery).
Our challenge is that we are very adept at expending energy and not so great at the recovery part. So, in this article we focus on some easy ways to help you maintain your day to day energy levels.
Being physically active is vital for both good health and building resilience. Ideally, we should look to complete either 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week. And even now there is plenty of exercise you can do without a gym or leisure centre to go to. Walking, cycling, housework or gardening are all great forms of moderate activity; while stair climbing, kettle bell exercises and heavy gardening (digging and planting) are all classed as vigorous forms of activity.
And while there is often a misconception that there isn’t much point in exercising if it’s just for a short amount of time, in reality, if that’s all you have then it’s about selecting the most efficient form of exercise. It’s a good idea to complete compound or multi-joint exercises, (these are exercises that targets numerous parts of the body at once - an upper body row, press, deadlifts, lunges and swings are all great examples), instead of smaller isolation (single joint exercises). Compound exercises are designed to increase in strength, fitness and metabolise more energy during the session.
It doesn’t matter what time of day you decide to get physical or how long you have to do it, what matters is taking the time at some point during your day to be active – it’s a fantastic way to maintain strong mental focus and boost your energy levels.