Have you ever woke in the morning with barely any energy, even though you got plenty of sleep? Have you ever just jumped out of bed feeling refreshed and energized even though you only got five hours of sleep? I have experienced both scenarios and many others in between.
I know I am getting older and my metabolism is getting slower. I am just 43, so it isn’t like I am elderly or anything. However, I don’t seem to have endless reserves of energy like I once did. So, to try to maximize the energy I do have, I am going to create a life health journal for myself. I will not be recording the events of each day though. Instead, I will be tracking the following ‘aspects’ of my life each day for thirty days:
- Sleep: I will record when I went to bed and when I woke up. I will also keep track of how I felt when I woke up and how often I got up in the night.
- Food: I do not plan to count calories, but I do want to see how food impacts my mood and energy level. Therefore I will record generally what I ate and when, and how I felt after.
- Water: I cannot promise I will drink 64 ounces a day, but I do want to see if staying hydrated affects my hunger and energy levels. I have read that sometimes your body mistakes thirst for hunger, and I want to see if that is true for me. So, water intake will also be recorded.
- Exercise: I will record what exercise I did and what time of day I exercised at. I want to see if the time of day I exercise affects how I feel. (I do know I usually feel great after exercise, but I want to see if I crash later.) I also tend to get sore knees after exercising and I want to see if I can find a pattern so I can prevent getting the pain in the future. I also need to see how exercise affects my sleep patterns. Exercising late in the evening will usually keep me awake, but I want to see if I can find out how late is too late.
- Social Life. I want to track my interactions with others to see if maybe socializing plays a role in my overall outlook. I am not saying I will be recording conversations, but I want to see how I feel after an evening out with friends.
I am excited to see how my health journal turns out and see if I find new health habits I can employ that will give me more energy and make my bones ache less. I will share my results after a month and let everyone know what I found out, if anything.
Have you ever gone through a similar exercise? If so, what did you learn? Would anybody care to join me?