Why You DON’T Want to Conserve Energy

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Do you conserve energy? I’m not talking about shutting off the lights or using less heat. I’m talking about conserving your own energy by preventing your body from burning the calories you take in.

You see, if you’re an “energy conservationist,” you’re not utilizing one of the easiest ways to help you become lean and fit.

For example, think about a naturally thin and fit person who has some free time, versus someone less lean and fit who has a few free hours. You may very well see the thin person gardening, cleaning or doing an activity which requires movement while you may see the less lean and fit person watching TV, surfing the net or doing something more sedentary, rather than something more active. If you watch closely, you may very likely see more energy, quicker movements and more “pep in the step” of the leaner/fitter person vs. the less lean/fit. How does this show itself in weight and health?

The more you move your body, the more you teach your body that the calories you take in are to be used for fuel, not storage. Not only does this lead to a leaner body, but it also leads to greater energy and vitality.

Think of how you can “fidget” throughout the day or ways to move versus conserve energy. Can you take the stairs instead of the elevator? Look for a parking spot further from the store instead of closer? Can you pace while on the phone instead of sitting in your chair? Believe it or not, these small additions add up over time.

Remember, it’s great to conserve energy… just not your own.

How can you increase your daily movement and become LESS of an “energy conservationist?” I’d love to know, comment and share!

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