For the last several weeks I’ve been focused on REM, not rem sleep but Reading, Exercise, and Meditation. Its made a big impact on not only my energy, but my memory, and quality of life. Find out what order works for you and start with 10 minutes minimum of each.
I find that in the morning when I’m having my Pure Greens and breakfast Reading fits perfect. I’m reading constantly throughout the day, mostly on topics of health, nutrition, exercise, and coaching, but my readings in the morning are reserved for more spiritual reading and investing into my faith.
Then I’m off to the gym or track for Exercise, usually 30 to 50 minutes total.
Now comes the most important part and also the most neglected by most. By now meditation is known to be important, it has shown to have major benefits in stress relief which can significantly influence weight loss or as I like to say “health gain”. As if that’s not enough, many athletes, celebrities and leaders in the fields of business and success turn to meditation as their source for centering.
Back to my REM, after Exercise it’s time for me to complete my REM for the day. When I’m done stretching (and I hope you are stretching), either right in the gym, a bench on the riverwalk, central park or my balcony, I make time for meditation. Usually I spend 10 to 20 minutes to work the biggest muscle of all, the muscle of the mind.
Some people like to meditate first thing in the morning and if that works for you then that’s excellent, personally even though my energy is high right when I wake up I have more energy after I workout which makes this time optimal. Recently at Duke Integrative Medicine I asked the brilliant mind of Dr. Jeff Brantley, meditation leader, when is the best time to meditate and he answered, “during the part of your day when you experience the highest level of energy”. That answer confused me at first because I was always under the impression that when I felt calm and peaceful I should meditate, well guess what? If I meditate at that time, I’m falling asleep.
YOUR REM: ask yourself, When is the best time for my REM? How long will I give myself to complete my REM?
Important Note – for the people that think “I just don’t have enough time”, stop being selfish. The 30 minutes daily it will take you to make REM a part of your healthy lifestyle will provide you the ability to be a better listener, better communicator and better human being.
Make the time to Find Your Center
with health & hydration, Adam