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High-energy living : switch on the sources to: increase your fat-burning power, boost your immunity and live longer, stimulate your memory and creativity, unleash hidden passions and courage
Cooper, Robert K.
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Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale , 2000.
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viii, 503 pages ; 24 cm
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The author of the blockbuster Low-Fat Living, with 1.9 million copies in print, reveals the secret to feeling 100 percent alive every day.

Author Notes

Robert K. Cooper, Ph.D., is the top-rated speaker in the Wyncom "Lessons in Leadership" program that features such leading business authors as Tom Peters, Ken Blanchard, & Stephen Covey, & reaches thousands of professionals & executives in cities across the country. D. Cooper has spent more than twenty years researching leadership, innovation, & the elements of individual & organizational success. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Cooper, author of Low-Fat Living (1996), has identified four forms of human energy--calm, active, sensory, and heartfelt--and he teaches readers how to activate them with energy "switches." Awareness of these subtle cues, such as breathing patterns, facial expression, muscle tension, posture, and moment-to-moment attitudes, can make profound differences in the way our entire system responds. It begins with the way most people awaken, which, according to Cooper, is far too brutal; he recommends nixing the alarm clock in favor of soothing music, followed by easing into the morning with a healthy meal and a few minutes of bright daylight. All his suggestions are similarly striking in their simplicity. Hydration, high-energy eating, activities away from computer and television screens, and handling stress with ease, humor, and well-timed breaks are all part of his energy routine. So turn off the TV, move around a little, drink a glass of water, have a good laugh, and enjoy the boost. --David Siegfried

Publisher's Weekly Review

The promises made by the subtitle of this volume reveal a key element of Cooper's (Low-Fat Living) success as a writer and motivational speaker for the Lessons in Leadership lecture series: authority. Most of the suggestions offered are grounded in common-sense approaches to a healthy life, and Cooper's charismatic attitude is sure to be welcomed by those seeking relief from fatigue and lack of purpose. Cooper's program for accessing innate sources of energy begins by recognizing four sources of human energy: calm, active, sensory and heartfelt. According to Cooper, most people are running on the antithesis of these energy sources: tense, reserved, routine and surface energy. He explains in detail 21 "switches" to combat habits that reinforce the negative energy sources and turn on the positive ones. While exercise, relaxation techniques and a change in diet can be hard to implement, regardless of how "simple" they are made to seem, ideas drawn from neoteny, a field of research focusing on "growing young," introduce a playful sense of experimentation that is appealing. Frazzled career-aholics and those juggling the roles of breadwinner and parent may wonder if the answer to fatigue is as easy as laughing, yet Cooper forcefully makes a case for trying. Those who do may be surprised at how subtle shifts in perception and five-minute breaks can inject needed energy into their lives. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



Chapter One Prime Yourself for Unparalleled Energy Do you know what it's like to feel fully alive?     Few people do.     What if you could experience your best day every day? What if you could consistently Feel as alert, vibrant, confident, focused, enthusiastic, and in touch with yourself as you do when you're at the peak of your energy?     When I challenge people with those questions, their first reply, invariably, is "Yes, I'd love it! Just show me how."     But I sense that they don't really believe that it's possible.     And I understand. The truth is, most of us don't believe that we can feel fully alive. Right now, you may be wondering, "Why do I feel tense or tired so often? Why am I so often `not there' for my spouse, my friends, or my children? What about those days that I just get through, as if I were treading water or climbing uphill?"     These are hardly unusual thoughts, especially in these times. And there are more questions like them--in fact, they're the very questions that are at the core of this book. • Those mornings when I have to drag myself out of bed ... why? What's making me feel so sluggish and slow? • When I lose my temper at drivers on the road, friends, family, people at work, what's really going on? Why do I get so impatient? • What about those times when I can't remember things when my mind seems to drift, when I'm just overwhelmed with everything I have to do?     Sound familiar? Warring with Tiredness Often, our sense of tiredness and frustration is deep. It affects our outlook, our health, our work, and our most important relationships. It gets to the point where we aren't eating well or sleeping well.     We don't have the energy to get even the minimal amount of exercise--20 to 30 minutes a day--that would help us live more vigorously and many years longer. (Yes, science has proved the benefits of exercise; but knowing this and doing something about it are two different things.)     Or what about the health problems that seem to sabotage our energy just when we need it most? We can't quite put our fingers on it, but we know that we have aches, pains, and discomforts that seem to get worse, not better. And we know the tension, too--the kind of tension that invades our backs, shoulders, jaws, or necks. Sometimes, that tension is so all-encompassing that it seems to travel all through our bodies, blunt our senses, and dim our minds.     Headaches that won't go away. Stomach upsets that doctors have told us are often stress-related. In fact, we've heard and read volumes about all the damage that stress-related problems can cause. But what's the good of knowing about stress if we don't have the energy to do anything about it? The Cost of a Shrinking World Not surprisingly, feelings of fatigue, frustration, and lack of good health have become universal in scope. Yes, our world is getting smaller, and the problems of hectic, fast-paced techno-living are being shared nationwide and worldwide. In the hundreds of seminars that I've held with thousands of men and women in the United States and around the world, I've discovered that many of us are engaged in a common search, one that's as compelling as the search for the Holy Grail.     What are we searching for? I believe that it can be summed up in a single word: energy .     How do we find it? Why do we lose it? When we don't have it, where does it go?     And why is energy so fickle? Sometimes, we get a burst of energy when we feel really low and in need. But there are other times--far too many--when it seems to desert us entirely.     Like anything that behaves in seemingly mysterious ways, the quality called human energy is something that many people regard as almost magical. "I just pray for more energy," people have told me. "I'm so tired all the time. I wish this feeling would go away." I call this if only ... thinking because it's as if wishing it were so would make it so.     There are those who confide in me, "I've tried everything. No matter what I do, I just don't feel like I'm 100 percent." As a 21st-century human being with all of the cares and concerns that you face every day, it's very typical for you to have these feelings.     But there's one thing that I don't believe about this force called human energy: I don't think that it actually does come and go in completely mysterious ways. On the contrary, my research has led me to the conclusion that human energy--yours and mine--is in many ways just as controllable as the energy that comes from an ignited spark or a burning flame.     There is extensive evidence that how energetic we feel is a major determinant of how happy, healthy, productive, and creative we are. It is surprising that, until now, so little attention has been paid to our energy levels and what drains them. In Search of the Secret of Being 100 Percent Alive "Compared with what we ought to be, most of us are only half-awake," said William James, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University's noted philosopher and psychologist, at the beginning of the 20th century. "We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources. Our energy is far below the maximum."     Life, added Dr. James, is a "mass of small choices." Whether changed or ignored, he said, "these small choices bear us irresistibly toward our destiny."     How can we use more of what Dr. James calls our mental, emotional, and physical resources? How do we find our maximum energy?     As I started searching for those answers, I found that there were other questions that needed replies. I began asking, "Where does our energy come from?" and "How can we control it?" Almost immediately, I started to examine simple, day-to-day habits and routines.     Fortunately, I did not have to perform thousands of experiments to understand the impact of these routines. The experiments have already been done, and the body of scientific evidence has become extensive. Pursuing my search, then, has been a matter of sifting through all of the reports and listening very carefully to the testimony offered by dozens of experts and thousands of men and women.     Although this undertaking began with small questions like "Where does our energy come from?" before long I was face-to-face with far bigger issues, such as:   • Why does our health often fail when our energy fails?   • Why are feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and confusion linked to fatigue?   • How can each of us, in our own way, realize our true potential for living?     Small choices, as Dr. James pointed out, are indeed linked to our destinies. But how can we make the small changes in our habits that will lead to the kinds of positive life changes that we seek in our destinies? In Pursuit of Alertness How can we be 100 percent alive not once in a while but most of the time?     I believe that, remarkably enough, you'll find in this book many of the answers to that crucial question.     These discoveries are not mine alone. They emerge from the bringing together of a vast number of scientific studies. Fascinating in their own right, these studies point to similar conclusions.     It has been my goal to find out where this energy is and how we can tap into it. Based on the existing research and everything we now know about human behavior and our ability to grow and change at every age, what are the switches that will help you and me get access to our inner energy resources? What lessons can be learned from neuroscience, physiology, psychology, biology, and a host of other scientific fields that we can apply to our day-to-day lives? And what do those lessons tell us about our most valuable resource, human energy?     I have pursued these questions precisely because they have meaning for you and me and the way we relate to those who are important to us and the way we live and work at our best during our daily lives.     And because I've focused on practical strategies and everyday solutions for busy people like you, I believe that you will find in this book the answers that you need, answers to questions such as:   • After a hard day at work, how can I still have enough energy to give the best of myself to the people who are most important to me--my own family?   • I'm exhausted at the end of the day, so how can I sleep more soundly to get recharged again?   • I'm not old, but I feel tired. How can I act younger and feel younger?   • All this stress is taking a toll on my health. How can I deal with that stress so it doesn't overwhelm me?   • I eat when I'm not hungry and keep eating when I'm full! How can I eat for energy and stop feeling hungry?   • What happened to my creative power? How can I bring it back to my household and my work?   • How can I just let go and relax, without feeling guilty because I'm "giving up" or "letting people down"? Use Skillpower, Not Willpower This book will provide you With something far different from theory. It will give you practical tools and methods that you can use every day to gain access to your internal reserves of energy. Surprisingly enough, it will show you how to do that without working harder at anything . In fact, once you start a pattern of high-energy living, life often becomes easier.     There's no luck required. Just practical techniques--what I call switches. Each of these switches must be something that you and I can do easily in our daily lives to tap into the energy that is at the core of our beings. Each of these switches will take us one step closer to feeling 100 percent alive. Copyright © 2000 Robert K. Cooper. All rights reserved.