The foundation for all the other energies, physical energy is comprised of sleep, fitness, nutrition and intermittent daytime rest and renewal.
PHYSICAL ENERGY EXPLAINED Physical energy encompasses your overall nutrition, fitness levels, the amount of sleep you need compared to the amount of sleep you get, and how you renew your energy levels throughout the day.
FOCUSING ON YOUR PHYSICAL ENERGY Our bodies are complex, they require a balance of elements to keep them in peak condition. Putting the spotlight on your physical energy will give you a greater understanding of how your body works, allowing you to identify how your health could be improved.
STEPS TO ADDRESSING YOUR PHYSICAL ENERGY The Global Corporate Challenge is one way DHL Express colleagues have already addressed their physical energy, which has had untold benefits. However more subtle steps can be taken that have just as many advantages. • Discover the foods that will provide you with the best fuel for your body and give you a quality source of energy. • Conquer poor sleeping habits by implementing a technology blackout in your bedroom. At a certain time, connected devices should be turned off in order to give your body time to shift into sleep mode. Replace pre-sleep screen time with a relaxing activity that allows you to unwind, such as reading or Sudoku. • Make your meeting mobile and walk while you talk, replace the boardroom sugar fixes with fruit, or give your day a burst of energy by dedicating 10 minutes to exercise.
BENEFITS OF PAYING ATTENTION TO YOUR PHYSICAL ENERGY Attending to our physical energy can lessen the impact of stressful lives on our health. • Your body will quickly thank you for eating five a day, brightly coloured fruit and vegetables are packed with nutrients that fight disease and can help alleviate allergies and breathing problems. • Getting quality sleep has numerous benefits including improving your learning ability, helping you to focus better, make decisions and be creative. • Having a break from our desks to take a short walk leaves us invigorated and more capable of completing taxing tasks efficiently. • The health benefits of being physically active are overwhelming: regular exercise is proven to lower the risk of life-threatening diseases including cancer and diabetes, as well as reducing your risk of depression and dementia.