Your energy is low. Your vitality is meh. And motivation? You get done what you need to get done but, really, not much else. Sound familiar? If you’re like virtually everyone else then, chances are, the answer is a resounding yes. And, equally likely, you’ve accepted this sluggishness and general meandering as the new normal — everyone feels this way, right?
I was right there with you — I felt like life was moving in the right direction and there was no need to rock the boat. Then, while on vacation at an idyllic retreat in the Filipino jungle, everything changed. After spending days relaxing and recharging, with little more than an odd yoga class and quick dip in the pool to distract us, I noticed a change. I had numb patches on my forehead, a rash down my right leg, and every bone ached. I hot-footed it back to Manila and hopped a flight home to the UK, where I rushed to the doctor, sure I’d contracted some strange tropical virus. What did I have? The doctor shrugged — there are a lot of viruses that modern medicine simply hasn’t discovered yet. Not exactly reassuring.
Also not reassuring were the months that followed — months spent in bed, with my job as a TV presenter on hold indefinitely. I couldn’t leave the house or, even, the bed most days. I couldn’t work out, couldn’t go out, and couldn’t do much of anything. After three hellish months I started to improve. I eased myself back into exercise and eventually into the working world — but this time, I vowed, things would be different. This time I wouldn’t accept the lackluster days and diminishing energy. This time I wouldn’t accept anything less than total focus, motivation, and vitality.
As my health rallied, I started a podcast called Zestology designed to keep me on track. Through the podcast I would, essentially, be putting myself out there and relying on listeners to keep me honest and on track. My goal? Try out all kinds of lifestyle hacks that promised the vitality I was looking for. I tapped some of the best experts and, hands down, tried out some crazy new health trends and technology designed to boost performance, energy, and everything in between.
And what happened? My energy levels started going up, up, up. Great, for sure, but since I was doing so much I never quite knew what was working and what wasn’t. I started tracking religiously, noting trends as I went. What supplements had I taken? What tech had I integrated? Yoga? Mindfulness? Better sleep?
Nine months later some key trends began to appear — seven trends that, ultimately, became the foundation of Zestology and, more importantly, of living life with greater energy, vitality, and motivation. To save you thousands of notes, observations, and random musings, here’s what they all boil down to — the seven lifestyle hacks that, together, can help give you the boost you’re no doubt seeking.
(Keep in mind my percentages and various rankings are self-reported, so I encourage you to track for yourself and see what’s working best. Not only will you have critical trend data but, at the same time, you’ll gain some serious accountability from, simply, writing it all down.)