The Energized Mom

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Ever wish you had an endless supply of energy to power through your daily “to-do” list? There are steps you can take right now to tap into your reserves and get the most out of your work day and your time at home. 

Karen Millsap, is a single mom to Caleb, and an entrepreneur, but her path has not been an easy one.

“I’m a girl who’s rebelling against tragedy,” Millsap told Ivanhoe.

Three years ago, Karen’s husband Richard was shot and killed at his gym; leaving her a widow, at age 29.

“You immediately go into this fog of grief,” detailed Millsap.

 After Richard’s death, Karen founded a company dedicated to helping others re-enter the workplace after loss. She loved her work, but was still struggling.

Millsap said, “I just wanted to be the best person, and I knew that grief was weighing me down.”

A business contest led her to Jennifer Lea, senior manager of content development at Johnson and Johnson’s Human Performance Institute (HPI).

At HPI, Lea trains elite athletes, surgeons and fortune 500 CEOs, teaching them how to maximize their energy.

Lea said think of energy as a pyramid, with your physical well-being as the base.

For maximum energy, you need at least three days a week of aerobic activity, and two days of resistance training. Your body needs healthy food every four hours. And scheduled break time every ninety minutes during the work day.

“It can be as little as 30 seconds sprinting up a flight of stairs or it could be as long as 10 minutes walking around the block,” Lea told Ivanhoe.

Millsap said when she follows Lea’s training she can keep pace in business, and in life.

Millsap described, “I feel like not only can I accomplish everything I want during the day, but I feel like I’m in a good frame of mind as I’m doing it.”

In addition to the physical component, Jennifer Lea teaches clients to actively look for something that makes them happy every day to renew their emotional energy.  She also coaches women to focus on the present moment by scheduling recovery time, like a few minutes to practice deep breathing or meditation to refocus their mental energy. 

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Field Producer; Roque Correa, Editor and Videographer.