Taylor Swift’s incredible performance during her Eras Tour, where she reportedly sang and entertained for about three hours straight per show, has become a talking point for her incredible stamina and energy. According to media reports, she underwent rigorous training, including several hours of dance practice, plyometric exercises like jumping, strength, conditioning, and weighted exercises for six months ahead of her first performance. She even followed a no-alcohol commitment a couple of months before the show to prepare for this physical and mental marathon.
Just as Swift’s pre-tour boot camp was essential for its success, her post-show rest period was equally critical. After her three days of back-to-back performances, she cherished her complete 24-hour break of doing nothing but being in her bed the whole day except getting up for meals. This raises an intriguing question: Can Taylor’s approach be a practical template for others seeking similar energy and robustness in their lives? As a functional medicine coach, I often encounter individuals seeking to enhance their energy levels and overall well-being. Taylor Swift’s regimen, which combines intensive training with dietary discipline followed by complete rest and recovery, aligns well with several principles of functional medicine.
First, as undertaken by Taylor, rigorous training is a testament to the importance of physical fitness in boosting energy levels. Regular exercise — especially a mix of cardio, strength training, and tri-planar exercises in the form of dancing — improves the functioning of more than 37 trillion cells in our body, enhances cardiovascular health, improves muscle tone and boosts endurance. Regular exercise also stimulates the release of neurotransmitters in the brain known as endorphins, often called “happy hormones”, which contribute to a sense of well-being and vitality.
However, it’s crucial to note that what works for a global pop star with access to top-notch trainers, nutritionists, dedicated chefs, and a flexible schedule might not be entirely feasible for everyone. Each individual has a unique starting point of health and fitness, goals, resources, lifestyle, and a unique footprint of physical and health profile. Hence, the intensity and type of exercise should be tailored to suit individual needs and limitations. Over-exercising or following an unsuitable regimen with a lack of proper nutrition and rest can lead to injuries and burnout, defeating the purpose of enhancing vitality.
The second aspect of Taylor’s routine is the no-alcohol commitment. Alcohol, while socially accepted and often used as a means of relaxation, certainly has several downsides. It can disrupt sleep patterns, affect mood regulation and, importantly, it’s a source of empty calories with no nutritional benefit. So, eliminating alcohol, or at least reducing its consumption, can have a profound beneficial impact on energy levels, mental clarity and overall health. It’s a step that many should incorporate into their lifestyles, albeit with varying degrees of flexibility depending on personal circumstances and habits.
However, a word of caution. Drastic dietary and lifestyle changes should be approached carefully. Completely cutting out a habitual component like alcohol can have withdrawal effects and should ideally be done under professional guidance.
Also, while exercise is a must for good health, understanding one’s goals, tolerance and lifestyle is critical to exercising to improve one’s health.
Combining regular, tailored exercise and a healthy, balanced diet, possibly including reduced alcohol consumption, can undoubtedly contribute to improved energy levels and overall well-being. However, the key is finding a sustainable balance that aligns with one’s health needs, lifestyle and limitations. Adopting something gradual and scientific is the best approach towards a healthy life.