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Energizing Exercises

Feeling a little sluggish? Fitness expert Sarah Robichaud says the choices we make throughout the day can have a serious impact on our energy levels. Here's how to get that pep in your step from sunrise to sunset.

Morning

  • Don't hit snooze. Ideally, you should wake up at the same time every day. If you hit snooze, you could interrupt your circadian rhythm, which acts as your body's internal clock.
  • Let the sun shine in. Open up your blinds and let the sun shine in! Daylight stops your body from producing melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone), which signals to your body that it's time to get up.
  • Get moving. Getting your blood pumping first thing in the morning will leave you feeling invigorated. Try adding a few of these moves to your morning routine to start your day off right:

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  • Rehydrate. We become dehydrated in our sleep, so it's very important to replenish our stores immediately after waking. Have a big glass of water with lemon before anything else to invigorate your digestive tract and detoxify your system.
  • Break the fast. It's called breakfast for a reason. You've been without food for 10 or 12 hours, and after a night's rest, your blood sugar is very low. Start the day with some slowly releasing complex carbs and protein to fire up your metabolism and give you sustainable energy until lunchtime.

Midday

  • De-stress. Stress is a total energy-zapper, so if you're feeling tense, take a mini meditation break at your desk. Even a little deep breathing can seriously affect your mood. Breath is your life force; it takes in the vital energy around you and rids the body of toxins and negativity.
  • Get the heart pumping. Beat that 3 p.m. slump with a walk around the office. Just 10 minutes of walking produces enough endorphins and serotonin to keep you going for two hours!
  • Deskercize. Can't get away from your desk? Try one of these moves right in your cubicle:

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Evening

  • Maximize your TV time. It's common to feel drained after a long day, but don't just plop yourself on the couch and stay there until bedtime. Try these moves without having to miss a second of your favourite show:

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  • Go low-tech. The glow from your computer screen, TV and smartphone can actually interfere with the sleep-wake cycle, so turn off the electronics at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Breathe deeply. A few calming deep breaths can help you relax and induce a more restful sleep. Sweet dreams!

 

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