Beat the Energy Slump

(CARLSBAD, CA) – It’s 3 p.m. You’re exhausted. You head towards the vending machine for a sugary pick-me-up to get you through the rest of the day. When you get home, you dive into bed at a reasonable hour. After all, a good night’s sleep is what you need to fight off this constant state of fatigue, right?

But, what if it isn’t about the sleep? Sure, feeling fatigued may be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep. But, if you’re logging 7-9 hours of shut-eye every night, yet you still find yourself downing four cups of coffee to get through the day, then there may be another culprit for your energy slump.

Take a look at these tips for boosting your daily energy. You may be surprised to find that a simple alteration in your daily habits can make a big difference.

  1. De-clutter Your Life – If your desk (and your life) is overflowing with clutter, then it’s time to tackle the mess. Research from Princeton University reveals that clutter actually hinders your brain’s reaction time, making it more difficult for you to focus.
  2. Get Your Minerals – You take your daily multivitamin, but have you checked your mineral status lately? Magnesium is needed to convert food into energy for your body, yet 65 percent of women don’t get the recommended daily allowance of 300-400 milligrams. Try eating white beans, bran cereal, halibut, or spinach to up your magnesium intake.
  3. Leave Work at Work – Research from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee documents that women who check e-mails and take business calls at home are more likely to feel tired throughout the day. Try leaving work at work. If you absolutely must stay plugged-in at home, then establish a short period of interruption-free time, such a dinnertime with the family.
  4. Break a Sweat – Exercise increases the volume of blood pumped into your brain, which helps you to feel more alert. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests that you shoot for 30-60 minutes of exercise on most days of the week.
  5. Stop Slouching – Your mom was right to nag you about standing up straight. When you slouch, your lungs compress. That means that you take in less air, and less oxygen gets to your brain.
  6. Laugh Out Loud – Laughter is a great way to de-stress and re-energize. Whether it means reading the comics, watching a TV sitcom, or taking a few minutes to hear the daily jokes at the water cooler, carve out a little time for laughter each day.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

Posted: 9/8/2010 2:19:28 AM by Jazzercise | with 0 comments



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