Archive for September, 2011

Looking for an energetic morning? (Part II)

This is some other things I found that could be helpful to boost the energy in the morning for a good productive day. So go ahead make some of these tweaks to recharge your batteries and power.

1- Have bran for breakfast: Eating a morning meal rich in fiber may make you more alert during the day.  Fiber helps slow down the absorption of food in the stomach, which keeps your blood sugar levels steady to sustain energy levels for a longer period of time.

2-  Order a small latte and sip it slowly: Experts say not to rely on caffeine too much. Having small doses of caffeine every couple of hours may help keep you awake, alert and focused for longer than a single jumbo would. When you quickly drink a large amount of coffee, the caffeine peaks in your bloodstream  much sooner than when it’s spread out over time.

3- Eat more often: Yes it clearly says eat more often not eat more just more OFTEN. Eating small small meals frequently during the day (every 3/4hours) helps keeping your blood sugar up  so you don’t experience energy crashes.

4- Gulp some water: A recent study of athletes found that 92% felt fatigued after limiting fluids and water-rich foods for 15 hours they also had lapses in memory and had difficulty concentrating. Aim to drink every hour or two so you don’t feel thirsty (I personally drink around 5bottles of water a day otherwise I might die :p)

5- Take a 10 minute walk: A 10 min walk would help you go on with your day, it would help clear your mind and be more confident. It also help have fewer aches and climb stairs more easily.

6- Cue up your iPod: Consider listening to music while working (not something that makes you want to get up and dance on your desk though :p) A study shows that employees who use headphones are 10% more productive.

Hope these help. Let me know if there’s anything missing on this list 😉

Cheers xoxo

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September 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Looking for an energetic morning?

If you wake up tired and feel like you can’t wait to go to bed again most of the time it’s because you didn’t get enough sleep. Here are some tips to start  the morning with motivation.

– Got to bed early enough: what a surprise right? :p Sleep is as important to your health as exercise ( this might be the wake up call for some of us because now we know we need exercise as much as sleep..) It’s recommended to sleep 8hours a night, and to try sleeping and waking up at the same time everyday.

– Don’t snooze: Hard one because snoozing becomes a habits and at some point we just find ourselves snoozing unconsciously. Snoozing can buy 10 more minutes in bed in the morning but the more you snooze the harder it is to actually get up. Make this a rule when you wake up get up!

– Have a morning schedule that works with your schedule: Every schedule is varied, depending on your work schedule, class schedule or if you’re a parent and need time for your kids in the morning or if your kids are grown now. Squeeze a workout during the morning, if you can’t do it first thing in the morning do it mid-day that’s fine. Just make the workout a part of your routine so you don’t have to think about when you will work out and this will lead to skipping working out less.

– Ignore your mood: You must be wondering how the hell this is possible? But you want to commit to something, you want to achieve something no matter how small or big it might be (example: waking up in the morning, working out and going through my day full of energy). True commitment is doing something you don’t feel like doing. What’s your plan for each morning? Mark it down just like you mark down your meetings (hoping that you do :p). Don’t let your mood in the morning determine wether you are going to work out or not. If you’re a feeling that morning drag it’s not an excuse to skip the morning work out but to show your commitment. Going through the work out even though you didn’t want to would make you feel great afterwards. Just groan and do it.

– Make it rewarding: Buy a monthly calendar and put it on the fridge. Write down every time you wake up and work out, this will give you a sense of accomplishment. And you will eventually want to wake up and make that calendar full.

– Find exercise you love: Don’t just exercise because you feel like need to and you don’t even enjoy exercising. Don’t go too easy on yourself though. You should work out for around 45 minutes and sweat.  Plus the morning shower after the work out will wake you up and you will feel as fresh as ever to get started with your day.

Cheers xoxo

September 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm 1 comment


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