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Stay Energized All Day Long

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Stay Energized All Day Long

There’s no doubt about it — Kendra is a woman on-the-go. Between chasing after Little Hank (and hubby Hank!), making media appearances, promoting her book, working out and finding time to spend with her girlfriends, Kendra’s doesn’t have time to be sluggish!

But even the most active and fit people need a little stamina boost every now and then. The good news is that there are a number of natural ways to fight fatigue and the ever-popular 3 p.m. crash (aside from downing a few cups of coffee!). Here are five easy — and fun — tips that will quickly wake up your mind and body:

Throw stuff in the trash
Why it works
: Ridding yourself of clutter — even things which were once of value to your life — makes room in your life for what you really want and need now, states Lissa Coffey, hypnotherapist and author of Feng Shui: Easy Ways to Bring Abundance into Your Home and Workplace (http://www.coffeytalk.com/ ). “Clutter is trapped energy that has a far-reaching effect physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” she explains. “Clutter makes you feel unorganized, confused, keeps you in the past, congests your body, and leaves you feeling lethargic and tired. But tidying up will have the completely opposite effect.”

Snack on macaroons
Why it works
: “Coconut macaroons are loaded with lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid, which can boost your stamina levels in one of the healthiest of ways!” states natural health expert Jordan Rubin, founder of Garden of Life and author of The Great Physician’s Rx for Health and Wellness (http://www.jordanrubin.com/ ). He explains that this type of fatty acid is digested similar to carbohydrates, which means the body uses it to provide sustained energy rather than being stored as adipose tissue — also known as fat.

Turn on the tunes
Why it work
s: Putting on some background music can actually make you more productive, state researchers from the University of Windsor in Canada. A group of volunteer software developers were first asked to work in a music-free environment, and they churned out their worst quality of work and at a super-slow speed. But once the background music came piping though, their creative juices started flowing and they reportedly experienced an “increase in perception.”

Sit down and meditate
Why it works
: Close your eyes and inhale! A study conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital reported that meditation thickens parts of the brain’s cerebral cortex, the area that is responsible for attention, memory and decision-making. And another study from the University of Wisconsin in Madison showed that the serenity achieved from regular meditation can “train” the mind to be more attentive.

Play around on the Internet
Why it works
: Yes, reading your Tweeter feed and the latest news in the celebrity world can actually give your brain a little jolt. Study experts from the National University of Singapore reported that “cyberloafing” has been shown to boost productivity, even more so than talking or texting with friends or sending personal emails.

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