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3 Ways to Get Instant Energy

Take a stand. "The less overall activity you do, the less energy is required to keep you functioning, because you're not using your active tissue," says Sims. Desk jobs can be major energy drainers: Fat-burning enzymes start switching off when you're inactive for too long, and they can plummet 50 percent or more after a full day of not standing, research shows. Every 30 minutes, stand and stretch.

Walk it off. Feeling the mid-afternoon slump? "Movement creates energy," says Robert E. Thayer, PhD, professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and author of Calm Energy. Thayer's research has found that just 10 minutes of brisk walking can increase energy for two hours. "In 10 minutes of walking, your brain is infused with the neuro?transmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, which increase alertness."

Get the right mix. The fastest way to have sustainable energy without a crash is via a snack that includes carbs, protein, and a little fat (crackers with peanut butter; yogurt and a slice of whole wheat bread). Fats give you an immediate boost, complex carbs sustain blood sugar levels, and protein keeps your energy up for several hours.

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Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2011.


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7/6/2011 05:47:10 PM Report Abuse
cargen wrote:

cargen I eat peanut butter every day is that good for you, I understand when little kids have a problem with eating & they eat only peanut butter Doctors say they will change, but what about adults

4/20/2011 12:54:38 PM Report Abuse
copayextra wrote:

useful advice. some of us just need to exercise to strengthen our muscles that keep us moving everyday. lifting weights will not make u look like she-rah!!

4/13/2011 03:57:59 PM Report Abuse
Theresam6 wrote:

Great advice! Always remember that a body in motion wants to stay in motion, so instead of reaching for a 3pm snack, go for a walk, turn on some music and dance, or do the walk & talk on your phone. It is easy to build moving into your day with a little forethought.

3/24/2011 04:52:02 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

This is a most helpful array of information--much of which I have seen piecemeal or in an abbreviated form before, but here it is integrated and meaningful. Thanks!

3/23/2011 12:09:36 PM Report Abuse

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