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Your Energy Makeover Begins Now
I'd just finished shaking the last drops of coffee from an upside-down mug into my mouth when I felt an overwhelming urge to cry. It was 7 a.m. on a busy Tuesday, and I'd already blown through my entire energy strategy for the day. How was I going to survive the next 15 hours of deadlines, meetings, and three go-go-go kids?
Turns out I'm not the only woman who feels exhausted before her day starts. Jennifer Boisture, MD, a psychiatrist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, has built a private practice catering to highly successful women, who, like most of us, are trying to juggle it all. "The primary complaint I hear is that they're tired all the time," Boisture says. "They're fit, health-conscious women, but they still need more energy. What they're doing isn't working."
Part of the problem, experts say, is that we have set the energy bar so high. "We have an increasing expectation that we can keep squeezing more and more out of our lives if we can just find the right formula," says Mark Liponis, MD, medical director of Canyon Ranch Health Resorts. "That kind of pressure is unrealistic and overwhelming and can actually have the reverse effect, of draining your energy." Another zapper: technology. According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology that compared single- and multitaskers, focusing on one chore at a time is more energy efficient. So reading your iPad on the treadmill or sending texts on your cell while banging out work e-mails on your laptop will drain your brain faster than doing each task by itself.
And yet...you have an 8 a.m. meeting and a 7 p.m. dinner reservation, and you have to pick your daughter up at soccer practice at five -- which leaves 6 a.m. as the hour to squeeze in a sweat session. So what's an energy-starved gal to do? Whether you're training for a marathon or your day simply feels like one, these totally fresh lifestyle tweaks will do more for your mojo than a 7 a.m. cup of joe ever could.
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