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Step 4: Listen Up

"Music makes you feel good mentally and physically," says celebrity trainer Jim Karas, author of The 7 Day Energy Surge. "Research shows it can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, and decrease stress hormones, and that it may increase feel-good hormones and improve your fitness per­formance." College students zipped through a series of cognitive tasks when listening to upbeat music in a recent study from the University of Dayton. And after people worked out to music, their mental performance improved, compared with exercising song-less, researchers at Ohio State University found.

"Music gives you that extra motivation," Karas says. "If it's dark outside when I have to get out of bed, I crank up the music to make myself more alert." In the morning, choose something peppy -- think Beyonce or the Black Eyed Peas -- because your mind needs a positive nudge, not an angry blast of heavy metal. In the evening, give Mozart a try. People with sleep problems who listened to classical music for 45 minutes before bed snoozed more soundly than those who didn't, according to researchers in Budapest. What's sleep got to do with energy? Plenty. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego discovered that skipping a night of sleep significantly impaired cognitive abilities in people in their 20s and 30s. "When clients tell me they need only six hours, I tell them that they've trained themselves to live on that," Karas says. "But if they got more, they'd see a huge improvement in their energy."

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sfox98 wrote:

This was great. The best article yet! Common sense things that anyone can do to feel better.

9/23/2013 08:19:51 AM Report Abuse
muirini wrote:

Excellent article. I didn't know that about TV. I limit my watching to 1 or 2 hours, and treat it as resting before bed. Guess I'll try something else and see if I have more energy.

9/22/2013 11:03:53 AM Report Abuse
Hailleymari wrote:

I love these ideas! Will give them a try :)

6/18/2012 09:53:00 AM Report Abuse
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1/13/2012 03:43:25 PM Report Abuse
Sassie65 wrote:

Thank you! I am planning to put these steps into action starting today. The biggest eye opener was Step 6, I am the worst with this one, especially the self Forgiveness part.

6/12/2011 11:04:13 AM Report Abuse

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