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Energizing Exercises

Feeling a little sluggish? Fitness expert Sarah Robichaud says the choices we make throughout the day can have a serious impact on our energy levels. Here's how to get that pep in your step from sunrise to sunset.

Morning

Don't hit snooze. Ideally, you should wake up at the same time every day. If you hit snooze, you could interrupt your circadian rhythm, which acts as your body's internal clock.

Let the sun shine in. Open up your blinds and let the sun shine in! Daylight stops your body from producing melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone), which signals to your body that it's time to get up.

Get moving. Getting your blood pumping first thing in the morning will leave you feeling invigorated. Try adding a few of these moves to your morning routine to start your day off right:

Rehydrate. We become dehydrated in our sleep, so it's very important to replenish our stores immediately after waking. Have a big glass of water with lemon before anything else to invigorate your digestive tract and detoxify your system.

Break the fast. It's called breakfast for a reason. You've been without food for 10 or 12 hours, and after a night's rest, your blood sugar is very low. Start the day with some slowly releasing complex carbs and protein to fire up your metabolism and give you sustainable energy until lunchtime.

Midday

De-stress. Stress is a total energy-zapper, so if you're feeling tense, take a mini meditation break at your desk. Even a little deep breathing can seriously affect your mood. Breath is your life force; it takes in the vital energy around you and rids the body of toxins and negativity.

Get the heart pumping. Beat that 3 p.m. slump with a walk around the office. Just 10 minutes of walking produces enough endorphins and serotonin to keep you going for two hours!

Evening

Maximize your TV time. It's common to feel drained after a long day, but don't just plop yourself on the couch and stay there until bedtime. Try these moves without having to miss a second of your favourite show:

Go low-tech. The glow from your computer screen, TV and smartphone can actually interfere with the sleep-wake cycle, so turn off the electronics at least an hour before bedtime.

Breathe deeply. A few calming deep breaths can help you relax and induce a more restful sleep. Sweet dreams!

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