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- Chinese medicine promotes cold baths for health and longevity. Traditionally, that meant submerging your entire body in a tub of freezing water. But, you don’t have to go that far to get an energy boost—unless you think you can handle it—then get in that tub! Or here’s an idea: turn off the hot water for a minute or two during your morning shower and let the chill truly awaken you. You can also submerge your feet in ice-cold water for a couple minutes to stimulate the acupressure points.
- Having a busy, hectic day? Make a stop in the restroom and immerse your face in cold water. It’s both invigorating and soothing—an instant energy boost that may even refresh your mind. Or you can run your wrists under cool water for several minutes to get a similar effect.
- Finally, the most daring cold trick of all: snow! Next time there’s a snowstorm, use it as a chance to give yourself a natural health treatment. Step out into the backyard in underwear or a bathing suit, rub yourself with snow (don’t be gentle, get into the powder) then run back in and take a hot shower. To say you’ll feel energized is an understatement!
- Feeling slumped? Try a Spinal Flex/Camel Ride to help energize the spine. Sit cross-legged, holding onto your calves or shins; inhale as you lift your chest forward and exhale as you round your back, chin to chest. Repeat this motion for several minutes, increasing your speed as you go.
- Get into a Half-Moon Pose when you’re feeling fatigued and can use some balance. Fold forward and place your right hand 6 to 12 inches in front of your right foot. Lift the left leg up, open your hips and rotate your torso to the left. Extend your left arm up and gaze forward or upward at your left hand. Stay in this pose for several deep breaths; then repeat it on the other side.
- Ever heard of the Downward-Facing Dog? Probably the most popular yoga pose, this move is a fantastic rejuvenator—just step away from your desk and try it! Come onto your hands and knees: your knees aligned with your hips and your hands slightly in front of your shoulders, palms spread. Push up and straighten your arms and legs to form a triangle; stretch your heels down toward the floor. Stay in this pose for a couple minutes to stretch your muscles and allow blood to flow to your brain. Come out gently and rest inChild’s Pose.
- Laugh! Laughter releases endorphins and alleviates tension and stress. A hearty laugh can perk you right up. So, now you’ve got an excuse to take a work break and indulge in that funny online video.
- Did you know that the color red can give you an energy boost? Research shows that seeing the color can even make your muscles move faster. Why not keep a scarlet flower or knick-knack on your desk and test this out for yourself?!
- Healthy nutrition as a whole helps stabilize your energy levels—but you’re probably aware of that fact (the new year is a great time to develop a healthy food plan). However, you may not be aware of an age-old super-seed that was once a staple food for ancient civilizations. Well, listen up: you may want to include this seed as part of your nutrition! Chia seeds contain tons of nutrients and can increase energy and stamina. Sprinkle them on your yogurt, oatmeal, or salad, or find your own way to eat ‘em up!