14 April, 2012

Energise Your Day



  

IF YOU'RE FEELING A LITTLE 'BLAH' AND IN NEED OF AN ENERGY BOOST ~ 
here's what you need to know...




1. EAT EARLY AND OFTEN: 
If you skip breakfast and eat a meager lunch, you may hit a wall by mid-afternoon. By the time you get home, you're ravenous, and at that point your body will not be able to "make up" the nutrients it lost all day. So start your day with a healthy breakfast then eat light mini-meals throughout the day.

 

2. DON'T BREW, SQUEEZE:Start the day with a glass of hot water, the juice of one-quarter to one-half a lemon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper (and a little honey if you want). This detox staple cleanses the body and gets things moving.




3. PUMMEL YOURSELF:
 Borrow this gentle, invigorating exercise from the energy—cultivating practice of qigong. Gently "drum" the insides and outsides of your arms and down your sides and legs with a loosely closed fist; then drum up the insides of your legs, your abdomen and solar plexus, neck, and lower back. This thumping can stimulate the flow of qi and increase circulation— plus, it just feels really good.




4. TAKE A CONTRAST SHOWER: 
Hot-cold hydrotherapy is believed to strengthen immunity, increase circulation, and have a stimulating effect on the body. So, after showering, turn the tab to as cold on for 30 seconds, switch back to warm, and end on cold. 

 
 


5. STRETCH:
 Taking a moment to stretch each hour or so throughout the day goes a long way toward preventing stiffness, increasing blood circulation, and giving you a shot of energy. 


 

6. MAKE YOUR HEART POUND:
 There's a reason you feel so good after exercising. Engaging in vigorous, sweaty exercise for as little as 10 to 30 minutes triggers the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain and has been shown to greatly improve mood. Regular exercise has also been shown to do everything from lowering blood pressure to relieving depression.

 


{Inspired by BellaMUMMA}


Melissah xox

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6 comments:

Susan said...

Great suggestions, Melissah! Thanks!

Have a wonderful weekend!

beachcomber said...

very inspiring! great tips & love gwyneth paltrow"s haircut.
x

anita said...

wow melissah..these are awesome suggestions. will try the cleanse tea! your the pics super inspirational..thanks:)

Mama of 2 boys said...

Loving these tips Melissah, most of them I do know, but it is always great to be reminded now and then. Hubby does the hot and cold shower thing every single day. He is always going on about how good it is to do that straight after exercise too... good for recovery or something like that xo

The enchanted home said...

Cayenne pepper? Who knew....I think I am going to have to give this a whirl. Enjoy your weekend.

Karyn said...

I cant wait to start tommorow !!

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