Boost Your Energy Right Now!

March 16, 2012

in Health

I am so excited to welcome Kristen today telling us how to get something we all need – MORE ENERGY! Give these a try and leave a comment letting us know how it worked!

Moms are true miracle workers. They give life, protect life and nurture life all on a few hours of sleep each night. All moms have little tricks to keep their batteries charged throughout the day and here are a few more to add to the precious trick bag. 

The best way to boost one’s energy is to perform short bursts of exercises that get the whole body moving at once. Here are a few exercises that do just that and can even be done while wearing pajamas and waiting for the coffee to drip:

1. 2nd Position Ballet Pliés
No need for the expensive and time consuming ballet classes. Ballet pliés require only that you keep your spine straight while bending at the knees. Place feet hip distance apart and turn feet slightly outwards. Keep your back straight and bend your knees to lower your torso as deeply as you can stand it. Remember, shaking muscles indicates that you are getting stronger in that very moment. Keep your arms stretched out to your sides in what is known as 2nd position port de bras or bring arms over your head. This will increase circulation and strengthen all major muscles. Perform 15 repetitions for 4 sets throughout the day. 

2. Seated Jack Knife
Choose a sturdy chair or the edge of the bathtub to perform this exercise. Sit down and lean back slightly. Place hands behind you to support your body. Lift your legs up slightly in the air and bring your knees into your chest. Pull your upper body towards your legs at the same time to get the full range of motion. This works the thighs, abdomen, arms and back muscles all in one swift movement. Work up to 25 repetitions 4 times every day. 

3. YOGA DOWNWARD DOG
Yoga has become one of the most popular ways for women to get in shape. Deep breathing and movement work together to energize the body, refresh the mind and center the soul. Start this pose by lying flat on the floor with your face against the floor. Place hands at your shoulder, tuck toes into floor and lift yourself off the floor. Line your hands up to cause your body to form a triangle shape. Hold your stomach in and take your gaze towards your abdomen. Take 5 deep and slow breaths and then lower yourself back down. Repeat this whole body workout as desired and needed. 

 

The main thing is to find an exercise that suits you best, while getting the most out of it. You don’t have to do every set that day if you’re not feeling well. The main thing is to do something and maybe have a little fun while doing it. When used in conjunction with exercises that coincide with your daily activities, you can really start to feel the results. Some of these very same exercises are recommended by the American Cancer Society for patients dealing with papillary mesothelioma, so they’re especially effective.

 

Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people's lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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