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Feeling sleep deprived and yawning at your desk? Follow these tips on how to transform your body into a fatigue-fighting machine.
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"Yawning is your body’s way of cooling down the brain, essentially waking it up," explains Andrew Gallup, PhD, a research associate at Princeton University.
That’s how long you’ll feel revved up after taking just a 10-minute walk, according to a study in Personality and Social Psychology.
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It’s official: We give you permission to watch that dancing hamster video at work. A good laugh raises your blood pressure and boosts heart rate, too, which can pump you up when you’re feeling sluggish, says Robert R. Provine, PhD, author of Laughter.
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See some red
Spotting something scarlet can actually kick you into high gear. Seeing the fiery color makes your muscles move faster and work harder, giving you a burst of energy when you need it most, according to University of Rochester research.
Keep crimson flowers in your sight line to pep up a jam-packed day.
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Not into espresso shots? Get your energy from chia seeds. They’re packed with a revitalizing combo of B vitamins, fiber, and protein, so they pick you up without making you jittery.
You can simply stir them into your yogurt.
Stretch it out
Dragging? Try this invigorating stretch: Stand in a doorway, facing forward with feet several inches apart, and reach to the sides of the frame. Grab the frame with your fingers, then push your chest forward until you feel a stretch in your torso and back; hold for 30 seconds.
"This stretch stimulates the sympathetic nervous system," explains Timothy McCall, MD, a yoga instructor in Oakland, California, "so it’s energizing for the body and mind."
Fifty-eight percent of women feel most energized after they've had a workout, according to a Health.com poll.
Studies show omega-3 fatty acids improve mood and brain function, essential for avoiding a midday slump.