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5 moves to boost your energy

Elle Canada
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5 moves to boost your energy

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Whether your day was filled with conference calls and meetings or you had a little too much fun on #SundayFunday, the afternoon slump has a knack of creeping up on the best of us. To battle that sluggishness, I've enlisted the help of Fresh Fitness founder Jannah Watt Cadogan to show us five moves to boost your energy and keep your mind sharp. Energy boosting move #1: Cat-Cow stretch Why it works: "This move mobilizes the spine and brings focus to your breathing through deep inhalations and exhalations", says Watt Cadogan. Controlled breathing can relieve stress and calm the mind. How it's done: "On your hands and knees, inhale deeply through the nose while arching your lower back. On the exhale (note: exhale slowly through pursed lips), round your back while pulling in the belly button, making sure to tuck your hips under and your chin in. Repeat 4-5 times." For more energy boosting moves Energy boosting move #2: 8 min power walk Why it works: "This move raises your heart rate and increases oxygen intake." How it's done: "Bring your sneakers to work and lace up before lunch or around that 3pm slump. Get your arms moving to ensure you increase the intensity from an easy stroll to a walk with intent. Take some deep, cleansing breaths." Energy boosting move #3: Skipping Why it works: "Skipping is a great and quick exercise that increases heart rate and improves cardiovascular health." How it's done: "Try skipping in intervals. Start with 15 seconds of skipping followed by 30 seconds of rest. Gradually increase to 30 seconds skipping with 30 seconds of rest." Energy boosting move #4: Short stair sprints Why it works: "By increasing your heart rate your body is able to absorb more oxygen into the blood. This helps your improve your body's ability to access stored energy." How it's done: 5 min intervals: Run up one flight, walk up the next. Start with 3 minutes of intervals. Work your way up to 5 minutes. Aim to do more running flights vs. walking flights. Energy boosting move #5: Breathe & stretch Why it works: "Stretching and deep breathing helps to get the blood flowing and helps your body work more efficiently." How it's done: Starting in a squat position, take a deep breath in, slowly reaching upward as you stand on your toes reaching overhead at the peak of your deep inhale. Exhale and repeat up to ten times. READ MORE: 6 energy boosters to try 6 ways to boost your metabolism How to get your beauty sleep
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