How to Run Fast from Morning to Evening
By Sandy Schroeder
Are you still looking for that magic combination that keeps you smiling in the morning, alive in the afternoons, and bemused in the evening? No, I don’t know of a magic pill, but I do know of some simple steps that may make it happen.
Here are some tips from Consumer Reports On Health that may make it all happen for you.
Early A.M. Opening Act
Soak up the sunshine – Learn more about your internal clock. Bright light inhibits the hormone melatonin that makes you sleepy. In the morning use sunshine to set the pace. Open the curtains to let the light in, and step outside for a few stretches or a quick walk. Maintain light exposure all day and you may avoid daytime sleepiness.
Keep the water coming – Even mild dehydration can make a difference in your performance, dulling your energy, retention levels, and focus. Coffee and tea count, but lots of water works best, along with clear soups and fresh vegetables and fruits.
Now Playing - Afternoon Matinee
When the afternoon stretches out before you and all you can do is yawn, rethink your routines.
Start moving – Researchers say 20 minutes of low-intensity aerobic exercise three times a week can reduce daytime fatigue by as much as 65 percent.
Cut the caffeine – That familiar jolt of espresso may get you through a few afternoon meetings, but it will probably linger in your system to keep you up at night. Try to taper off, substituting chair exercises or a 10-minute walk outside.
Evening Third Act
Yes, the evening really can be yours to savor with your loved ones if you make a few adjustments.
Electronic exit – Make your nights a time to rest and relax as you gradually shut down electronics and move into a quiet period before bed. If possible, kick all of your electronics, including your TV, out of the bedroom.
Rethink the evening – Consider a quiet time right before bedtime, great for low-key conversations or reading with your kids. Make your bedroom a sleep haven with light-blocking drapes, white noise air filters, and regular hours.
Delete the stress – Find ways to let go of those daytime emergencies and ongoing worries. It could be a simple workout on a yoga mat, a good reading light with a book, or simple meditations that quiet your mind.
If some of these approaches to morning, afternoon and evening activities work to keep you at your peak, try to maintain them by letting them settle in and possibly become life-improving habits.
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