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What 10 Minutes Can Do to Wake Up Your Brain

By Sandy Schroeder

If you find yourself reaching for more coffee as you try to clear your head in the morning, there may be a better answer.

Researchers say 10 minutes made a difference when they tested two groups for performance. One group sat and read a magazine, while the other group exercised for 10 minutes on stationary bikes. The participants who spent time on bikes showed a 14 percent gain in accuracy and reaction time, while the readers stayed at their initial level.

Take 10 minutes to give your brain a boost. Check with your doctor before starting new exercises.

Start biking – If the weather permits, use your bike for a quick run in the morning or errands later in the day. On the weekends, bike instead of driving whenever you can. Bike to the park with your kids or bike around your neighborhood.

Do a 10-minute walk – Even if it’s chilly, a brisk walk will wake you up and get the day moving. Try one before breakfast and add another one after lunch or when energy lags in the afternoon.

Move to the music – If the weather is bad, turn up the tunes and spark your mood with your favorite steps. In the evening get the whole family involved with their favorite music.

Start jumping – Jump rope or jumping jacks for 10 minutes may put a different spin on the whole day.

Lift some weights – Develop a simple strength routine that builds muscle and gets the body moving. You could have one routine to use at home, and another for work.

Use your favorite yoga poses – Yoga lends itself to a mind/body impact that gets the body’s circulation going as it siphons off stress. Start with a one-legged tree pose to improve balance and move on to cat and cow poses that help to ease the back at the end of the day. If you are a veteran yoga person you probably have many more favorites. If you are all new to yoga, observe a class, and talk to a certified instructor about your goals.

Polish off household tasks – That spare 10 minutes of body activity can also translate into vacuuming, floor scrubbing or toting laundry.

Ten minutes of motion goes by in a flash, but if it works to wake up your brain you may find yourself threading these 10-minute routines through your whole day. Besides stimulating your mind, they can help you let go of stress, come up with new ideas, and maintain momentum.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monrovia, Calif.

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