Get More Energy Now
Get More Energy Now
Bounce on a Trampoline
This low-impact routine done on a springy surface works the upper body, core, and lower body with calisthenics, cardio, and strength training.
The Move to Steal: Try simple jumping jacks on a mini trampoline ($30; target.com). It?s easy on the joints but will work to tone your arms and legs.
Choose a Better Bedtime Snack
Swap the warm milk for tart cherries. “They have a high melatonin content, which helps with both sleep onset and sleep quality,” says Michael Breus, clinical psychologist and co-author of ‘The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan’.
Reset Your Body Clock
The body primes itself for a better-quality snooze if you go to sleep and wake at around the same times every day. Need a nudge in the a.m.? Step outside for some sunlight; it prevents the release of melatonin, so you’re less likely to go back to the sack.
Rock Out with Drumsticks
Pound Rockout ( Poundfit.com)
The Concept: A hybrid of Pilates, strength training, isometrics, and cardio.Participants pound the floor (about 15,000 times per 45-minute class) with special quarter-pound plastic Ripstix.
The Move To Steal: If you don?t have drumsticks at home, hold a wooden spoon in each hand and sit on the floor with your legs straight. Bend your knees toward your chest, lift your feet, and drum the floor at your sides.
Stay in Beddy-Bye
If you wake in the middle of the night, don’t stand up. You’ll have an easier time falling back to sleep if you simply lie still and relax. And forget counting sheep—instead, try counting backward from 300 by threes, suggests Dr. Breus. “It’s so complicated that you won’t be able to focus on anything else, and so boring that you’ll go right back to dreamland in a flash.”
Swing a Samurai Sword
This cardio workout is based on samurai sword fighting. The hour-long routine is made up of 12 basic cuts?precise movements that sculpt your arms, chest, shoulders, abs, and lower body?done while brandishing a wooden sword.
The Move to Steal: No light saber lying around? No problem. Grab a broomstick or an umbrella. Lift the stick over your head, keeping elbows at ear height. Bring the stick down in line with your belly button so that it?s parallel to the floor. Clench your abdominal muscles and slash diagonal lines in front of you as you step left to right.