15 Minute Energy Fix

Probably the most common excuse for not exercising is lack of energy. It’s almost an epidemic and instead of adjusting sleep patterns and nutrition programs, people reach for their favorite energy drink to get them through the day.

15 Minute Energ FixWith jobs becoming more and more stressful and expectations becoming higher and higher, an unrealistic bar has been set for modern humans that is impossible to reach. We’re expected to go-go-go all day, non-stop with no breaks and still perform at our best. Even the thought of such a busy schedule if enough to zap the energy right out of you.

How many cups of coffee does it take you to get going in the morning?

Technology has made our lives even busier and we are expected to multitask, which is the plague of the 21st century. Whoever decided that humans are more productive multitasking than focusing on one thing at a time was grossly misinformed and has set us up for failure. A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, along with countless other studies, has proven that multitasking is counterproductive and increases the risk of error.

So what can you do?

People who exercise on a regular basis reportedly have more energy than those who lead more sedentary lives. Exercise increases your metabolism and this effect lasts for up to 38 hours after working out for more sustained levels of energy throughout the day. Even if you’re strapped for time, you need to fit in a workout somewhere during the day – preferably in the morning. This is the best time because it sets up your day right and you perform better.

Here’s a quick, 15-minute workout that will drive up your metabolism and boost your energy levels while helping you stay in shape.

15-minute Energy Fix

Y-Squats – standing with hips shoulder-width apart, raise your arms up above your head in a Y-formation and squat down for 16 reps.

Footballer Feet – standing with feet together, quickly move the feet in and out to touch and repeat for 30 seconds.

One-Arm Push-Ups – get yourself into a push-up position with legs wide apart. Tuck one arm behind your back and perform 10 push-ups on one arm, then switch to the other side and perform 10 more.

Mountain Climbers – again, assuming the push-up position, run with your legs, alternating the knees into the chest for 30 reps (15 each side).

Reverse Lunges with Kick – bring the leg back in a lunge and then kick it forward, reaching the hand out to touch the toe. Repeat for 30 reps (15 each side).

Jumping Jacks – perform as many jumping jacks as you can in 30 seconds.

Bridge with Leg Raise – get into the bridge position, bring one leg up to point to the ceiling and push up. Lower the leg down, pausing when it is level with the floor. Bring the foot down and switch legs. Perform 16 reps each side.

Scissor Jumps – as quickly as you can, alternate you legs forward and back in a scissor jump for 30 seconds.

Plank – either with straight arms on resting on the forearms, perform plank for 30 seconds.

Repeat this circuit 3 to 4 times for an energizing workout.

Originally published @ FITLODE.COM

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Toronto the Retrofit Capital of North America

Reskinning in process
Toronto is in an exciting position of turning the city around and becoming the retrofit capital of North America. If we get this right, we will lead the way in bringing cities and obsolete office towers into the 21st eco-friendly century.

Using a technology called “reskinning,” office towers will be given a new, energy-saving outer layer — a thermal barrier composed of new materials like solar panels and media walls.

On May 11, Zerofootprint — a nonprofit organization working with companies to reduce their carbon footprint — will launch an international re-skinning competition to dramatically re-skin one of Toronto’s aging high-rises. For more information, please see CBC Radio’s Green Grows Up series.

  • 2/3 of total waste is generated from workplaces
  • 54% of all CO2 emissions come from buildings
  • Toronto has 250M square feet of office space

This is an exciting project during a time of financial crisis and will bring many jobs to Toronto and the GTA. To learn more, download Greening Greater Toronto from the Toronto City Summit Alliance.