by Nicole Yorio, REDBOOK
Give yourself a jolt in the morning with these easy ways to get more energy.
Studies show that people who exercise in the morning sleep better, says Jessica Matthews, a director for the American Council on Exercise. Get active outdoors between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m.; it's the prime window to wake your body with sunlight, kicking off a healthy sleep-wake cycle.
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2. Speed up your walk.
Hard-wiring a healthy habit now will pay off big-time later. A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researcher found that people over 65 who walk at a pace of at least 2.5 miles per hour live longer than those who don't. To burn extra fat and calories, try interval training: Walk fast for one block and slow down for the next.
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3. Fuel your body.
"Breakfast eaters tend to be thinner than breakfast skippers, who are more likely to overindulge later," says registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner. Aim for a 400-calorie meal such as oatmeal with berries and walnuts.
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