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Recharge Your Battery

All the energy you need to keep going and going and going . . .
September 1, 2001

Energy descends from the Greek "energeia," meaning "activity," which is in turn derived from another Greek word, "ergon," which means "work." So it's no coincidence that the amount of energy you have determines your ability to do work. What's the best way to get your natural energy to help you perform at your best? It doesn't take much to make a major difference. All you really need to do is change your FRAME of reference:

Bill Phillips, exercise guru and author of Body for Life (Harper Collins), says there are three things you can do immediately to increase your energy. First, grab a tall glass of water and drink it. If your body is even 1 percent dehydrated, your energy can dip dramatically. Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water a day. Second, plan an intelligent morning routine. Get up, drink two glasses of water and exercise intensely for 20 minutes to get your breathing going and your heart rate up. Third, wait one hour, then eat a balanced breakfast of proteins and carbohydrates. If you follow this routine, you'll burn fat, clear your mind, and increase your energy for the day.

Contrary to what many people think, sitting around doing nothing makes you tired. The bottom line is, the more energy you expend, the more energy you expand.