|* SIP ICE WATER. It keeps your cells hydrated |
and also helps you burn calories (by raising your
metabolism, in response to the cold). Start the day
with eight to 16 ounces of ice water. Sip a 16-ounce
glass every hour or two, keeping one next to you at
work and at home. All told, you should drink eight
glasses a day. Finish up by 7 pm - to avoid having to
get up to use the bathroom after you go to bed.
* BASK IN BRIGHT LIGHT. Most people get a
powerful surge of energy from sunlight or bright
indoor light. To make the best use of this effect,
move your desk chair closer to a window, if possible.
Or, better yet, take a five-minute outdoor walk every
few hours. Indoors, replace incandescent or
fluorescent bulbs with full-spectrum "daylight" bulbs
from a lighting or health-food store (cost: $7 to $9
for bulbs, $12 to $20 for tubes).
* PERFORM MENTAL "CROSS-TRAINING."
Cross-training is the process by which you "stretch"
your mind in as many different directions as possible
by engaging in a variety of mental and physical
activities. Word puzzles and other games are an easy
way to perform this cross-training. Other ideas: Pick
a random sentence from the newspaper, then rearrange
the words to make a new sentence, play Scrabble or do
crossword puzzles, challenge a friend to chess or
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