Ever noticed how cranking up the radio makes you drive faster? That’s because music is energizing—especially if you sing along. Researchers in London found that singing solo increases energetic arousal and decreases tension nearly as much as a cardio workout. “You disconnect from the big U-Haul of worries that people carry around with them,” explains Dr. Teitelbaum. “You’re just being free for a while.” Choose a tune that really engages you—the one that makes you want to sing at the top of your lungs. Then sing it, sister! Bonus if you get out of your chair for your solo: Dr. Caldwell’s research shows that standing up can provide an instant surge of energy.
This caffeinated morning beverage is not only a savior when it comes to pushing through a midterm paper or work meeting. A cup of coffee (or the caffeine in it) is absorbed into the blood stream very quickly, speeding up heart rate and provide a metabolic boost that peaks at about three hours after drinking Caffeine and coffee: their influence on metabolic rate and substrate utilization in normal weight and obese individuals. Acheson, ., Zahorka-Markjewicz, B, Pittet, P, et al. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1980 May;33(5):989-97. Actions of caffeine in the brain with special reference to factors that contribute to its widespread use Fredholm, ., Bättig, K., Holmén, J., et al. Section of Molecular Neuropharmacology, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Pharmacological Reviews, 1999 Mar;51(1):83-133.