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Ask Dr. Lee – “How Do I Increase My Energy Levels?”

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C. M. Lee, Jr. MDOne of the most common questions I get from patients is, “How do I increase my energy levels?” Many people find themselves in a state of feeling drained and without energy throughout the week. The first question I usually ask is, “How often do you work out?” You may be surprised by this question, but in more cases than not a lack of an exercise regimen leads to fatigue and low energy levels — energy comes from motion!

Our bodies will mirror what our brains tell it.

If you look at studies on muscle failure you will find that most fatigue is mental. That being said, in the studies the muscle was physically able to continue work, (ie. it had an energy source and wasn’t electrolyte depleted). It simply needed the voluntary signal from the brain, but the participant would fail to continue work – leaving the explanation to be willpower and not true muscle fatigue.

You can influence your energy levels by expending energy. It sounds counterintuitive at first, but it’s all about state and cycle. Here’s how it works.

Energetic State

If you want to move to a state of more energy you must envision yourself there first. With this visualization you now need to move as if you are energetic. This is where working out, running, riding your bike, and eating healthy come in. Treat yourself like the energetic, healthy person you want to be. It all starts with mimicking the state you wish to achieve.

Mood and Outlook

Studies have shown consistently that exercising has the ability to elevate mood in healthy patients as well has those with disease. Many of us can attest to the “high” we get after running. This is due to endorphins that are released during exercise that decrease our perception of pain.

Increased Blood Flow

By using energy to exercise you help to dilate vessels and increase blood flow to your brain, eyes, and muscles. This helps with function, removing toxins, and decreases your overall chance of disease.

Physical Exhaustion

When you tire yourself out with physical exertion you hit the bed exhausted. This results in better rest and deeper sleep. I recommend working out in the morning with a minimum of 20 minutes cardio to increase your heart rate. By waking up earlier you reset your bedtime and are able to fall asleep earlier and easier. Here’s a blog on the importance of rising early.

As we have just learning, using energy leads to more energy, better bodily function and mood, and deeper replenishing sleep. In short, if you want to be more of anything you must act in accordance with that vision. You want more energy? Will yourself to use energy.

Put yourself in an energetic state by Moving.

Dr. Lee is an author, speaker, physician and the CEO/Founder of CMLEEJR Co. a personal empowerment brand dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through health education and the use of positive psychology. Dr. Lee's personal memoir "Well, My Mom Says..." is due for release in May 2014. As a USAF Flight Surgeon, Dr. Lee is responsible for the care of Air Force pilots and flyers. He has been featured in the Sacramento Business Journal, The Word Magazine, and others. For more information or to contact Dr. Lee please visit www.cmleejr.com.

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2Chainz Pretty Girls Fit Fest: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

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Atlanta’s Hottest Fitness Trainers Missy Mostrom, Stephanie LeBeau, DaShaun “Guru” Johnson & Lana Ector Whipped Over 200 Pretty Girls into Shape at Center Stage for the Release of 2Chainz “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” Album  

This past Thursday, June 15th over 200 of Atlanta’s prettiest girls showed up to the Loft at Center Stage in athletic gear for one reason…because they love trap music! Event attendees were excited and ready to sweat it out to 2Chainz new album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” with a few of Atlanta’s hottest fitness trainers and were surprised to receive an official “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” pink yoga mat which came in handy during the three 45-minute workout sessions.

Session 1 featured trainers Stephanie LeBeau and Missy Mostrom of VESTA who opened the night with kickboxing moves and rotational exercises that increased heartbeats and spirits. Then the Guru of Abs himself, Dashaun Johnson, took the stage for Session 2 and after a quick warm up he turned it up and took it off! Always one to focus on breathing during his workouts, you could hear the ladies calling out the numbers of their sets throughout the entire venue. To close out the night in Session 3, Lana Ector came to represent that Black Women Workout Too and showed all the pretty girls that a little twerking can be considered a workout too.

Throughout the evening attendees were able to relax in the Pretty Girls lounge wherein they previewed the “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” album and refreshed themselves with Propel Electrolyte Water.The next stop on the Trap Fitness tour will be….well you just have to stay tuned to find out.

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Fantasia’s ‘Journey to Fit’ – See the Exercises that Helped Refine Her Sexy

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The All New Black Fitness Today Podcast!

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The Black Fitness Today Podcast is here! Allow us to re-introduce ourselves:

We’re Ilen and Lauren Bell, the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today! We want to take things a step further and start a podcast to further connect with you, and bring you even more interviews, tips and tools to keep you fit, empowered and inspired!

What better way to kick things off than by interviewing the fitness industry’s most trusted consultant and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp – the fast growing fitness business in the world – Bedros Keuilian! He was even recently named one of the “20 Faces of Franchising” by Global Franchise Magazine. But his success was hard earned. Bedros and his family immigrated to America from Armenia, with less than $300. But his family’s determination and will to overcome led Bedros from digging through dumpsters for food, to reaching massive professional and personal success.

Listen to this motivating and informative episode as Bedros drops gems for days – – not only for the current and aspiring fitness professional, but for anyone looking to elevate their life! What does hitting the snooze button really mean subconsciously? How do you make time for healthy living while always on the go? What’s the best way for fitness professionals to avoid burnout and make their passion into a profitable living? Get answers to these questions and so much more.
Keeping you fit, inspired and empowered! We are Black Fitness Today. The premier fitness lifestyle brand for the black community.

Listen to “Bedros Keuilian: From Homeless Personal Trainer to Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Empire” on Spreaker.

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