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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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Leading Online Retailer Yandy.com CEO Dishes on Best Swimwear For You and Trends for 2017

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We think it’s fair to assume that our January cover feature, Elise Neal, can rock anything and make it look awesome – especially swimwear. In fact, her black and white mod one-piece suit from Yandy sold out soon after our cover release. 

So, but what about the rest of us (lol)? The summer season is fast approaching, and we’re all working hard to get our bodies ready. However, no physique is the same, so what swimwear works best for different body types? What are the hottest trends we can also look for? 

Black Fitness Today chatted with Yandy CEO Thom Brodeur to answer these questions and more. Beginning as a small, start-up business in 2005, Yandy.com has become the leading online retailer of sexy women’s specialty apparel. Yandy.com offers thousands of stylish items in everyday intimates, lingerie, swimwear and costumes for millions of women around the world, of all shapes and sizes. 


Thom, how is Yandy making a splash in the world of fashion?

Yandy’s goal is to make our mark by transforming the business from a marketplace of 10s of thousands of SKUs across a dozen+ categories to a fashion brand with a sharp eye for on-trend, fashion forward design, quality construction and materials, and the right fit for real women. Our objective is to provide a wide-but-manageable variety of sexy lingerie, everyday intimates (bra & panty), swimwear, active and loungewear to every woman in every shape, size and ethnicity all underscored by our core mission…to help every woman find and own her own brand of sexy.

The brand’s mission is to help every woman discover or re-discover her own brand of sexy. Whether a celebrity like Elise Neal or an everyday woman, how does Yandy swimwear cater to women of varying body types, and what styles/pieces are best for different body types (i.e., athletic, curvy, petite, etc.)? 
Our styles were designed with a wide range of tastes and requirements in mind. Our sporty high neck styles accentuate an athletic physique. Our sexy one piece suits with high cut legs look great on a petite frame, and our high waisted silhouettes hug a curvier figure in all the right places. If you saw the Yandy Swim 2017 Collection that debuted recently at New York Fashion Week; you would have seen models ranging from 5’7 to 6’, size 0 and up, body types from athletic to curvy and full figured, and a range in ethnicities to represent our perspective on what sexy swim is… on a global level. The ideal woman’s look, figure, shape and size is different any and everywhere in the world you go. Yandy wants to continue to bring more of that to the forefront.

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What are the biggest trends in swimwear for summer 2017?
We’ve designed and put a lot of high necklines, long sleeves, high cut hips, low plunging necklines, chic off-the-shoulder looks and high waisted styles into our latest swim collection, and so far, have seen very favorable customer response. We’re excited for swim season to kick into full gear. It’s always great to let the market pick your winners, and then refine your design efforts for future cycles based on real customer feedback.

The suit worn by Elise Neal on our Jan. cover was immediately highly sought after. What can a buyer expect when they receive their Yandy swimwear? 
Yandy customers can expect sophisticated, on-trend swimwear with unrivaled fit and quality, that when worn, will make them feel confident and sexy. 

Browse Yandy’s vast array of swimwear and specialty apparel, and keep up with the brand: 

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