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It’s 3 p.m. and it’s happening again. You feel drowsy, irritable, like you need a quick pick-me-up. You take a look at that jar of M&Ms sitting on your desk. That will take care of everything, you think. You reach for a handful. You feel perky for the next 20 minutes, then feel even worse. You lay what feels like a too-heavy head on your arms and peer over at that jar again. You reach for another handful. Before long you have consumed a day’s worth of calories in junk food…

If this sounds familiar, let me make a suggestion. The next time you need a pick-me-up, opt for a permanent solution – activity. Caffeine and sugar only offer a temporary high, followed by an energy drop-out. The energy drop outs only lead you to believe you need even more (sugar and caffeine) to bring you out of that next slump.

Activity, on the other hand, will leave you feeling better for hours. Even if you are still at work, you can choose to do more active projects during times when you typically have energy lows. Make phone calls while standing and pacing around the room. Do a few knee lifts and squats while you talk (and offer up an energetic wave to people staring at you in near by cubicles). If energy lows happen when you can go to the gym, use that as your workout time, to pull you out of the slump. Manytimes people who initially think they are too tired to exercise find that they don’t feel tired at all once they get moving. The activity choice is a clear winner. You can either consume hundreds of calories of candy and end up feeling worse or burn off hundreds of calories and feel like a million bucks. Is that a no-brainer or what?