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Nothing beats a combination of cardio and resistance training for a burst of quick energy. Both enhance blood flow, spreading oxygen and nutrients to your brain and muscles. This duo increases heart rate and boosts metabolism. It also causes the release of endorphins — feel-good hormones that are produced when you exercise -- this easy routine burns 150 calories and requires only a jump rope.Do the series twice for a total of 20 minutes. Do the workout twice a week to tone up and get energy that lasts all day.

Q and A:

Q: Does it matter what time of day I work out and if so what time is best?

A: The best time is when you can do it. The only thing about mornings, is that the disks in your back are more full of liquid and more prone to injury do to compression/torsion. If you workout in the AM, try to do it after an hour or more of moving around and be sure to practice really good form (ie., don't sloppily bend over to pickup dumbells with a curved back...).

Cortisol levels are highest in the morning too. Late afternoon is when most people's energy levels are highest. A morning workout will give you an energy boost for the rest of the day, however you'll get more out of a late afternoon workout, when energy levels are higher.

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