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Quick & Easy Commercial Break Workouts

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Have you ever tried commercial break workouts? Instead of fast-forwarding or zoning out during your favorite show's commercials, we invite you to use those extra minutes to get up and get active! The next time you're tuning in to your fave TV show, we challenge you to take on these four commercial break workouts!

This V-Crunch workout from Women's Health Magazine targets arms, abs, and legs. All you'll need is a comfortable flat surface and a dumbbell or medicine ball.
  1. Lie on your back with arms stretched above your head holding your weighted object and legs straight, elevated from the ground several inches
  2. Crunch your straightened arms and legs simultaneously up until they touch
  3. Lower down to previous position, keeping your limbs elevated off of the ground
  4. Repeat in 30 second intervals with 15-second breaks until your show resumes

Standing Weighted Lunges
Lunges are a fantastic way to work your lower body, and these standing weighted lunges require minimal space. If you're finding this exercise easy, take it to the next level and add weights for a simultaneous arm workout.
  1. Begin by standing up straight while holding desired weights with arms straight down at your sides
  2. Start with bringing your right knee up and forward as your left knee moves down to the floor
  3. As you advance into the right lunge, lift your right forearm upwards to bring your weight parallel to your shoulder.
  4. After action is complete, immediately return backwards to original standing position
  5. Repeat this movement with your left leg and arm
  6. Continue alternating sides throughout the commercial break
  7. You can also try alternating weight lifts with opposite legs during lunges

Frog Hops
Frog Hops work your quadriceps, calves, glutes, and hamstrings. Also known as the "prisoner squat jump," this exercise gets you moving and energizes your body.
  1. Stand with your hands touching behind your head
  2. Bend into a squat
  3. Jump forward a few feet at moderate height
  4. When your feet make contact with the ground, immediately try to jump to keep momentum and avoid harsh impact
  5. Repeat this 5-10 times in sets throughout your commercial break

Couch Dips
Why not use your couch as a workout aid? This exercise works your chest and shoulders and can be adjusted depending on your desired level of difficulty.
  1. Use a couch, chair, ottoman, table, or bench to serve as support during the exercise
  2. Sit in front of your furniture item facing away while holding on to the edge with hands extended separated at shoulder width
  3. Keep your legs extended in front of you perpendicular to your torso and bent at the waist
  4. Bend your elbows to slowly lower your body to create a 90 degree angle between your forearm and upper arm
  5. Lift yourself up using your triceps to your initial position
  6. Repeat dips in sets of 10-15 with short interval breaks in between. Increase difficulty by slightly elevating your feet on another flat surface

Quick and easy exercises like these are a great way to stay active, alert, and energized during your commercial breaks. Don't forget to grab a bottle of 5-hour ENERGY® to help you power through your mini workouts! Have your own quick commercial break exercises? Share them with us!


Fans Asked, Clint Bowyer Answered!

Friday, March 20, 2015
Ever wonder what Clint Bowyer's favorite 5-hour ENERGY® shot is? Or how fatherhood is treating him? We sat down with Clint to ask him a handful of the questions you wanted us to ask him earlier this year!

Recently, one of our racing fans asked, "Does Clint Bowyer take a 5-hour ENERGY® shot before races?"

It's no surprise that Clint said "Of course I drink 5-hour ENERGY®!" On race day, Clint has to stay energized and focused. With our new and improved taste and 10 great flavors, Clint can fuel up in minutes and feel awake and alert for hours.

Here are examples of some of the questions fans are asking Clint:

  • What type of NASCAR memorabilia do you collect?
  • How much 'home time' do you get between weekly races?
  • When do you take your 5-hour ENERGY®?
  • How many 5-hour ENERGY® shots does it take to get through Speedweeks?

Tune in to our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages every Friday to see if Clint has the answer to your question! Also, be sure to subscribe to stay up to date with all of the #AskClint questions. Yours may be answered next!

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Tips on Staying Alert, Focused & Productive at Work

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It happens to everyone, and if it hasn't happened to you yet, it will; falling asleep at work. Busy schedules, long hours, red-eye flights and early meetings don't mesh well with our sleep schedules. Even if you aren't tired, it may be hard to stay productive when the days are getting shorter and colder. If you are having trouble concentrating at the office, check out these fun tips on staying alert and productive at work.

Stay Cool
Warm temperatures make you feel relaxed and sleepy. Heat can also intensify feelings of pressure, frustration and stress, so stay cool throughout the day by hydrating yourself with a cold glass of water and fresh foods like fruits and veggies. If your office gets warm, bring a desk fan to work to keep you cool and refreshed.

Stand Up and Energize
Stuck at a desk job? Many professions require you to sit for the majority of the day, so when you're starting to lose focus stand up and stretch for a few minutes. Sitting all day can take a toll on your mind and body, so periodically getting up to walk around or stretch will give you a mini break and help you feel refreshed.

Get Outside
Try taking a quick walk to get some fresh air during your lunch break. The more you are moving around, the less likely you are to doze off in your office chair. If you have to be inside for the majority of your work, you can still take a break and step outside to clear your head. During your break, mentally make a list of all the things you need to accomplish for the day. It’s amazing how much the great outdoors can motivate you!

Plan a Vacation
Everyone needs a break, so why not schedule a vacation? It doesn't have to be expensive or extravagant, just take a few days off to relax. After you've booked your days off, make a list of all the projects you need to get done at work before your time off. Having something fun to look forward to will help motivate you to work hard.

Take a Nap
If all else fails, take a quick nap! A 20 minute power nap can help rejuvenate your restless body. Don't have time for a nap? If you're really dragging your feet, a bottle of your favorite 5-hour ENERGY® flavor can help you ditch that 2:30 feeling®.

For those days when you struggle to stay awake and productivity is hard to find, remember these little tips to re-energize and keep you alert, focused and productive!

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