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Tips for Powering Through Finals Week

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
April is winding down, and for college students that means finals are right around the corner. Instead of pulling all-nighters, we want to help our college fans be ready to ace their exams! Check out this list of tips so you'll feel calm, cool, collected and confident when final week rolls around.

Plan Ahead
It doesn't do you any good to pull an all-nighter the day before your exam. You might think the information will be fresh in your mind after an all night study session when in reality you'll be tired, groggy and you'll likely experience information overload! Instead of cramming, start studying for your finals now. Spend an hour or so each night studying so you can break your study sessions into small increments instead of trying to learn everything all at once.

Get Organized
When you know the dates and times of your exams, write them down so you can start prioritizing your studies. Odds are you're more confident with certain subjects than others, so start studying the subject that needs the most work first. Be sure to keep track of any note cards or study guides you make; you wouldn't want to waste study time doubling up on work or searching your dorm or apartment for your papers!

Know How You Need to Study
Do you retain information best with note cards? Do you prefer to study in groups? Do you find tutors helpful? Or maybe your best way to study is in a quiet environment by yourself. It's important that you're honest with yourself when it comes to how you study; what works best for other people won't necessarily work best for you. So find out what study methods and environments are best for you and stick to them!

Take Breaks
This may seem counter-intuitive during the craziness of finals week, but it's important that you remember to give yourself breaks. After studying non-stop, you can start to lose focus or you reach a point when it's too much and you can't retain information anymore. Every so often take a quick break to avoid burning out-because you deserve it!

Are your exams right around the corner? Share your study tips with us! Post them in a comment or on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ page! Happy studies!


Get Energized for Spring Cleaning

Monday, April 6, 2015

It's that time of year again! Winter is gone, and it's time for some deep Spring cleaning. Instead of dreading the hours you'll spend sprucing up, think of it as an energizing and rewarding experience to prep for warmer days! So how can you get energized and find the motivation for spring cleaning?

First off, remember that all of your hard work will pay off. Although it may seem like a daunting task, cleaning your home can be an exercise that creates a healthier and happier environment for everyone. Instead of thinking of spring cleaning as a chore, think of it as much-needed exercise for your physical and mental health.

Once you're ready to get the ball rolling, it's a good idea to make a list of all the places that need cleaning before you begin. This way you can prioritize and avoid missing some easily overlooked areas like these:

  1. Dusty window sills, baseboards and hard-to-reach surfaces: Often these locations are out of site and out of mind, but getting rid of dust can improve the air quality in your home.
  2. Dirty electronics: Our desktop monitors, TV screens and phones accumulate tons of dust and oils from frequent use. Keep your gadgets in tip-top shape by keeping screens sparkling and keyboards crumb-free.
  3. Pillows and mattress: While throwing your bedding in the wash might be second-nature, don't forget about the surfaces they cover! Most pillows can be machine or hand-washed. Use baking soda or a sunny day with low humidity to naturally kill off hidden bacteria in your mattress.
  4. Grimy shower curtain: Do you remember the last time you changed your shower curtain liner? If the answer is no, then it's probably time to!
  5. Cluttered car: It's easy to overlook your car when it comes time to clean! When you're doing your spring cleaning, take some extra time to head out to your car to give it a thorough cleaning. Make those windows shine, vacuum out mysterious crumbs and de-clutter your glove box.

Still not feeling motivated for spring cleaning? Well, have you tried 5-hour ENERGY® lately? 5-hour ENERGY® shots are a quick way to fuel up while you refresh your home this spring. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to share your spring cleaning triumphs!


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!