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5 Ways To Make The Most Of Motivational Quotes

Friday, January 31, 2014
Finding motivation can be difficult, especially when days are shorter and colder. Motivation is a necessary part of life; whether you use your drive to stick to a workout plan, perform well at your job, ace your next exam or all of the above. Instead of getting stuck in a slump, here are a few quick ways you can use the encouraging words of others to be all that you can be. We'll even get you started with a few of our favorite quotes, too!

Stick Them to Your Bathroom Mirror
The bathroom is one of the first places we go in the morning, right? This is the reason why your bathroom mirror makes for a great location for some morning motivation! Gather some quotes that you like, write them on a pad of sticky notes and without looking, put one on your bathroom mirror each night. This way, one of the first things you'll see in the mornings is a daily dose of motivation!

Three quotes for your bathroom mirror:
  • “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” –Marcus Aurelius
  •  “Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” –Alfred A. Montapert
  •  “I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning…every day I find something creative to do with my life.” –Miles Davis

Get A “Shot of Positivity”
Do you love Pinterest? We do, too! One of our Pinterest boards, titled “Shot of Positivity” is filled with awesome quotes that will get you motivated. We’re always pinning our favorite quotes, so follow us to stay updated!

Randomly Write Them in Your Planner
Writing your to-dos in a planner is a great way to keep tasks, meetings and appointments organized, but having everything you need to do in front of you can also be overwhelming. Take a few minutes to randomly page through your planner and write down a few motivational quotes. This way, when you are faced with a stressful day of to-dos, you’ll have some extra motivation to help you make it through your list!

Three quotes for your planner:
  • “If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” –Jim Rohn
  • “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” –Thomas Edison
  • “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –C.S. Lewis

Follow us on Twitter for #MotivationalMonday
Have you ever met someone who loves Mondays? Probably not! This is why every Monday we tweet an inspiring quote with the hashtag #MotivationalMonday. We want to help your week get off to the right start! Follow us on Twitter for our #MotivationalMonday quotes.

Stick Them to Your Car Dashboard
There are days when we all need a little extra push to get to work in the morning. Whether yesterday was a stressful day at work or you’re just waiting for the weekend, sometimes going to work is the last thing you want to do. To give yourself a little extra encouragement, use the same strategy as the bathroom mirror quotes from above and stick an inspiring quote to your car's dashboard the night before.

Three quotes for your dashboard:
  • “I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” –Ken Venturi
  • “Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.” –Victor Kiam
  • “If you can dream it, you can do it.” –Walt Disney

Motivation is an essential part of our daily lives. The next time you're feeling less than ambitious at work, at school, or at home, we hope you try out one of these ideas! Share your favorite motivational quotes with us in a comment, on our Facebook page, our Google+ page or tweet us!

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Outdoor Winter Workout Tips

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Cold temperatures, ice, slush and snow aren't exactly an incentive to head outdoors to work out during the winter. On top of the harsh weather, the days are shorter and it gets darker earlier, which can make it hard to find the motivation to exercise. It's known that daily physical activity keeps your mind and body healthy, so the 5-hour ENERGY® team is here to help you get focused and make the most of your workouts!

Safety First
If the evening is when you exercise, it will most likely be dark by the time you head outside for your workout.
For your safety, it is incredibly important to wear some type of reflective or fluorescent clothing so cars and other people can see you. In addition, if you're walking or running in the road remember to go against the traffic flow so on-coming traffic can easily see you.

What To Wear
Not sure what to wear for your outdoor winter workout? The key is layers! You'll be colder in the beginning of your workout, but once you get your blood pumping you’ll warm up and want to take off a layer or two. Avoid wearing any cotton garments because once you start sweating, cotton retains that moisture and you'll get colder later. Wear synthetic materials that will pull moisture away from your skin once you begin perspiring. And don't forget about your nose, fingers and ears; they need to be covered too since they are at the highest risk for freezing!

Take It Easy
When you head outdoors for your workout, avoid slippery areas by looking for snow that's already packed down. This gives you traction you need, but remember, it's also easy for ice to hide under powdery snow. If sidewalks aren't shoveled or look icy, run on the street if there isn’t heavy traffic. It's also important to remember that speed isn’t everything; once you find your footing, stick to a pace that's comfortable to you.

Easy Breathing
Breathing in cold weather can be more difficult than during warmer weather, especially when your heart rate is up. If you can, try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth during your workout to help warm the air before it enters your lungs. Since this can be challenging as your breathing rate increases, an easy alternative would be tying a bandana, scarf or other thin layer of fabric around your mouth to moisten the cold, dry air.

As soon as you're done with your workout, you should remove your damp clothes. Staying in sweaty clothing increases the amount of heat leaving your body. Don’t forget to re-hydrate after your workout. It's easy to forget to drink water during the winter but you still lose water through sweating, so be sure to drink plenty of water after your workout!

There's no reason you can't exercise outdoors during the winter, you just have to take the proper steps! Share with us, do you work out outdoors year-round? What are your tips for a safe and productive winter workout? Share with us in a comment, on our Facebook page, Google+ page or tweet us!


Living Essentials, LLC Presents Check To Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Friday, January 10, 2014
The 5-hour ENERGY® team is proud to announce that through the sales of our limited edition Raspberry flavor, our distributor, Living Essentials, LLC, was able to donate $344,269.20 to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC). LBBC is a national nonprofit education and support organization that serves women and families affected by breast cancer. Thanks to the support from our amazing fans, this money will help LBBC introduce a series of new initiatives and expand its existing services.

From August 15 through December 31, 2013, Living Essentials committed to donating five cents of each bottle of Raspberry flavor sold, with a minimum donation of $75,000. Last year's pink initiative with the introduction of our Pink Lemonade flavor was a success, so we were hoping our fans would respond positively again to our new temporary flavor. You didn't let us down!

“The 5-hour ENERGY® advertisements have increased the visibility of LBBC's educational and support services to a national audience and we are pleased to respond to them. Combined with the financial donation from Living Essentials, LBBC is reaching more people and providing them with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.” –Jean Sachs, MSS, MLSP, Living Beyond Breast Cancer CEO.

We want to thank our fans for their support because we could not have donated as much as we did to LBBC without you!

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New Year’s Resolutions That Aren’t Losing Weight: Part II

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
New Year, new you! Although 2014 is already underway, it's never too late to make a New Year's resolution! You may remember we wrote a Blog post about New Year's resolutions that aren't losing weight last year, but we wanted to expand on that post this year. This year weight loss continues to be the number one resolution, according to a study from the University of Scranton. If this is your resolution, we encourage you to go for it! But we wanted to share a few other ideas that can help you lead a happier and healthier lifestyle, too!

Stress Less
For many of us, stress is a part of our daily lives. Our bodies are equipped to handle some stress, but too much of it can negatively impact your mental and physical health. According to WebMD, too much stress can lead to headaches, an upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain and problems sleeping. Whether you’re stressed out at work, at home or at school, there are several different methods you can use to manage your stress. Some include keeping a positive attitude, practicing good time management, practicing deep breathing, getting enough sleep, eating well-balanced meals, and learning to be assertive.

Help Others
There are always organizations that could use some extra help, whether it is your local food pantry, animal shelter, elderly home or elsewhere. Volunteering not only benefits the people you’re helping, but it also makes you feel good; it's a win-win! We know everyone has busy schedules, but simply volunteering a few hours of your time each month can go a long way. If you want to volunteer, you can start by asking your local non-profit organizations if they could use more help. We’re proud to give back to organizations across the country including Operation Gratitude, Veteran Tickets Foundation, Gleaners Community Food Bank and inspiring individuals in our Amazing People Program.

Learn Something Else New
We included ‘learning something new’ on our list of New Year's resolutions for 2013, but it's important to keep your mind fresh! You should never stop learning, so make it a point this year to master a new skill or uncover a hidden talent. Learning something new can lead to newfound hobbies, new relationships and personal growth. Not sure what you should try? Consider learning a new language, playing an instrument, how to sew or how to become an excellent chef! If you don't want to go at it alone, look in your area to see if there are classes or groups of people who are doing what you want to do.

Make 2014 your year! Do you already have a resolution for the New Year? Share your goals with us in a comment, on our Facebook page or tweet us- we’d love to hear them! Happy New Year from the team at 5-hour ENERGY®!