BOOSTS BRAIN­POWER: A morn­ing stretch

First For Women - - Health -

Take 15 min­utes af­ter wak­ing up to gen­tly stretch the large mus­cle groups in your body—touch your toes, reach for the sky, squeeze your shoul­der blades to­gether—and you’ll in­crease your fo­cus by 38 per­cent for 4 hours. Why? Ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish re­searchers, stretch­ing these mus­cles at the start of your day stim­u­lates the pro­duc­tion of acetyl­choline and en­dor­phins—fo­cus-en­hanc­ing neu­ro­trans­mit­ters that are in short sup­ply in the early morn­ing hours.

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