Exercises to Keep You Alert

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Certain exercises aren't just great for keeping you in shape - they're also great for keeping you alert. Learn about exercises that you can do to keep you alert with help from a fitness minister and certified peak performance coach in this free video clip.

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Hey there. My name is Jay Jones, celebrity peak performance coach and fitness minister, and today I'm going to demonstrate two exercises that you can do to stay alert. Now a lot of times we find ourselves sleepy, fatigued and not really up for a workout but I tell you what I'm going to demonstrate two exercises borrowed from the world of boxing that I think are fantastic exercises to keep you alert. Now the first one is what we call an imaginary jump rope. Now this is absolutely with no tools, you just imagine because the reason why you are going to be alert during these exercises is because you are going to employ your imagination. You're going to have to think as well as act so your brain is going to have to kick start and become alive. So the first one we're going to imagine we've got two handles and a rope and we're just going to jump and as we jump we're breathing, we're still working our arms, we're using our imagination, hear the rope go under our feet, to hear it breeze past our ears, we can hear the skipping of the rope and breathing in through the nose, out through the mouth and that blood will start rushing and breathe and recover. Now that's the first exercise. Now at this point you'll feel your heart rate increase, the oxygen to your brain is starting to flow a little stronger now and then we're going to follow the jump rope with the shadow boxing set. Alright, so if you are a right-hander, you want to put your left leg forward, right leg back. If you are a left-hander, right leg forward, left leg back, just remember the power is always in the back. I'm a right-hander, so my left leg forward, my right leg is back, my arms are up in the guard position, elbows protecting the ribcage and I'm throwing jabs and I'm using my imagination and I'm thinking about myself in a fight and I'm ducking the jab, boom and I'm coming back and I'm throwing the right hand cross and I feel it, I think I'm Muhammad Ali and I'm fighting Joe Frazier, I'm fighting Joe Frazier. My mind is in the game and then we come back to reality. And now we've started to feel different. Our bodies are starting to change, our perception and our ideology is starting to become a little more focused and now we start feeling a whole lot more alert. My name is Jay Jones, celebrity peak performance coach and fitness minister and those are just two fantastic exercises to help keep you alert.

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