Bahar Takhtehchian of Shape magazine reveals how to give yourself an energy boost in the afternoon to power through the end of the work day.
East Coasters know what we're talking about: It's 3 p.m., and despite your ever-growing, never-shrinking to-do list, all you want to do is curl up in a ball and nap under your desk. But it'll come for you soon enough, West Coasters -- the 3 o'clock crash hits all of us, as Bahar Takhtehchian of Shape magazine explained to Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on TODAY this morning.
Here are Takhtehchian's tips:
Move it! Try swapping out your desk chair for a stability ball, or do a couple of bicep curls. (No, really.) The physical activity will wake up your body and your brain.
Avoid a sugary snack. It'll just make you more tired. Instead, try fresh fruit, some low-fat cheese or applesauce.
Stay hydrated. This means stay away from coffee or other caffeinated beverages, which will provide a quick energy boost, and then you'll crash. Plus, the caffeine will dehydrate you. Gulp down water or caffeine-free tea instead.
Watch the video for more ideas. How do you beat the 3 p.m. slump? Leave a comment with your secrets.