11:45 a.m.: Move your limbs.
"There are easy things you can do in an office—once an hour, if possible. For example, arch backward in your chair, reach your arms up to the ceiling and stretch. Or extend your arms back behind you, lace your hands together, and squeeze the shoulder blades while lifting your breastbone up. Or just stand up and shift your hips side to side, putting weight on one foot, then the other."
— Lesley Powell, director of Movements Afoot Pilates studio in New York City
"When I'm stuck on a plane, I do leg lifts. I raise one leg at a time, keeping my knees parallel, back nice and straight. I point and flex each foot, then rotate it clockwise and counterclockwise, three sets of 10 with each leg. It's a small workout—quad, calf—and it keeps my core tight. If your core is tight, everything flows."
— Swin Cash
Lunch—refresh your senses.
"Eat something bright and juicy. For me that would be a salad with arugula, avocado, and beets with a little torn mint and a citrus vinaigrette, which doesn't have to be more than olive oil and fresh orange. Pasta or a sandwich can make you feel weighed down. I also think it's important to surround yourself with beautiful things. Instead of eating out of plastic, keep a wood salad bowl and real fork in your desk."
— Suzanne Goin, owner of Los Angeles restaurants Lucques and A.O.C. and coauthor of Sunday Suppers at Lucques
"I'm a huge fan of water. I sometimes feel like a plant that's started to wither, then literally comes back to life with water. The other miracle is a mixture of kale, collards, and mustard greens, steamed or boiled with garlic, dill and caramelized onions. When you eat them (a cup at least twice a day), you feel zesty instead of dragging—and I swear my skin is like silk. And when a woman is feeling good about her body, others can feel it—she has a sensual presence."
— Renee Robinson, dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for 25 years
Don't wait to inhale.
"I put a little drop of comforting scent on my leather watchband, and I smell it over the course of a day. It reconnects me with myself."
— Robin Coe-Hutshing
4 p.m.: Get up from your desk.
"Rather than e-mailing or phoning people at work, I walk over to their desks. Plus, I always take the stairs."
The end of the day: Give your body and mind a little time to regroup.
"After I leave work, I take a 10- to 30-minute walk to clear my thinking and help me wind down. I especially love to walk through a park—the beauty of the outdoors is always a welcome wake-up from being inside all day."
— Lesley Powell
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