tips for a productive morning

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While Brushing Your Teeth
What to do: Deep squats (at least 20 of them).

What it does: Activating the large muscles in the thighs and butt quickly gets blood flowing to the brain, says John Ratey, MD, a Harvard associate professor and the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, reinvigorating it with oxygen, nutrients (like glucose) and performance-boosting chemicals. This move is still uncomplicated enough to do with a toothbrush in your hand.

How it makes you more productive: It activates your brain and turns on the cells you'll need for creative thinking, says Ratey (and brushing, of course, freshens your breath).