Men's Health tell use how to do what you love without wearing out.

Water down stress

Turn off Tidal and listen to actual tides. The journal Health Environments Research reports that people who listened to the sound of ocean waves began to calm down within just seven minutes. It's all about the "biophilia hypothesis," or the idea that human survival instincts are bound to natural surrounding because that's the environment in which we evolved. Download an app like Ocean Wave Sounds for Sleep and Relaxation free at iTunes.

Hack Your Hormones

Hormones can energize or exhaust you. For instance, testosterone helps you build muscle; chronic excess cortisol, a stress hormone, is linked to burnout. But working out for 40 minutes four mornings a week can raise your T levels and reduce cortisol, a study suggests. Jog in place and do jumping jacks for a minute each; then walk for the tree minutes. Next, walk briskly for three minutes and run for two. Then do 3 sets of 10 reps each for front, high knees, and lunges with 20 seconds of rest in between. Follow with 3 sets of 12 reps each of squats, push-ups, bridges, and sit-ups with 30-second rests. Stretch for five minutes.

Stick it to allergies

Call an acupuncturist. Needling might relieve persistent, energy sapping allergies by tamping down overactive immune responses. For best results, have 12 treatments, two or three a week, suggest John McDonald, Ph.D., of Australia's Griffith University School of Medicine.


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