Do you want to live healthier, but wish it was easier? Check out these 14 easy health hacks that can help you live healthier and feel better!
I was recently reading my Weight Watchers magazine (March/April 2018), that I got for free by the way from freebizmag.com. I read an article that I really liked about 31 health hacks. It was written by Jessica Cassity. (By the way, I’m not a member of Weight Watchers, I just figured I could get some good healthy living tips from the magazine.)
Jessica mentions 31 different health hacks that can help you feel fantastic. I just chose 14 of them that seemed like something most people would enjoy doing.
14 Easy Ways to Help You Live Healthier
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1. Try Dancing. Dancing is good for your brain and your physical health. It can help make your brain younger, according to a brain health researcher, Marc Milstein, PhD. You also get a good physical workout from dancing. (If you’ve ever been a dance mom like me, you know how hard those girls work!) Your brain gets the most workout from learning something new, so learn a new dance. There’s lots of Youtube videos that will teach you how to dance. It’s even something fun that you and your kids can learn together!
2. Eat more at breakfast. I’m sure you’ve always heard how important it is to eat your breakfast! Well, it’s actually true. In the article it talks about a 2013 study that the journal Obesity did. They found “that women who ate the majority of their calories for breakfast lost more weight and felt more full than women who consumed most of their calories at dinner.” Wow, sounds like it’s worth the try! Here’s some healthy options:
3. Eat Mediterranean food. My doctor even suggested this to me just recently at my latest physical. This diet is full of healthy fats that have lots of health benefits. One thing it talks about in the article is that it can help relieve acid reflux. Scientists from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and New York Medical College did a study on this. They gave people an acid reflux medicine and had others follow the Mediterranean diet. Amazingly, following the diet worked as well as the medicine. That’s awesome! Especially for someone like me who’s allergic to lots of medicines! This is a great way to live healthier! Here’s some examples of what to eat on a Mediterranean diet:
4. Exercise to your favorite song. This one sounds like something I would love to do! You already know listening to your favorite song can make you feel happier. Well, it can also make working out easier. Personal trainer, Katie Dunlop, suggests, “Start up the song you just love and challenge yourself to do a specific exercise until it ends. I often do this with squats, seeing how many I can do and trying to add more each time.” Since I like to walk, I think I would see how far I can walk during the song. Then, challenege myself to walk further the next time.
5. Don’t just sit there while waiting for your dinner reservation to be called. When you get to a restaurant and have to put your name on the list, don’t just look for the nearest place to sit down. A lot of places have pagers now that they give you when you put your name in. So, you’re not tied to staying in the restaurant. So, go outside and take a walk! You are burning calories and building up your appetite for dinner. Plus, you get a chance to have a nice conversation with your dinner companions without having to shout over everyone else in the restaurant.
6. Get encouragement from someone else. This doesn’t have to do with healthy eating or exercise, but it’s still very important to living healthier! If you’re feeling down, get in touch with someone who can offer you encouragement. This can be through a phone call, text, social media, etc. The article suggests asking, “What’s the best thing about this week?” or “What’s the coolest thing you heard today?” Then, when they tell you their answer, you’ll feel better and more positive too!
7. Listen to a book while you walk. This was suggested in the article by personal trainer, Erin Oprea. She suggests, “Download a book you know you’re not going to want to put down. Then, only listen to it during your walk.” That way, you’re bound to keep walking because you don’t want to stop before you get to the end of a chapter. Plus, you’ll want to walk again the next day, because you want to know what happens in the next chapter.
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8. Try a HIIT workout. HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. Kari Saitowitz, founder of Fhitting Room, explains how to do a HIIT workout.
- For 20 seconds, do an intense power move such as burpees, squats, or sit-ups with all-out efort.
- Rest for 10 seconds.
- Repeat the 20/10 cycle 8 times. In four minutes, you’re done!
The article says if you do these kinds of exercises regularly, it can give you similar benefits as doing a moderate 20 minute workout. That’s amazing that you can only work out for 4 minutes! If you don’t have much time, this sounds like something you might try. If your dr. approves, of course.
9. You can exercise while you watch t.v. You don’t have to give up watching your favorite t.v. show! James Shapiro, founder of Primal Power Fitness in New York City gives a great suggestion. He says, “As the opening and closing credits of each episode roll, hold a plank for as long as you can.” If you’ve never done a plank before, you can put your hands on the back of the seat or sofa.
Also, I think if you can’t do a plank, just do something else that you can do during the opening and closing, or even the commercials. Maybe walk around the living room, do some leg raises, arm lifts, etc. Anything you can do in those few minutes will help you live healthier.
10. Make sure you drink enough water. In the article, holistic health coach MaryAnn Jones suggests, “Choose a beautiful glass or bottle for your water then add in a rainbow of fruit, veggies and herbs.” It will be so pretty, that you’ll want to drink it! I talk more about this in Step #4 in this post: 7 Easy Tips on How to Lose Weight Under 40
11. Make cleaning fun! Instead of dreading cleaning, turn it into something fun to do. You can set your timer for 4 minutes. Katherine Corp, co-owner of Pilates on Fifth in NYC suggests, “then make it a game to see how much you can run around and clean in that amount of time. You’ll be amazed how tidy your house looks.” If you can get in 30 minutes of cleaning, you’ll even burn some calories! If you’re 165 lbs, you can burn 112 calories in that amount of time!
I think this would be a fun way to get your kids to help you with the cleaning too! You can have a contest to see who can complete their cleaning task before the timer goes off. Or, who got the most cleaning done in the 4 minutes! Here’s some things to get you started:
12. Workout with a friend. It’s so much more motivating to workout with someone else. It can make the time pass much quicker if you’re walking with a friend, enjoying the conversation. Plus, for those of you that say you don’t have time to exercise, yet you have time for coffee with your friend, why not do both? You can walk to your local coffee shop with your friend, and enjoy a cup of coffee. Then, walk back together.
13. Salmon has lots of health benefits. There’s lots of healthy food trends that are popular for a moment, but then fade away. However, salmon is something that has always stood the test of time. It’s really good for your heart because of its omega-3 fatty acids. I talk about this in my post, How to Shop for Heart Healthy Meat and Nuts.
14. Bike to work. More and more people are biking to work nowadays to live healthier. When I would take my daughter to the train in the mornings on her way to her college classes, we saw people arriving on their bikes. In fact, one of the ladies that works at her college, bikes to work. She leaves it at the train station and then rides home. Other people take their bike with them on the train. Even buses have bike racks on the front of them now.
Also, if your work is within biking distance, you can just bike all the way to work. Before the school year ended, they had a bike to school day, and some teachers even participated.
The article mentions that if you pass a gym while you’re on the way to work and feel guilty about not working out, here’s a solution! You can still get your exercise in and the health benefits from it “without adding another item to your to-do list. In a recent study, people who biked to work lost just as much fat as car commuters who did high intensity exercise at the gym.”
So, as you can see, no matter what you’re doing, you can find a way to get some health benefits into your day.
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