4 Life Hacks That Will Improve Your Health in 15 Minutes or Less

I’ve got to admit: I’m a sucker for anything that improves my efficiency or keeps me more organized. Who doesn’t love those articles about life hacks and other shortcuts that allow you to bust through annoying obstacles and change your life for the better?

But what I’m really passionate about is getting people to adopt new habits to become healthier. That’s why I want to share these life hacks for your health – little tweaks here and there that make a big difference in your overall quality of life. The best part is each one takes just 15 minutes.

1. Reset your alarm.

I used to jolt awake each morning to the sound of a blaring alarm or to my 3-year-old asking, “Is it time to get up yet?” My startled reaction shouldn’t come as a surprise – one of the Merriam-Webster dictionary’s definitions of the word “alarm” is “a feeling of fear caused by a sudden sense of danger.”

Is that how you want to start your day? Not me. So I started waking up earlier (and to a nicer sound) in order to be up before the kids. I wanted to set the day’s tone by acting on – not reacting to – whatever came my way. The result? I felt more controlled and happier, and it all started by waking up 15 minutes earlier to a more enjoyable sound.

2. Chop your veggies.

There are few things that bother me more than finding bags of rotting vegetables in the refrigerator’s crisper bin. But some weeks, my best intentions to eat fruits and vegetables are stronger than my follow-through. I solved that problem when I started prepping my vegetables for the week.

3. Stretch.

As an exercise physiologist, I know the importance of flexibility. But as a time-crunched mom and professional, I also know how tempting it can be to cut stretching out of your workout. But flexibility work is the one thing you shouldn’t skip. That’s why a 15-minute stretching session is my secret weapon for staying limber and reducing injuries.

4. Walk.

In Europe, it’s common to take a stroll around the village or piazza in the evening. I’ve always found this custom charming as it builds a sense of community. But it’s more than a great opportunity to connect with others – this practice can also improve your health.

In our busy lives, it’s too easy to say we don’t have time. No time to eat healthy. No time to take care of ourselves. But these life hacks prove you don’t need more 15 minutes to significantly improve your health – and how you feel.

via USNews


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