We’re busy women and with work, family, and trying to hang onto some shred of a social life, so sometimes something has to give. And unfortunately, it’s often exercise and health that lose out. But Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, an integrative physician at Harvard Medical School, says a healthy lifestyle doesn’t actually have to take a lifetime to develop.
"Health is really an aggregate of the choices you make in daily life," she explains. “Doing something good for your health is better than doing nothing at all. Every little bit counts."
This is the kind of health advice we can get behind, because sometimes, a little bit is all we’re able to give. Here are some health habits Dr. Nerurkar suggests - and the best part is you can master them all in a minute or less. Seriously!
- Jump rope for one minute - It’ll raise your heart rate, burn calories, and even improve bone strength!
- Stand up straight - When you’re standing, sitting, or moving, make sure to straighten your spine and relax your shoulders. Your posture will improve and it could prevent lower back pain too.
- Smile or laugh - Even if you have to fake it, because it can improve your mood and lower stress. Remember this one during your next first date or job interview.
- Write down five things you're thankful for - Research shows expressing gratitude can boost optimism, improve physical and mental health, and even help us sleep better!
- Count to 10 when you’re angry - And take a slow, deep breath between each number to help you relax. It’ll calm you down and keep you from reacting while you’re mad.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule on the computer - Your eyes need a break from staring at the computer screen for hours on end. So every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to let your peepers rest.
Source: My Domaine