In fact, that when you hear about some way to improve your health, or shortcuts to your workout time that can improve your health, you are quick to write it down or incorporate it into your life, most likely.
So although these won’t take the place of your regular workouts or healthy eating habits, but you can think of these little health minutes as icing on the cake, so to speak.
It seems like most people today are aiming to lose weight or at least live a healthier lifestyle. But making major life changes all at once can be truly difficult. If you’re looking to start small, try some of these simple tricks:
Suppress Your Appetite
Another way to ward off cravings is to make sure that you stay fuller for longer. A tablespoon of falxseed can help you curb your appetite whenever you need it. If you can’t take the tablespoon of flaxseed on its own, then try adding some peanut butter to an apple slice and adding a dash of flaxseed to the top.
Beat Snack Cravings
One of the best ways to ward off after-dinner snack cravings? Brush your teeth!
“My favorite after-dinner snack is brushing my teeth,” she says. “If I did have a sweet craving, after brushing, it’s long gone.” Not only will brushing help alleviate cravings, but the minty taste left in your mouth will ruin the taste of any unhealthy snack you reach for. And this is one case where the lazy factor works to your advantage: “If I do really want to get something else to eat, I probably won’t because I’m too lazy to go brush my teeth again”.
Wash your hands
This one also only takes 20 seconds — and it’s well worth it. Simply educating communities about handwashing can lower the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31 percent and lower the number of people who get colds and other respiratory illnesses by 21 percent, according to the CDC.
To do it right, wet your hands with clean, running water, lather with soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds. That’s roughly about the length of time it would take to hum “Happy Birthday” twice (in your head, unless you’d like some strange looks from your coworkers). Rinse your hands under running water and dry completely.
Whenever you think to do it, stand up. We’ve already talked about what happens when you sit for too long. It’s bad for people to sit for an extended period of time throughout the day. So you can help yourself out, even at work, by taking 5-10 minutes per hour to stand up and walk around. And whenever you think to, just stand up!
It’s no surprise that people who smile a lot are usually happy people, but 2010 research suggests that people who smile widest also live the longest. Even if you’re feeling stressed, faking a smile can eventually make you feel more at ease — and it only takes a moment.