Do you ever feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day? We become overwhelmed with our ever growing lists of people to see, places to be, and things you need to do. With all these competing priorities in our lives there is one thing you just can’t put off: Your Health.
We’ve assembled a list of 10 fantastic health tips that take 10 minutes or less.
1. Office Chair Workout (10 minutes)
Being stuck in an office chair all day doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a little exercise. There are a variety of workouts you can do even while planted in front of a computer. Example exercise: Try crossing one foot behind the other and then pushing the back foot forward while you resist with the front leg. Watch the clock and time yourself for 1-2 full minutes at a time. A few sets of these “self-resistance” workouts throughout the day will do wonders for your health and mood. They can get your heart rate up, kick your metabolism into gear, and even boost your energy during sleepy afternoons.
2. Meditation or The Value of Deep Breaths (10 minutes)
We all experience stress and anxiety – some of us more than others. You owe it to yourself to reach toward inner peace and practice some light meditation. Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and position your ring fingers as close to your thumbs as possible without them touching. Take deep breaths and focus on the tiny empty area between your finger and thumb. Clear your mind, breathe, relax.
3. Smile (30 seconds)
Smiling can make us feel happy. Being happy can make us healthier. Trick your mind and body every now and then and bust out a large smile. You’ll feel the difference immediately.
4. Take the stairs (3 minutes)
People spend a lot of time and money on gym memberships. And what do people do at these gyms? Mostly they walk in place (treadmill) and lift/push things. Well, you can get a free workout any day of the week by skipping the elevator and taking the stairs. Do it.
5. Read labels (3 minutes)
What you put in your body can have a huge impact on your daily energy levels and overall health. When shopping, take a second to read through the ingredients of what you’re buying. If you think something is healthy, check out what vitamins and minerals it really contains. Try to limit your intake of saturated fats and high fructose corn syrup.
6. Pack a lunch (5 minutes)
Not everything you eat will come with a label. This is especially true when eating out. A great way to stay in control of your intake is to pack a lunch. By preparing your own lunch you can ensure a healthy day ahead. Pro tip: Carrots, hummus and applesauce make a great addition to any lunch.
7. Power nap (10 minutes)
Exhaustion is damaging and oversleeping can really ruin a day. Take power naps when your heavy eyes just won’t obey. Set an alarm on your phone for 10-15 minutes MAXIMUM. Catch some Zzz’s but don’t overdo it.
8. Pop an aspirin (30 seconds)
This tip is an easy one: take 1 baby aspirin a day. Three recent studies found that taking an aspirin a day leads to statistically significant reductions in the risk of cancer.
9. Drink water (1 minute)
You’ve heard it everywhere else, and now I’ll say it again. Drink water. Its healthy and it can also help you lose weight. Drink up.
10. Scheduling “health-time” (10 minutes)
Taking care of your health is serious business. But it doesn’t have to be a full time job. I recommend setting aside 10 minutes each day for managing your health. Managing your health means addressing issues you’re currently dealing with and/or making arrangements to address issues. Maybe you have yellow nails that keep getting worse, well take a health-time session to find a treatment and use it (here is a great guide to removing toenail fungus). Maybe you have a strange mole; take your health-time and schedule a doctor’s appointment to check it out. The key is being consistent. For me, 8am-8:10am each morning is my special “health-time”.
Have some 10 minute health tips of your own? Share them with us by writing your tip in the comments below…