It’s easy to get off track, health-wise, when you have a hectic week at work or home. Luckily, there are a few easy health hacks you can make to your daily routine to instantly feel lighter, healthier and more alert. You don’t even have to give up that second slice of pizza.
EAT WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS
We’re all guilty of scarfing down our salad in front of the computer, but mindlessly munching not only encourages us to consume more, it also takes the pleasure out of one of our favorite activities: eating (duh). So set the table, use utensils and pay attention as you mindfully eat your next lunch.
UNPLUG AN HOUR BEFORE BED
Scrolling through Instagram when you’re supposed to be sleeping? Yep, we’ve been there. Instead of hopping through the endless twists and turns of social media, enforce a “no tech” rule and read a book for an hour before bed. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
DRINK HOT WATER WITH LEMON IN THE MORNINGS
Your yoga teacher is always telling you about the miracle properties of lemon water, so what are you waiting for? The warm water is said to flush your digestive system as you rehydrate, and the lemon has pH-balancing effects.
GET UP AND WALK AROUND EVERY HOUR
When you’re really crunched at work, the whole day can pass before you even notice you haven’t left your desk since 9 a.m. Set an alarm on your phone to get up and walk around at least once an hour. It will help with your concentration and it’s good to get out there and stare at anything other than your computer screen.
TAKE A COLD SHOWER
Are you brave enough to jump into a cold shower in the middle of winter? If you are, you’ll be handsomely rewarded. Not only is a cold shower said to improve circulation and tighten pores, it’s also been linked to increased alertness and boosted immunity. We swear it’s not so bad once you take the plunge.
TAKE A WHIFF OF CITRUS
Yep, seriously. The scent of lemons and oranges is proven to reduce anxiety and improve your mood. If you’re not the type to eat an afternoon clementine, try buying some essential oil for the same effect.
FLOSS YOUR TEETH
Do we really need to explain this one to you? You’ll feel fresher, your gums will thank you and you’ll never have to lie to your dentist again.
BRING A WATER BOTTLE WITH YOU EVERYWHERE YOU GO
Staying hydrated is the foundation of good health, period. To ensure you’re getting all the H20 your body craves, keep a water bottle on hand at all times. You’ll never find yourself stuck on a delayed train car with a parched throat again. We love these hydro flasks that keep your liquids cold (or warm) for up to 25 hours.