7 Wellness Hacks That Anyone Can Follow
Yes, even you.
Uprooting and changing your entire fitness and health regime may not be the easiest of adjustments, but these 7 health tips can sneak their way into your routine in a cinch -- and for good!
1. WARM (LEMON) WATER
When taken first thing in the morning, it also helps rehydrate the body. The biggest benefit may be from the temperature of the water itself even regardless of the lemon. Adding warm lemon water in the morning and/or throughout the day is one of the easiest things you can do to enhance your body’s ability to flush out toxins and improve digestion.
Here's how to do it: Cut half a lemon and juice it into a large glass of warm water. After squeezing, you can dump the rest of the lemon into the glass (or toss). Drink up! And feel free to refill your glass with lukewarm water for easy all-day lemon water.
2. FEET UP
Made popular and touted by yogis all over, the legs-up-on-the-wall pose is the easiest pose ever AND is known to aid in lymphatic drainage, depression, anxiety, menstrual cramps, regulate blood pressure, relieve tired legs, and stretch your hamstrings! The best part is that you can do this while lying down, on your phone, or while reading a book. The benefits are endless. Try it for 10 minutes tonight before bed.
3. FIBER FROM THE NATURAL SOURCE
The fiber contained in a whole fruit or vegetable is not available in your $10 juice, so you're much better off eating the entire vegetable or fruit to get the fiber and all the nutrients. Fiber lives in the roughage, pulp and skin, which is extracted when juicing -- but that's what you want in your body! Start by adding 1 vegetable to your dinner tonight, or a fruit to your breakfast in the morning.
4. AM FUEL RULE
There are hundreds of arguments on whether or not breakfast is important for a healthy weight and what is the best time to eat it. We say, try eating within an hour of waking up so that your hunger doesn't lead you to poorer food choices, a more highly irritable mood, and extremely low energy throughout the day. If you're on the go or not too hungry, keep something by your side - a few nuts and a banana does the trick!
5. SHOES OFF
Try to remove your shoes when you enter your home if they've been around some dirt. Your shoes pick up bad-for-you bacteria such as E. coli and meningitis. In fact, a study at the University of Arizone analyzed the germs from footwear and found that some of the bacteria included Escherichia coli, known to cause intestinal and urinary tract infections, meningitis, and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, a common source for wound and bloodstream infections as well as pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare cause of infections in the respiratory tract and wounds.
6. TWEAK SOME MEALS
Eat your sandwiches open-face or bun-less as often as you can. Carbs are not bad, but cutting back may help with making additional healthy choices and for some, water retention. A small adjustment may go a long way!
Recent studies show that people who planned more of their week in terms of meals, outings, and sweat sessions (ehem), were 70% more likely to achieve their goals. Maybe it's the commitments to themselves, or the monetary commitments -- either way, we'll take it!