How to Improve Your Health In Sixty Seconds Or Less
I think that it’s a pretty common goal to improve our health. In one facet or another, we all want to better our physical selves either through exercise, diet, or simply a shift in our overall attitude towards health. These things often take time and unwavering dedication, and cannot be gauged as short-term goals. One must be patient in order to see results or improvements in one’s health, and this could potentially take weeks, months, or even years. And, I think that we can all agree that sometimes we don’t necessarily want to wait that long in order to feel as though we’ve accomplished something in terms of our well-being. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of things that you can do in order to improve your health in one minute or less:
#1: Take a deep breath.
A couple of long, deep breaths can do a world of good for your physical health, as well as for your mental well-being. If you are feeling especially stressed-out or anxiety-ridden, take a few seconds to take two or three controlled, deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose and out through mouth for a few counts in order to reverse the feelings of stress, to lower your blood pressure, and to potentially slow the production of stress-causing hormones.
#2: Laugh. Hard.
It has been reported that just one minute of serious laughter (no oxymoron intended) can boost your heart rate up to the same level as ten minutes of hard physical exercise. Furthermore, laughter can help to subside feelings of stress, anger, and sadness, as it is one of our body’s natural forms of stress relief. Overall, laughing for just a couple of minutes each day can lower your blood pressure, improve your cardiovascular health, and release your body’s natural endorphins, which can potentially act as a pain reliever. Bonus: it’s a great ab workout!
#3: Step away from the computer screen.
Now so more than ever, we are spending an exorbitant amount of time in front of computer, tablet, and phone screens each day (both for work and for pleasure). This sort of screen exposure can potentially lead to disrupted sleep, excessive eye strain and vision problems, back and neck pain, and headaches. Therefore, it’s important to give your body a break from staring at a screen for intermittent periods throughout the day. Even if you can only afford to stop working for thirty seconds, take that time to get up and stretch before returning to your computer.