Many people put a lot of undue pressure on themselves by thinking that they need to make big changes for better health. The opposite is true – because lasting change comes from making many smaller changes that are easy and barely noticeable. Here are 17 simple health hacks that can help you to become instantly healthier:
- When you work out, turn the music down. Listen to it at about 60% of the maximum volume because studies show that consistently exposing yourself to sounds over 100 decibels can permanently affect your hearing.
- Take a baby aspirin daily. One baby aspirin (81 mg) taken daily for ten years can reduce your risk of stomach cancer by 30%, from colon cancer by 35% and esophageal cancer by 30%.
- Take probiotics every day. Choose foods like yogurts that contain lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Bifidobacterium animalis lactis BB12 or take supplements. They help with digestion, and they also boost your immunity.
- Take your time in the bathroom. If you do not eliminate poop promptly (when it is ready), it can dry and become harder, plugging up your system and causing constipation.
- Add some coconut oil to your coffee. One tablespoon of coconut oil can stabilize your blood sugar levels for the day which means you will experience fewer highs and lows.
- Use a disinfectant wipe to clean your office doorknob if the last person that touched it was sick. A virus can spread to around 60% of workers through an office in just two hours. To avoid getting sick, use disinfectant wipes.
- Answer your co-worker’s email in person. It is a much friendlier option, and it forces you to get up and walk around. You should move around at least every hour if you work at a desk because sitting for long periods of time can lead to poor heart health and weight gain.
- Drink more coffee. Women who drink less than 150 mg of coffee a day are up to 15% more likely to develop tinnitus than those who drink 450 mg.
- Drop down and do ten push-ups, ten squats, and ten bench dips. Just take a quick break of thirty seconds in your day to get up and move around.
- Top your salad with salmon. When you eat omega 3 rich fatty fish twice a week, it lowers your risk of hearing loss by 20% and strengthens the cardiovascular system.
- Let that post-lunch yawn out. It is said that a good yawn can help to cool your brain that will improve your performance and level of alertness.
- Smile at a coworker, especially if you are mad at them. Smiling can help to lower your heart rate if you are stressed out.
- Sit up straight in your chair. It is better for your neck and back and can be a mood booster. When you move to proper posture, it increases your dopamine and serotonin levels while decreasing cortisol – the human stress hormone.
- Stand up and hop ten times. A group of women in the age range of 25 and 50 who jumped at least ten times each day increased their hip bone mineral density after just 16 weeks.
- Massage your face. A 30-second self-massage can get rid of a tension headache. Just find where the tender spots are on your forehead or scalp and use your thumb and knuckles in a circular motion to rub them.
- Visit a funny website for a quick laugh. Laughing is an effective method of lowering your blood pressure.
- Do some yoga. Yoga can help to boost blood flow to your brain and stretch out your spine.
Just a few small changes over time can add up to significant changes over time that are noticeable. The result is that you will be feeling better and have better health. Try to incorporate a new healthy habit each day and see where it gets you in a year’s time.