15 Health Hacks that Take 15 Seconds or Less

From Issue: 
July 2016

(NC) – You’ve heard the saying that it takes 21 days to develop a healthy habit, but this length of time can seem daunting when you’re committing to cooking from scratch or going on a daily run. 

Even the most time-crunched can get one small step closer to being heathier though – try these 15 health hacks that take only 15 seconds to implement in your daily routine.

1. Set an alarm: use your phone to set a reminder to get up, walk, stretch or grab a glass of water at work.

2. Take a multivitamin: it only takes a moment but it can provide the vitamins and minerals you may need to support your goal of overall good health.

3. Get your heart pumping: take a 15-second break every day to see how many jumping jacks or squats you can do.

4. Hydrate: water plays a huge role in flushing out toxins your body gathers throughout the day.

5. Seek inspiration: turn to your favourite inspirational quotes for a daily dose of motivation.

6. Track your food: take a few seconds after every meal to jot down what you ate — you may see patterns that can help you make more thoughtful dietary choices.

7. Close your eyes: eyestrain is more common than you think. Take a moment to close your eyes and take a break from your computer.

8. Build your strength: planking or doing sit-ups for just 15 seconds a day can help strengthen your core.

9. Consider your posture: every time an email comes into your inbox, sit back and adjust your posture.

10. Take a stand in meetings: more casual discussions can be done over a walk or standing at a tall table.

11. Step up: take the stairs rather than the escalator or elevator.

12. Breathe deeply: pause, breathe deeply and open windows for fresh air.

13. Snack wisely: don’t open a package — wash a fruit.

14. Add intensity: add a 15-second burst of activity, like a sprint or power squats to your usual workout routine.

15. There’s an app for that: downloading a step-tracking app takes just a moment and will get you moving more often.

Print these tips or keep them handy on your smart phone as a reminder to make healthier choices throughout your day.