32 Ways To Get Healthier In A Minute

by Jillian See
HEALTH  |  January 04, 2018
  • Got a minute?
    1 / 33 Got a minute?

    When it comes to improving health and wellness, it’s the little things that count. Incorporate these simple actions into your daily life.  All you’ll need is about 60 seconds or so to do each one.

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    (Also read: 5 Daily Habits Of Happy People)

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  • Add lemon to your water
    2 / 33 Add lemon to your water

    Squeezing the juice of half a lemon into your water can aid in digestion. Lemon water can also soothe a sore throat, help prevent kidney stones and balance your body’s pH levels.

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  • Read something positive
    3 / 33 Read something positive

    Pin up motivational quotes in your work space so you can glance at them whenever you need a pick-me-up. Here’s one we like from Steve Jobs: “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

    (Also read: 13 Ways To Stay Energised And Inspired At Work)

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  • Say cheese!
    4 / 33 Say cheese!

    Turn a bad day around with a smile. Smiling releases endorphins – neurotransmitters – which trigger positive feelings within the body.  

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  • Create a to-do list
    5 / 33 Create a to-do list

    Coming up with a list of things that need to be done for the day will keep you focused. You can look forward to a real sense of accomplishment after ticking everything off the list.

    (Also read: How To Be Motivated And Max Out Your Productivity)

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  • Hug someone you love
    6 / 33 Hug someone you love

    Cuddling makes you bond better with those near and dear to you. When hugging, your body releases oxytocin, the love hormone that increases feelings of commitment and intimacy.

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  • Clean your screens
    7 / 33 Clean your screens

    Sanitise the screens of your electronic devices daily. They’re dirtier than you think, and contain loads of bacteria.

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  • Take a break from tech
    8 / 33 Take a break from tech

    This means no aimlessly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. Instead, look out
    the window, appreciate the greenery and notice things that you didn’t before.

    (Also read: How To Keep Your Eyes Healthy While Working In An Office Job)

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  • Hydrate your skin
    9 / 33 Hydrate your skin

    Moisturise for a glowy, radiant complexion, and slather on body lotion from neck to toe before you go to bed.

    (Also read: 10 Healthy Skin Tips Every Woman Needs To Know)

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  • Take your supplements
    10 / 33 Take your supplements

    Vitamin pills help ensure your body gets the essential nutrients it needs to function properly. They’re especially useful if you find it difficult to eat clean.

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  • Floss
    11 / 33 Floss

    Getting rid of stubborn food bits in the gaps of your teeth prevents plaque and tooth decay. Do it once in the morning and again at night.  

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  • Watch animal videos
    12 / 33 Watch animal videos

    Research has shown that watching videos of cute puppies and kittens can make you feel energised and positive. In fact, it also enhances productivity.

    (Also read: 10 Super Cute Puppy Videos That Confirm Dogs Are Man’s Best Friends)

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  • Munch on dark chocolate
    13 / 33 Munch on dark chocolate

    Dark chocolate improves heart health, thanks to flavanol, which increases blood flow to the brain and heart. Keep a stash for snacking on.

    (Also read: 10 Healthy Snacks You Can Get From The Supermarket)

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  • Do a plank
    14 / 33 Do a plank

    This is one of the best exercises to do daily as it engages your entire body, including your core, back, shoulders, and legs.

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  • Take the stairs
    15 / 33 Take the stairs

    Sneak in a little energising workout during the work day by taking the stairs instead of the lift.

    (Also read: She Keeps Fit By Climbing 42 Flights Of Stairs Everyday)

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  • Show kindness
    16 / 33 Show kindness

    Buy someone a cup of coffee, or help a person in need. Being compassionate will make someone’s day – and yours, too.

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  • Write a gratitude list
    17 / 33 Write a gratitude list

    Appreciate the little things. There’s something to feel thankful for, even on bad days.

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  • Take a walk
    18 / 33 Take a walk

    Step outside for fresh air. It helps you clear your mind and compose your thoughts so you can go back to work and focus better.

    (Also read: Walking Just 18 Minutes Everyday Lowers Your Risk Of Dying By 20%)

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  • Make your bed
    19 / 33 Make your bed

    A neat bed starts your day nicely and sets your mind on the right track for the rest of the day.

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  • Ring a friend
    20 / 33 Ring a friend

    Speaking to a close friend will make just about any day better. Take a minute to find out how he or she is doing, and make plans to catch up in person.

    (Also read: 8 Reasons Why We Love Our Best Friends)

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  • Soak in the sun
    21 / 33 Soak in the sun

    Sunlight improves well-being by calming you as it releases serotonin, a chemical that stabilises your mood. A brisk walk or run in the sun is ideal as it combines the serotonin-boosting properties of exercise and sunlight.

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  • Get a plant
    22 / 33 Get a plant

    Place a plant in your work space. Greenery helps cleanse the air and regulate humidity levels.

    (Also read: 5 Best Places In Singapore To Get Plants And Flowers For Your Home)

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  • Do squats
    23 / 33 Do squats

    This quick leg workout will boost blood circulation and tone your legs and butt at the same time.

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  • Declutter your desk
    24 / 33 Declutter your desk

    You’ll concentrate better and get more done at the office with a cleaner desk.

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  • Play your favourite songs
    25 / 33 Play your favourite songs

    Listen to the music you love for a pick-me-up.

    (Also read: 33 Best Running Songs For Your Long Runs)

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  • Stretch
    26 / 33 Stretch

    Loosen up tired muscles by stretching them out. Hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.

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  • Pack your gym bag
    27 / 33 Pack your gym bag

    Prepare your workout gear the night before. This makes it easier to roll out of bed and get that morning sweat sesh in.

    (Also read: Do These 7 Things To Always Enjoy Your Gym Workouts)

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  • Add chia seeds to your drink
    28 / 33 Add chia seeds to your drink

    This superfood is a great source of fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and other nutrients.

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  • Rub your temples
    29 / 33 Rub your temples

    Doing so releases tension and is a good way to relieve headaches.

    (Also read: Look Younger With This 5 Minute Facial Massage)

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  • Have a cup of tea
    30 / 33 Have a cup of tea

    Teas are said to contain theanine, an amino acid that reduces anxiety. Cheers to that!

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  • Stand up
    31 / 33 Stand up

    Research suggests that standing can counteract the negative effects of sitting, such as an increased risk of heart disease. Aim to stand up once every hour.

    (Also read: 5 Ways To Lose Weight When You Sit At A Desk All Day)

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  • Breathe
    32 / 33 Breathe

    Deep breathing triggers the release of endorphins, improves your well-being and eases pain. Breathe in deep for three counts before breathing out slowly. Do this three to four times.

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  • Sing
    33 / 33 Sing

    According to researchers from the University of Oxford, singing releases endorphins.

    (Also Read: 5 Karaoke Chains In Singapore To Suit Every Style And Budget)

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