All too often we set ourselves health challenges that are so big that we rarely achieve them. Why not try some smaller, instant ways to boost your health while you work towards your long term goal? Here are 10 instant health boosters to help you out.
Take time out
Feeling anxious? Nothing boosts your health more quickly when you’re feeling stressed than a well-deserved five minutes dedicated to relaxation and deep breathing. Relaxation techniques are proven to lower your chance of heart disease and lower blood pressure.
Crank up that radio and start dancing! By putting weight onto your bones, they release more calcium which helps to prevent osteoporosis later in life, not to mention the amount of calories you can burn. You’ll feel great afterwards too!
Get your omega-3s
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish reduce inflammation, lowering your risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer. Simply adding some fish into a meal can give you a serious instant health boost.
Treat yourself to cocoa
Not all things that taste good are bad for you! A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry suggests that treating yourself to a warm mug of cocoa will boost your heart health, brain health and your immune system.
Clean your dashboard
Are you aware of the amount of germs harbouring on your dashboard? Germs love the cold habitat of your dashboard and, because of the air circulation in your car, they stay there for a long time. Don’t let your dashboard turn into a germ’s paradise – give it a good scrub!
While we’ve always associated cold showers with a bad day, it turns out that they can actually chill us out. Cold water urges the brain to release feel-good hormones that beat stress. Less stress = less chance of high blood pressure and heart disease. Don’t make yourself shiver though – just two or three minutes is enough to chill you out.
According to research, kissing can get rid of allergies if you do it for at least 30 minutes. This might not be instant, but if it boosts our health then it’s another good excuse for kissing. Pucker up!
Laughing allows your brain to release happy hormones and relieve stress. Watch a funny movie or go out for drinks with your friends and you’re sure to get your fix of happy hormones.
Drink lots of water
Yes, we know this one’s a classic but it really is one of the best instant health boosters. Drinking plenty of water will help prevent urinary infections, improve the condition of your skin, flush your system and keep your kidneys in tip-top condition.
Sit up straight
Poor posture can lead to a curved spine, reduced lung function and shoulder and back pains. It’s not too late to correct the damage caused from slouching in the past though – sit up straight now!