Two-minute tricks that seriously boost your health
Being healthy is a lifestyle that involves eating well, working out, and getting eight hours of shut-eye. Ideally.
What's also true? There are many things that make a serious difference in your health and take just two minutes, explain experts.
So even if you're one of those people who never get to leave your desk (sorry!), one of these quick practices can help you make the most out of a few free moments to really ramp up your level of wellness. Here are 10 two-minute tricks that can seriously boost your health. —Amy Eley
1. Spice up your water. Take a tip from the spa and add a little something extra to your water to help relax and alkalize your water. Robyn Youkilis, a holistic health coach, suggests making a pitcher of filtered fresh raspberries and lime slices or throwing cucumber and spearmint leaves into your water bottle for a little healthy Zen-on-the-go. (There's a reason we made this our top tip for the holiday season.)
2. Do planks. Before getting into the shower every morning, celebrity trainer David Kirsch suggests spending two minutes doing planks. Hold a straight plank for one minute followed by 30-second planks on each side. “A strong core is the foundation of a fit, health body,” said Kirsch, and this is the number one move for it.
4. Look at your plate before diving in. Visually take in your food before you tuck in. This practice of just a few seconds helps you savor your meal and slows down your eating, says Youkilis. This approach "helps you recognize when you are full before overeating, and therefore slim your waistline without having to change a thing!"
5. Meditation. Acid reflux, headaches, and even a shorter life expectancy have been linked to stress. And just two minutes of watching your breath or trying one of these easy meditation practices can make a big impact. “Meditation helps to reduce stress at the most basic level,” says Jeff Cannon, author of The Simple Truth: Meditation for the Modern World. “At a deeper level, it leads to a happier, healthier, and more successful life."
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8. Eat avocados for great skin. Joanna Vargas, the natural-leaning New York facialist to Michelle Williams and Naomi Watts, says that all of her clients can benefit from the nourishing beauty boost that comes from avocado's rich source of good fats. "I'm obsessed with eating avocado for the skin—they make you hydrated from the inside out," she says.