25 Life Hacks To Improve Your Health
Life is already chaotic, disorganized, and full of unanticipated twists and turns. So why add to the mayhem by making health more difficult than it has to be? Hack your way to better health with these 25 clever fitness and culinary ideas that will save you time, money, and stress.
1. Kickstart your morning with lemon water
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Start each day with a glass of water with fresh-squeezed lemon or lemon oil! (If you go the essential oil route, make sure it’s an edible, 100 percent natural-grade oil and not anything man made).
There are several advantages to drinking lemon water, but the most significant reasons to drink it are that it cleanses your system of poisons, alkalizes your body, and maintains a healthy digestive system. This helps you feel better, combat inflammation, and provides an all-natural health boost that’s simple as pie.
2. Sweat it out before you hop in the shower
You know that daily exercise is good for you, but on some days, it might feel like there’s simply no time left. The pre-shower sweat session is the solution.
Make it a goal to “earn” your shower by doing some lunges, push-ups, squats, and more first. (If you’re looking for ideas, try any of these 10-Minute Workouts.)
After about 10 minutes, you’ll have toned your muscles, boosted your energy for the day, and maybe motivated yourself to make fitness a habit for the rest of the week.
3. Never eat a bad egg again
You’re not a bad egg; we think you’re fantastic! But, would eating an evil chicken be beneficial? Not ideal. To assess their freshness, drop the last few males in a tureen of water. Fresh eggs will float; those meant for long boiling will sink on their side; and trash eggs will float.
4. Meditate to clear your mind
Daily meditation lowers stress, improves sleep, and boosts the immune system.
It’s particularly useful to meditate at the start of the week in order to capture your energy and enter the hectic week with a calm mind.
5. Use baking soda as a natural produce scrub
You may make a natural fruit scrub with 1-2 teaspoons baking soda and 1-2 cups water in a little mixing dish! You may either fill a spray bottle or combine everything in a wide mixing bowl. Whatever method you use, make sure to clean your fruits and vegetables well.
Make sure to wash your produce and fruits under cold water until all of the dirt has been removed for a clean taste.
6. Transform your water bottle to drink more water
If you’re having difficulties drinking enough water during the day, a transparent water bottle and a permanent marker might be the clever yet attractive health hack you’ve been searching for.
Divide the bottle into 200 ml portions corresponding to each hour on the clock. If you adhere to the plan, you’ll reach your goal of eight glasses by dinnertime! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for making your own water bottle.
It’s not expensive, quick, or difficult to accomplish, and it looks fantastic. What more could you ask for? Any sports enthusiast will appreciate a custom decal on a water bottle as a present. It gets better: buy a water bottle with the decal already on it!
7. Meal prep your way to healthy lunches
When the weekdays pile up with activities, we’re frequently driven to unhealthy lunch alternatives like fast food joints or whatever is nearest to the workplace.
Avoid that disaster by preparing your meals in advance. Prepare chicken breasts, hard-boiled eggs, tons of brown rice, and other ingredients on Sunday—or whatever day you have some free time. This method lets you prepare a number of lunches and dinners at once, using distinct herbs and toppings to add variety to each dish!
8. Take a stretch break
Taking a mid-day stretch break will boost your energy, enhance your attention, and make you feel great!
Set aside 5 minutes after long periods of work to relax your muscles.
9. Turn your commute into a chance to laugh
Sitting in traffic, however bad it is, may provide a silver lining for any long journey since podcasts may help.
Laughter can help you pass the time faster, relieve stress, and distract you from the fact that you’re moving at a snail’s pace.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started: You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, or 2 Dope Queens.
10. Save wilting herbs with an ice cube tray
Don’t throw out your fresh herbs just because they’re nearing the end of their life span. Instead, fill ice cube trays with chopped herbs and olive oil, then freeze them.
Now you’ll always have cubes on hand for sautéing veggies and meat, or adding to sauces! Check out all of the details from The Hungry Mouse here.
11. Get a workout in while you watch your favorite show
We’ve all done it. We declare that there isn’t enough time in the day to workout, but we find time to watch three hours of TV every night. How about converting that television into a useful device?
Whether you like Grey’s Anatomy, Shark Tank, or Modern Family (or 40 different shows), there is a “watch and work” workout for you!
Check out our 7 Workouts To Do While Watching Your Favorite TV Shows, which will have you sweating while staying up on current events.
12. Use essential oils to clean more naturally
Essential oils have a wide range of applications, but making natural cleaning solutions is at the top of our list.
Plus, isn’t it much nicer to drink from a glass that smells of lemons and limes rather than nasty chemicals and cleaning supplies?
Combine baking soda, vinegar, and a few drops of lime oil to clean the tub or sink; freshen your sponge with a few drops of lemon oil after each use.
13. Make a DIY travel cup
Why didn’t we think of this sooner? Cover a cup with Press ‘n Seal and insert a straw to take smoothies and protein shakes on the go.
Is there an even more environmentally responsible alternative? These silicone stretch lids can be used on a range of cups and plates, making them extremely eco-friendly.
14. Never buy a rotten avocado again
Avocados are rather costly, and when you get one that has gone bad, it’s like being handed a poisoned chalice. You may prevent this grocery store tragedy by removing the dry stem from the bottom of the avocado.
If you detect a brown area beneath the stem, put it back. If the plant has a brilliant yellow-green hue, put it in your shopping basket. Hurrah! Get the lowdown on all you need to know about avocados from Northwest Edible Life here.
15. Soothe a sore throat with a marshmallow
Do you have a sore throat? Make yourself some s’mores.
The marshmallow plant’s sap has been used for hundreds of years to cure coughs, colds, and sore throats.
The coating and soothing effects of the gelatin, according to Health magazine, might help relieve throat discomfort thanks to the fluffy little guys’ coating and soothing qualities.
16. How to make onions, garlic, and shallots last longer
Onions, garlic, and shallots keep for far longer than bananas, apples, or oranges already (i.e., 3 months), but with this easy method they can last practically indefinitely.
Stealing your child’s lunch bag, punching holes in it, and tying it with a paper clip is the perfect way to recycle an old paper bag. Yes, onion tears still exist, but we’ve beat the rot at least.
Here are the ingredients and instructions for making one batch of original, delicious soap:
17. De-stink your sneakers
A four-step procedure is required to precisely eliminate the odor from your running shoes—we mean really get that funk out.
After that, soak the shoes in cold water for several hours, then dry and air them. Sprinkle a homemade deodorizing powder over them and fill with newspaper overnight before putting them in the freezer.
Yes, place them in a deep freeze! For the complete instructions, go to Housewife How To’s website.
18. Baby your spices
No, we don’t mean baby food jars should be doted on. Parents of tiny children, beware: convert your odds and ends spice collection into uniformed-sized leftover baby food jars.
Make a cup cozy for your favorite drink. Cover it with a cute fabric, label it, and attach a magnet to the side of your refrigerator for convenient access. Here are the complete instructions.
19. Make exercise a real page-turner
If your most significant health problem is getting yourself to the gym, go higher. Make a rule that you only listen to it when you’re working out (Yes Please and Big Little Lies are two must-haves!).
This is a book that you’ll be hard-pressed to put down. It will ensure more visits to the fitness center!
20. Use yoga to heal a headache
Try inverted yoga postures to help with a tension headache that won’t go away. Inverting means putting your head below your heart, which is what these exercises accomplish.
Downward-facing dog, child’s pose, and legs up the wall posture are some of the yoga postures that can help with headache relief.
These postures will increase circulation, stretch out tight neck and shoulder muscles, and help you relax—all of which can aid in the reduction of your headache.
21. Whip up homemade sweet potato chips in five minutes
Homemade sweet potato chips are a delectably nutritious side dish or snack, full of vitamin C, iron, and beta-carotene.
Sometimes hunger strikes, and you just can’t wait 20 minutes for the oven to do its work or your hand will be in a store-bought much-less-healthy bag soon. This is when this trick comes in handy.
Sweet potato chips take a little longer than other types, but they’re not difficult to make in the microwave. According to SheKnows, you can have sweet potato chips ready in less than five minutes.
22. Avoid limp lettuce
A good idea to keep on hand for salads is a large bowl of lettuce. However, a big bowl of lettuce becomes somewhat soft too rapidly. Let’s stop that from happening.
Cover the lettuce with a single paper towel in a bowl and wrap it in plastic. Replace the paper towel every couple of days as it absorbs the moisture that causes lettuce to spoil.
Your greens should be edible for at least a week!
23. Chew gum to curb cravings
Instead of rummaging through the freezer in search of some ice cream, chew a piece of bubblegum if your urges are not driven by hunger.
The watermelon is a great way to help you relax and unwind on your lunch break. It’s an excellent pick-me-up, whether you’re looking for something sweet or not. It serves as an instant diversion from whatever sweet thing you were searching for.
24. Scrape your tongue to remove toxins
Scraping your tongue is more effective than brushing it and only removing bacteria, according to studies; plus, it is thought to prevent halitosis and boost your immunity..
Scraping your tongue is actually a component of an ancient Ayurvedic therapy since it cleanses pollutants that would otherwise go back into your body and boosts overall immunity.
You may grab a metal tongue scraper from your local drug store and start using it.
25. Make your bath extra relaxing with Epsom salts
Adding Epsom salts to your bath (which you can get at any drugstore) will provide you with a pleasant boost of relaxation. Epsom salts are a great natural pain reliever. They include magnesium, which helps relax your body and ease painful muscles. They may aid with sleeplessness, anxiety, and other issues for only a few dollars each package.