Six Surprising Ways To Boost Your Health

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  • We’ve heard it a million times: eat less, exercise more and pack your diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. How about some new ideas for a change? Here are six simple steps you may never have considered before guaranteed to boost your overall health.

    Stand Up When You're Riding The Bus Or The Train

    Recent research shows sitting for prolonged periods can hurt your health. Standing at your desk is one way to cut down sitting time, but you can also take advantage of a bus or train commute by standing. Bonus: you can offer your seat to someone who needs it more than you.
  • Switch To One Cup Of Tea If you’re a coffee drinker, that’s fine. Studies show coffee has its benefits. But so does tea. Black or green teas each contain powerful antioxidants, chemicals that work to prevent cancer by countering the effects of harmful free radicals.
  • Put It In Writing You can reduce stress by putting your worries in writing. New research shows that writing down your fears especially before an anxiety-producing event can help you lower your stress level. You might also react less emotionally.
  • Stop Daydreaming Of course everyone’s mind wanders, but if you let it drift into dark territory you’re leaving yourself open to a case of the blues. In fact, according to a Harvard study, daydreaming can trigger bouts of depression. Make an effort to stay focused on what you’re doing instead and you can limit your mind from wandering. You can remind yourself by repeating “Here….Now.”
  • Sit In The Sun Sun exposure is the best way to get your body to produce vitamin D, a vitamin that can prevent cancers, especially in the digestive tract. If you don’t usually see the sun, make it a habit to spend 15 minutes a day with at least your arms exposed to the warm rays. Sun light also boosts the feel-good brain chemical serotonin.
  • Splurge Instead of a dinner out, consider booking a massage. Besides releasing tension in your shoulders and neck, massage has been proven to reduce levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, while also releases mood-boosting serotonin and dopamine.