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Easy hacks to help you get healthy

 

September 6, 2017 | View PDF



We are always looking for the best hacks to help save us time, money and energy in all aspects of life. Health and wellness being one of them whether we are looking to lose weight, get fit, change a bad habit or improve our overall health. Some hacks are outright crazy and dangerous, but some hacks could save you time and energy and get you feeling better, faster.

Here are some easy hacks to getting healthier and improving quality of life for you and your family.

Hack #1

Breathe more. Yep, it’s that simple. If you aren’t ready to jump into meditation to get your zen on, just breathe more. There are even apps to remind you to breathe. This will not only calm your flight or fight response in a stressful situation, but it’s a huge stress reliever to take frequent deep breaths throughout the day. Now breathe in …and breathe out.

Hack #2

Buy time. We have all heard meal prep will save time, money and allow us to eat healthier, but who has the time? Try local grocery delivery to help automate your healthy food choices. Your shopping list is remembered and you can edit before you order. This will eliminate those not-so-healthy impulse buys and help your grocery bill stay on budget. With the time you save going to and from the store you can spend a few minutes chopping and prepping your food for a healthy week.

Hack #3

Take a nap. Do you have a break in your day for about 15-20 minutes? Studies have shown this is a great amount of time to boost your energy and not too long to leave you feeling groggy. This is a great hack if you are getting run down to help boost your immunity as well as your energy levels, maybe even eliminating the need for the energy drink or afternoon coffee. It will also help avoid the mindless eating we do when we get tired, helping you achieve or maintain your healthy weight.

Hack #4

Automate. It’s easy to stray from some of our healthy habits when they aren’t habits yet. The best way to set yourself up for success is to automate. Set up your daily/weekly supplements once per week. Stash water bottles in easy to grab places so you can keep your hydration up. Set up auto-delivery of your healthy cleaning supplies so you never run out. Automation will save you time as well as unnecessary stress and last-minute scrambling.

Hack #5

Turn your screen time to family time. It seems challenging to find time to connect with your family when you are running from work to school to practice, all while fitting in the never-ending appointments and errands. There are never enough hours in the day. A fun and easy hack to play while in the car with your family (or at the dinner table) is a game of conversation starters and questions. This is a fun way to see what your kids or spouse are thinking and start fun conversations. It’s also a great way to cut down on screen time and get the kids engaged in a conversation. Studies have shown under two hours per day is ideal, too much screen time can cause a caffeine like effect as well from the blue light it’s emitting. Cutting down screen time can also help to prevent issues such as childhood obesity, problems at school and eye strain.

What are some of your health hacks? Leave a comment and let us know.

Emily Countryman is a board certified health coach and owner of Ideal Wellness http://www.idealwellnesswa.com located at 2639 172nd St. NE Suite 104 in Smokey Point/Marysville She can be reached online at info@idealwellnesswa.com.

 

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