7 Health Routines You Can Do in One Minute, Says a Harvard Physician

Kelsey Clark

Between work, family, and maintaining some semblance of a social life, it's common for health and exercise to take a back seat. But as Aditi Nerurkar, MD, an integrative physician at Harvard Medical School, points out in Live Science, a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to take a lifetime to cultivate. "Health is really an aggregate of the choices you make in daily life," she explains. "Doing something good for your health is better than doing nothing at all. Every little bit counts." With that, Nerurkar suggests the following time-sensitive health habits you can master in just 60 seconds or less:

  1. Jump rope for one minute to boost your heart rate, burn calories, and improve bone strength. 
  2. When working, sit or stand up straight to prevent lower back pain and improve posture.
  3. Smile or laugh (even if it's fake) to improve your mood and decrease stress in a pinch.
  4. Write down five things you're grateful for to express gratitude, build optimism, and cultivate resilience.
  5. When angry, count to 10 and take a slow, deep breath between each number to relax.
  6. Give your eyes a break from the computer with the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  7. Add fruits or vegetables to your water for added flavour instead of filling up on sugary soft drinks.

What one-minute health habits would you add to this list? Share your thoughts with us below! 

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