22 Ways To Be Healthier With Minimal Effort

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Kristy Hamilton 20 Dec 2016, 17:10

Pick up the pace.

Power walking won't just get you to your destination sooner. One 2013 study of nearly 40,000 regular walkers found that slower walkers had a higher risk of dying than their more briskly paced peers.

Park farther away from your destination (or get off your bus or train one stop early).

This is an easy way to squeeze more physical activity into your daily routine. Walking burns calories, may help reduce anxiety, and even strengthens bones. And exercise isn't just good for your body — it can help keep your brain healthy, too.

Take the stairs.

This is an easy way to burn calories and tone leg muscles when you can't find time to squeeze in a traditional workout.

Stand on one leg while brushing your teeth.

This is an easy multitasking activity that can improve your balance, which is critical to your health, especially as you get older.

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Wash and dry your hands regularly.

Washing your hands with soap and water gets rids of germs and drying off prevents the spread of bacteria, and is one of the most effective ways to prevent infection. Just make sure you are doing it the right way.

Wear sunscreen.

It may smell funny, but it's one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer. After all, you don't want to end up looking like this.

Wear sunglasses, too.

Sunglasses aren't just a fashion accessory. Protecting your eyes from the sun's UV radiation is just as important as protecting your skin, whether you're mowing the lawn, going for a bike ride, or playing a sport outside.

Buy a plant.

Is your office kind of drab? Bringing plants into the office can make you feel happier at work, according to study that monitored the effects of plants on two large commercial offices in the UK and The Netherlands.

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Moisturize.

A good moisturizing regimen can prevent dry, flaky skin. But moisturizers come in different types that have varying effects, so it's important to know what type or types you're using.

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