Believe it or not, it only takes 5 minutes a day to dramatically improve your health and wellbeing, while lifting your mood and restoring your energy – Using these under the radar methods.
Everyone can dedicate 5 minutes a day to boost their health. You deserve it and your loved ones deserve it. So no more excuses, here are 15 ways to quickly improve your overall health, in only 5 minutes a day.
1. Glowing Green Detox Smoothie
Smoothies are great nutritional bombs that are full of flavor, but green smoothies are even better. They increase your intake of vegetables and fruits and you give your body the nutrients it needs without even tasting the vegetables in the smoothie. No wonder A-list stars like Drew Barrymore, Vince Vaughn, and Olivia Wilde all swear by it as a way to boost energy and detox.
Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie
-1 1/2 cups water
-1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
-3-4 stalks organic celery
-1/2 head of a large bunch, or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach
-1 organic apple, cored and chopped
-1 organic pear, cored and chopped
-1 organic banana
-Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon
-1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems okay)
-1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems okay)
Add the water and chopped head of romaine to the blender. Starting the blender at low speed, mix until smoothie. Gradually moving to higher speeds, add the celery, apple and pear. Add the cilantro and parsley, if you are choosing to add them. Add the banana and lemon juice last.
The fruit and lemon cut right though the grass taste. Feel free to mix and match different greens and fruits, as these two specific food groups combine well.
2. 5 Minute Workouts
Two hours. That’s how long you’ll feel revved up after taking just a 10-minute walk, according to a study in Personality and Social Psychology. If you don’t have time to exercise, even a 5 minute workout every day will dramatically improve your health, well-being and even your tired-looking skin. This DVD has the greatest 5 minute workouts. No excuses, we all have 5 minutes a day to dedicate to physical activity, right?
3. Laugh Like a Child
Did you know that just laughing boosts the blood flow by more than 20 percent? Research says it may even reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Just having a good laugh helps fight infections, fever and relieve all types of pain.
Watch a funny video on youtube or just call your funniest friend, it doesn’t matter. All you need is 5 minutes to list you up and restore your energy levels immediately.
4. Complete a Small Crossword
Keeping your brain active will help your brain function at a high level. We all know a healthy body starts with a healthy mind, so no need to explain why this is so important. Reading a book, or better yet – Completing a crossword for 5 minutes will prevent brain degeneration early in life. It’s funny how 5 minute soduko boosts your brain power dramatically.
If you don’t like cardio, a 5 minute stretching routine is not any less health boosting. Here are instructions for a simple yet invigorating stretch you can do at home:
Stand in a doorway, facing forward with feet several inches apart, and reach to the sides of the frame. Grab the frame with your fingers, then push your chest forward until you feel a stretch in your torso and back; hold for 30 seconds.
This stretch stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, so it’s energizing for the body and mind.
Pray for the health and well being of your family and friends. Pray for yourself. Be specific – cast off your cares and concerns, ask for provision where you have needs.
Hugs are amazing stress relievers, that’s a proven fact. Just hugging your partner, your parent, your child or your friend – Has an immediate relaxation effect all over your body. We all know how dangerous stress can be for out health, and stress melts away when you hug someone you care about, for only 5 minutes (or less).
Meditation is another hall of fame stress reliever. The greater the demands imposed on us, the greater the need to completely switch off. By focusing on breathing at the same time, through meditation, it can induce a wonderful sense of serenity and reduce stress. It’s a relaxation technique that can be done any time, anywhere – and for free.
You don’t have to be Buddha to meditate; you can find a simple 5 minute meditation for beginners – Right here.
9. Bathe in the Sun
Going out to the sun (even for just 5 minutes) is the best and most natural way to get your dose of the cancer preventing Vitamin D. Enjoy the warm and relaxing sunshine while absorbing this critical Vitamin in your body. If you live in a sun-less area, take a few drops (1000-3000 units) of natural Vitamin D3 instead every day.
If you don’t have enough sun in your country, you can get the same amazing benefits of sun rays by using Infrared Light Therapy.
10. Give Your Body a Good Brush
Brushing your body for 5 minutes (most conveniently during your daily shower) will help your body get rid of toxins, improve circulation, speed up lymphatic drainage and gives you a glow. Use a Natural Body Brush or sisal mitt to lightly brush upwards from the ankles towards the centre of the body in firm, sweeping movements (for no more than five minutes).
11. Practice Forgiving
We all have people that we have to forgive. Forgiving and letting go of anger is very important to your overall health. Anger and resentment are mental toxins and forgiving is a mental detox that is life changing.
Research studies have found that those who forgive are healthier and happier, compared to those who hold resentments.
Try this visualization technique you can practice for 5 minutes when ever and where ever you want.
Close your eyes and imagine an empty theatre. You are the only one sitting there and the curtains on the stage are closed.
Next, visualize the person that hurt you pull away the curtains and stand silently on the stage, looking at you.
Now imagine that good things are happening to this person. For example, visualize him being hugged, kidded and loved (not by you), that he is happy, smiling, dancing in joy. Be happy for him. Let go of your anger, let go of your pain.
I guarantee that if you practice this for a few times you may find that the poisonous anger you felt is gone.
Remember, by keeping anger and resentment, you are only hurting yourself.
12. 5 Minute Gardening
Just 5 minutes of gardening a day (if you have a garden) not only provides a great workout, it’s a great stress reliever and according to researchers at the University of Arkansas, it can prevent osteoporosis. There’s a lot of weight-bearing activity, from pulling weeds to pushing a wheelbarrow. Why don’t give it a try for 5 minutes – Today?
13. Sit in Nature
Sitting and looking at the birds and wildlife is soothing. Enjoying the moment and listening to the birds sing can remind you to not take the dramas in life so seriously and to instead just enjoy the ride. Sometimes we tend to forget to take life in the proper perspective and nothing brings us “back to earth” more than just looking at the amazing nature surrounding us, even just for 5 minutes a day.
14. Spend Time with Your Pet
Forget about your troubles, forget about your chores. Take a 5 minute break and play with your pet. There are many studies on how pets can reduce cardiovascular stress, such as by lowering your blood pressure, and helping you release stress. This applies to all pets by the way, not just dog owners.
15. Keep in Touch with Your Friends
Close friends are one of the most over looked “ingredients” in the recipe of happiness (And happiness has a direct affect on your health!).
It’s easy to push up calling and connecting with old friends and loved ones. Take 5 minutes and do it now. Even if you are extremely busy, even if your kids are screaming and fighting. Go to another room, take 5 minutes and call the friend you’ve been meaning to call for a long time – Right now. You won’t regret it.
Of course if you add up all of these – It will take much more than 5 minutes a day. But you don’t have to. All you have to do to supercharge your health is one of these options every day. Today you can start with calling your friend. Tomorrow prepare the energy-boosting glowing green smoothie. The next day meditate for 5 minutes.
Satisfaction and better health is guaranteed.
Your first 5 minutes are starting…Now!
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