20 Health Hacks Every Girl Should Know! #springforward by Jennifer Lynch - Musely
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20 Health Hacks Every Girl Should Know! #springforward

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  • 1. Exercise with Popsicle sticks.
    Write do-it-at-home workout moves on popsicle sticks and each time you feel the urge to move (while you’re watching TV, perhaps?) grab one.

  • Writing fitness moves on Popsicle sticks could give you motivation to exercise while watching TV.
    Writing fitness moves on Popsicle sticks could give you motivation to exercise while watching TV.
  • 2. Cover a blister with duct tape.
    When you feel the symptoms of an impending blister, apply duct tape over the irritated spot as smoothly as possible, taking care to avoid creases. It cushions the blister and won’t peel off—lots of power-walkers and runners swear by this method when Band-Aids aren’t cutting it.

  • 3. Add weight while blow drying.
    A life hack every girl can try: Add wrist weights to your arms before you start blow drying your hair, or using other hot tools. Depending on your hair length and thickness, it could take over 20 minutes to completely dry. By adding weight on your arms, you’ll be challenging your muscles as you style with your (probably heavy) dryer and a hairbrush.

  • 4. Portion out your not-so-healthy treats.
    If you always find yourself furiously craving snacks like chips, pretzels, gummi bears, or M&Ms, portion servings out into baggies so you don’t devour the whole package when those inevitable sweet cravings arise. (And keep one baggie in your desk drawer at work to combat the occasional 4 p.m. craving.)

  • Portion out that bag of gummi bears so you don’t eat the whole thing.
    Portion out that bag of gummi bears so you don’t eat the whole thing.
  • 5. Yell “F*CK!” to heal pain.
    Letting expletives fly isn’t just a way to cope with pain, it could reduce it. Researchers found that study subjects who were allowed to curse and swear had a higher pain tolerance, less perceived pain, and lower heart rate. Best life hack ever.

  • 6. Make your playlists as long as each workout.
    Do this, and you won’t be glancing at the time the whole way through. You stop when the music stops.

  • 7. Bring the dog!
    If you’re looking for extra workout motivation, bring your dog with you for an outdoor walk or run. Pups need exercise too.

  • Going for a run or walk? Bring the dog!
    Going for a run or walk? Bring the dog!
  • 8. Drink a glass of lukewarm water with lemon (and cayenne pepper, if you dare) first thing every morning.
    This morning drink gets your organs going, and fresh lemon juice and cayenne pepper both have major anti-fungal, immune boosting, and detoxification properties. Plus, lemon juice is nature’s best tool for aiding in digestion and regularity, destroying bacteria and cleansing the system. Basically, this is the zero-sugar version of the spicy lemon drinks you can buy from various cleanse brands.

  • 9. Deskcersize
    Sitting all day can be a real detriment to your health, so it pays to sneak in some exercise at work. Here’s how to strengthen your abs and relieve tired leg muscles without getting up from your desk: Start with feet flat on floor, sit tall at your desk, and hold ab muscles tight. From there, extend one leg until it is level with your hip. Hold for 10 seconds lower leg slowly, and repeat 15 times before changing legs.

  • 10. Can’t sleep? Blame your cell phone.
    According to the Daily Mail, staring at your mobile’s screen at bedtime causes people to take longer to reach the deeper stages of sleep and to spend less time in them. Bad news, as deep sleep is essential for your body to rejuvenate cells and repair damage suffered during the day. Seriously, Instagram can wait until morning.

  • 11. Graffiti a water bottle. To ensure you’re drinking water all day, use a Sharpie to mark up a water bottle with one-hour intervals.

  • A guarantee that you’ll be drinking water all day!
    A guarantee that you’ll be drinking water all day!
  • 12.Practice the 2/30 rule …
    While we love vegging out in front of the tube as much as the next girl, it could cause of serious problems. According to Reader’s Digest, a large-scale study of over 9000 people found that those who watched more than two hours of TV a day ate more, while downing more sugary sodas and high-fat, high-cal, processed snack foods than those who watched less. Try following the 2/30 rule: limit TV to two hours a day, and be sure to get in 30 minutes of exercise.

  • 13. … And the 20/20/20 rule.
    If you stare at a computer all day with no breaks, try the 20/20/20 rule, which doctors say reduces eye strain and redness: Take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

  • 14. Work out too hard? Chow down on ginger.
    If you pushed yourself too much at the gym, try eating ginger, which can be added to stir-fries, juices, smoothies, or tea. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that consuming 2 grams of raw or heat-treated ginger per day can reduce post-workout muscle soreness by 25 percent. Why? Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds and oils called gingerols that have shown painkilling and sedative effects in animal studies, according to Men’s Health.

  • 15. Talk it out to build muscle.
    Verbal encouragement can increase the amount of weight you can lift, so pump iron with a supportive friend or work with a trainer.

  • 16. Eat before you eat.
    If you know you’re going to a party, a buffet, or a big dinner and don’t want to totally bust your diet, eat one to two cups of raw veggies beforehand to give your stomach a bit of a head start.

  • Don’t want to chow down on this while out to dinner? Give your stomach a head start by eating two cups of raw veggies before you go.
    Don’t want to chow down on this while out to dinner? Give your stomach a head start by eating two cups of raw veggies before you go.
  • 17. Track your meals with a printable (or digital) food journal.
    Studies have shown logging what you eat is an effective method for weight loss and management.

  • 18. Bag and freeze smoothie ingredients before you want the smoothie.
    This way, when you’re craving something sweet, you can toss the ingredients in the blender and drink up—no pre-chopping required.

  • 19. Sleep in a cold room to boost metabolism.
    Who knew sleeping in a cool bedroom may to increase your percentages of brown fat — a type of fat that acts more like muscle, helping to burn other fat and increasing metabolic rate — according to a 2014 study conducted by tthe National Institutes of Health.

  • 20. Book classes in advance.
    Booking pilates, yoga, spin, or other one-off classes in advance will always force you to go—otherwise, you get charged, since most require a credit card.


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