(GoHealthier.com) – Adopting healthier habits doesn’t have to take a long time. With a few small changes, we may find ways to be healthier in just five minutes or less. That could get us in the habit of self-care routines that may add up to big benefits over time. Here are five healthy habits we can do in 5 minutes or less.
1. Reduce the Risk of Falling
Anyone could get hurt if they fall, and for people over 65, the risk of death from falling is much higher. Regardless of our age, taking five minutes to go through the house and address any fall risks may make a big difference in our health. Cords, floor clutter, loose rugs, and any other tripping hazards are easy to correct. Also, consider replacing burned-out light bulbs for nightlights, along with moving frequently used items to more convenient locations.
2. Use a Foam Roller
Foam rollers are useful for relieving muscle tension, and using one for just five minutes before bed each night may help relax the body. We can use a roller on just about any muscle group, so choose the areas that feel tight and give the roller a try. In addition to helping us relax before bed, this simple routine might also promote better sleep.
3. Protect the Skin’s Integrity
When skin is rough and dry, it’s more easily torn or damaged. That might mean problems with healing in that area, as well. Taking good care of our skin, and keeping it moisturized and hydrated, is one of the best ways to reduce the chances of damage.
The most effective time to moisturize is after a hot bath or shower, but any time is better than not at all. Oil-based creams that come in jars may be better choices for hydration.
4. Add Some Spices to Your Cooking
Many spices have health benefits and protective qualities for the body, ranging from lowering blood sugar and boosting heart health to reducing inflammation and even lowering the risk of cancer. Adding a few of these spices to the dishes we’re cooking may improve our overall health.
It’s quick and easy to spice up a meal, and experimenting with spices may also add great new flavor to old favorite dishes. Consider sprinkling cinnamon in oatmeal, adding turmeric to chili and including basil in a pasta recipe to reap the benefits.
5. Sip On Some Tea
Making a cup of tea might be a relaxing way to feel better. Sipping an herbal tea might also promote other health habits, and be a catalyst for choosing healthy foods and snacks, too. Research has found that teas also help lower sugar cravings, boost our immune systems, reduce inflammation and may assist us in de-stressing after a long day, making them a great way to add to our healthy habits. Green tea, black tea, and herbal tea are all great options.
There are many good ways to be healthier, and developing small, healthy habits may be easier when those habits don’t take a long time. Adding spices when we cook, sipping some tea, using foam rollers for sore muscles, moisturizing our skin, and keeping floors clear of clutter are all things we can do. They don’t take long, but they just might have bigger benefits than we realize.
~Here’s to a Healthier Life!
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