10 Ways To Get Healthy In One Hour Or Less

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This weekend is my favorite weekend of the year. It’s New York Marathon weekend, as well as Daylight Savings Time, giving us an extra hour. I always feel like I’m cheating death when we set our clocks back and think about all the fun things I’ll do with the extra time. My friends at Beautyrest Brand challenged me to share ways to help you take a step to a healthier you. Here are 10 ways to improve your health in one hour or less.

1. Go for a bike ride.
Enjoy the last few days of Fall and go for a bike ride. Getting your heart rate up for at least 20 minutes improves your cardiovascular health, strengthens your muscles, and reduces stress.

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2. Make brunch at home.
Living in NYC, I am the biggest proponent of eating out. Brunch is absolutely one of my favorite meals. While you may be inclined to eat out, consider cooking at home. Those who dine at home more regularly consume at least fewer 200 calories per day. Depending on our activity level, that’s 1-2 pounds you could lose easily. Also, dining at home means you’re less likely to take advantage of a boozy brunch, also saving you empty calories. I always enjoy making my own yogurt parfaits – it allows me to control the sugar content and get creative with the toppings.

Chobani Simply 100 yogurt parfait

3. Donate your running shoes.
I have wayyyyyyyyy too many running shoes. You may have wayyyyyyy too much of something else. Whatever it is, use the extra time this weekend to make a donation to your local charity. I will be donating my extra shoes to Soles4Souls.

In the process of doing good, you’ll be doing yourself a favor. People who help others report greater health: they have healthier hearts, less chronic pain, and bolstered immune systems.

Look at all the shoes I have to donate…

donate running shoes

4. Pick up something heavy.
As we get older, we lose muscle mass. Counter that by picking up some weights and building lean muscles. Muscles keep your metabolism up, give you the lean “fit” look, help you move better, improves posture, minimizes injuries, and ultimately live longer. There are way too many health problems associated with an over-abundance of body fat. I can’t think of any when you have more skeletal muscle.

reasons to lift weights

5. Call a friend.
People who have strong social relationships are less likely to die prematurely than those who are isolated. In fact, according to a 2010 review of research, the effect of social ties on life span is twice as strong as that of exercising, and equivalent to that of quitting smoking. So hang out with a friend, or maybe even host a pillow fight?

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6. Go grocery shopping.
Plan for the week ahead so you’re not tempted to cheat. Stock up on healthy foods like leafy veggies, lean meats, and other staples. Here’s my Clean and Lean grocery list to help get you started.

10 ways to a healthier you in less than one hour

7. Cheer for the NYC Marathon runners.
This Sunday, 50,000 athletes will be taking the city by storm and running 26.2 miles through the streets of New York. There is nothing more inspiring than cheering for random strangers. It will boost your mood and it goes back to the point in number 3 of the benefits of doing good.

TCS New York City Marathon

8. Get an extra hour of sleep.
According to the Beautyrest Brand Survey, nearly half of Americans (47%) would give up 5% or more of their salary if it meant they could get a good nights sleep each night for a year. On average, Americans would give up 9% of their salary to get the extra sleep. Don’t be a dummy. Get some rest this weekend so you don’t give your hard-earned money away!

9. Stretch.
Stretching can lead to better posture, increases your blood flow, sends oxygen to your brain for a clearer mind, and leads to fewer aches and pain. A simple stretch as you get out a bed will do wonders for you. And always stretch after you work out.

reasons to stretch

10. Explore your city.
Whether you live in a small town or the capital of the world, NYC, spend a few minutes exploring a new area of your home. You’ll never know what you’ll find, who you’ll meet, or where you’ll end up. Discovery heightens your senses and keeps your brain alert. Also, the exploration will help alleviate stress and also help you improve your health by fitting in some extra cardiovascular exercise.

ways to improve your health

Question: How do you plan on enjoying the extra hour we get with Daylight Savings Time ending?

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  • Love this post! I read #9 and instantly sat up a little straighter & I love taking new routes to my usual spots around town. It gets so boring taking the same streets over and over, when there are endless combinations. Pretty much every week I find myself on a new block and amazed by what I find!

    I hope to enjoy an extra bit of sleep before I wake up to cheer for you & the other NYCM runners – from afar! Have fun, my friend!!

    • Thanks @Lisa_earlymorningrun:disqus The NYCM was quite the rush. I hope you got out and enjoyed your extra hour. I definitely have been trying to stretch more…and foam roll. Killer!