14 Easy Hacks That Make Being Healthy Way Easier

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The term "wellness" can sometimes feel like a big, intimidating umbrella that covers all the healthy routines you should be following but can't quite fit into daily practice. We get it. There are only so many hours in the day, and trying to squeeze in every flash-in-the-pan craze — Oil pulling? Gritting? Human popsicle-ing? — makes the whole ordeal feel like a lost cause best left to celebrity lifestyle gurus.
The good news? We've got a much less intimidating strategy that'll boost your fitness, nutrition, and general well-being. Ahead, we've compiled 14 healthy hacks you can accomplish right this very minute, from asking your Google Assistant to schedule all your overdue doctor appointments to engaging in a little laughter therapy. We bet you'll feel better by the time you finish reading this.
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Squeeze in daily exercise by commuting to work by foot or bike. Look up the best route ahead of time, and calculate how early you need to leave to get there on time.
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Real talk: When's the last time you bought new sneakers? The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine recommends replacing your kicks as soon as you see any creasing or unevenness in the midsole — or after 300 to 500 miles of running or walking. If you're getting random, unexpected blisters or pain points every time you wear your worn-in shoes, that's another sign you need to buy replacements. Do your feet a favor!
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Take a few minutes to do a medicine cabinet sweep, and clear out any products that have expired. Add everything that needs to be replaced (pain relievers, eye drops, etc.) to your shopping list.
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Are you getting enough quiet, solo time throughout the day? Ask your Google Assistant to schedule a daily timer that blocks off 20 minutes of "me time." Use it to explore meditation, which can ease the effects of anxiety, depression, and pain.
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Or use your newfound downtime as a chance to get up from your desk. Take a quick walk outside, stretch, or work towards personalized fitness goals with Fitstar.
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Feeling stressed? Make a YouTube playlist of funny videos, or queue up a comedy podcast. The Mayo Clinic reports a quick dose of laughter can quickly relieve stress and soothe tension.
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Not a gym person? Don't let it stop you from working out. Check out the websites of your local yoga, dance, or Pilates studios to see if they offer a complimentary first-timer class. You might find your new fave.
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The procrastination ends here! Sit down and schedule every single doctor appointment you need to make for the next year. Ask your Google Assistant to set reminders, so you don't forget about the far-off dates.
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Trying to reach a certain fitness goal (think: going vegan, running a marathon)? Create accountability by tweeting it out or sharing progress on social media.
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Embarking on a major cooking overhaul can feel intimidating. Instead, challenge yourself to try out one nutrition-packed lunch recipe per week. Multiply the recipe to make a larger batch, and bring it to work over the course of your week.
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When weather permits, get your vitamin D fix by eating your lunch outside. Falling into the habit of eating in front of your laptop (#saddesksalad) is way too easy to do.
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Pacing to get your nine glasses of water in by end of day? Ask your Google Assistant to set a recurring reminder to get up and refill your cup.
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Feeling down? Sign up to walk dogs at your local shelter. Not only will you get some exercise and outdoor time, but you'll also benefit from spending time around dogs, which one study shows releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin.
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Sunscreen. Wear it.
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