5 Hacks For Your Healthiest Week, Ever — Jan 11 2015

Photographed by Jens Ingvarsson.
If you're looking to build strength or recover from an injury, don't underestimate the power of the mind. A recent study in which participants' limbs were temporarily immobilized found that the people who did mental visualization exercises were able to regain limb strength faster than those who didn't use visualization techniques.
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Here's your excuse to cuddle up this week: New research suggests that the humble hug could protect against viruses that cause the common cold, possibly by keeping stress levels lower. (Prevention)
Don't give up on those resolutions just yet. There are simple steps you can take to make your goals stick — from getting the support of your friends to reframing your objectives.
Breakups definitely suck, but it turns out that the key to getting over them could be ruminating even more about the relationship that was. It might seem counterintuitive, but looking back may provide the opportunity you need to move forward — and rebuild your own independent identity.
So, you got a brand new, fancy fitness tracker for the holidays, huh? To get the most out of it, make sure you're wearing it on your non-dominant wrist — and that you've taken the time to calibrate your stride in order to get the most accurate results. (Shape)