5 Hacks For A Healthier Week — Feb 22 2015

Illustrated by Jenny Kraemer.
It's cold out there, but that's no excuse to bail on an outdoor run. A study published in Environmental Science & Technology reports that outdoor exercise can increase your energy while it decreases tension, frustration, and depression — perfect to get you through this brutal winter. Try these other winter workout tips to stay in shape during the cold.

Breakfast sometimes gets kicked to the curb when you're short on time, but it's still the most important meal of the day. Try making microwaveable oatmeal in your coffee mug, with a scoop of almonds and some honey. Click through for breakfasts that are hot, healthy, and can be made in five minutes or less — accommodating both your busy schedule and your hungry belly. (Self)

Now, you can trick your brain into eating healthy...kind of. According to a new study done by the University of Oxford, those who can actively recall the last thing they ate before a meal will eat less during that meal. Researchers saw that people with dementia would eat a full meal even if they had just finished one — not because they were physically hungry, but because they couldn't remember having already eaten. The study concluded that remembering what you ate previously can help cue your body's hunger signals, meaning you might be abel to cut back on unnecessary snacking. (Shape)

This quick cardio move
can be done anywhere and without any equipment. It's the perfect indoor, winter workout for avoiding the cold. And, it's appropriately titled "The Speed Skater."

Having trouble sleeping? Try this common yoga breathing technique called nadi shodhana. By closing your eyes and alternating between each nostril to inhale and exhale, you could calm yourself into relaxation, making it easier to fall asleep. (Huffington Post)