5 Hacks For A Healthier Week — Feb 01 2015

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Stressful day at work? Taking a quick walk at lunchtime could solve that — and a lot more: A recent study found that on days when employees walked for just 30 minutes at lunch, they were less stressed, more enthusiastic, and less fatigued than on days when they didn't. (Prevention) Sometimes, we need a protein kick in the morning, but we don't want to sacrifice the sweetness of a smoothie. On those days, try adding chia seeds and peanut butter to the mix (like in this recipe) to get both. Coffee is excellent, but it has one fatal flaw: It contains caffeine, so we can't drink it at every hour of the day. Which is why we're so excited about a new brand of decaf coffee that also has valerian root in it; it promises to soothe you to sleep. We've all gotten stuck in a mid-run slump at some point in our lives, but a new app could help you push through. Motigo is like a "personal cheering squad in your ear." (Self) And, while we're on the topic of pushing through, a simple mental trick can make working out a little more comfortable. One study suggests that just by changing our perspective on mild pain and imagining it to be less uncomfortable, we'll actually experience it that way. (Shape)

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