Six Super Easy Lazy Health Tips You Should Do Daily
You can improve your health and energy level without hardly trying, and here are six tips to prove it. Each tip requires barely any effort, and you can do them every single day, several times a day, and you can do all but one while sitting down.
Do you want to feel better?
The following six-tip routine is incredibly simple, yet so effective. If you incorporate these six actions into your daily routine, you are nearly guaranteed to feel better. Write down the six words on several pieces of paper and tape them above your desk, on your bathroom mirror, and on your refrigerator.
1. Blink: Staring at a computer screen, either at work or at home, can stress your eyes and result in computer vision syndrome (associated with dry eye disorders), headache, and eye fatigue. There’s a simple solution: blink more often and completely. Here’s where the taped note comes in handy. Remind yourself to blink more often by placing notes on your computer, even if you have to schedule a reminder on your computer or smart phone.
A new study appearing in Optometry and Vision Science entitled “Blink rate, incomplete blinks and computer vision syndrome” notes that dry eyes are associated with a reduced blink rate, but that it’s also important for blinks to be complete (fully closing the eyes). The authors explained that “actions to achieve complete corneal coverage during blinking may be more helpful in alleviating symptoms during computer operation.”
2. Breathe: When you are sitting in traffic, at your computer, in a long business meeting, at a doctor’s office, or if you are standing in line at the grocery store, take a moment to inhale slowly through your nose, send the air to your stomach, hold the air for a few seconds, then slowly release the inhale through your mouth. Repeat several times and throughout the day.
You should feel the stress and tension lift from your shoulders, even if only for a short time, and experience a rush of vitality. If you keep repeating this simple exercise, after a few days you won’t even need to read the notes you have left for yourself.
3. Bend: When you are standing at the sink washing your hands, doing dishes, brushing your teeth, or putting on your makeup, remember to bend your knees slightly. Why? Because this stance is an excellent way to maintain your balance. If you get into the habit of slightly bending your knees when you are standing, you may be less likely to fall, because bending your knees slightly helps stabilize your core.
This stance is standard in tai chi, an ancient movement exercise that can help you improve your balance and coordination, as well as improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
4. Stretch: You don’t even need to get out of your chair to benefit from this activity, although you may feel even better if you do. Simply raise your arms above your head as far as you can, interlock your fingers, turn your palms toward the ceiling, and stretch up. Bend slowly to one side as far as you can comfortably, hold the position for several seconds, then slowly return to the starting position. Repeat on the other side.
For an even more invigorating stretch, stand up, place your feet shoulder width apart, and do your stretch. It’s a great way to get over the mid-morning and mid-afternoon slump and inject some energy into your day.
5. Squeeze: Remember to squeeze your puboccocygeus muscles several times a day. These muscles, also known as pelvic floor muscles, are the ones you use to help control urine flow. However, by exercising these muscles regularly, you also can improve sexual pleasure and reduce urinary incontinence.
An excellent time to practice Kegal exercises is when you need to urinate. Several times while you are urinating, squeeze your PC muscles and stop the urine flow for a few seconds, then relax. Repeat the squeeze several times if possible and do Kegels several times a day. These exercises are effective for both women and men.
6. Shrug: Headaches are often triggered by holding a lot of tension as muscle clenching in your shoulders and neck. Check right now: are your shoulders up near your ears? Are you hunched over your desk or your computer tablet? Bring your shoulders up toward your ears as far as is comfortable, then roll your shoulders back and down, completing a rolling shrug. Feel better? Repeat several times now and throughout the day.
So get out a sticky note and write down these six words: Blink, Breathe, Bend, Stretch, Squeeze, and Shrug. These six super easy lazy health tips can go a long way toward helping you feel more relaxed, energized, and alert.
Portello JK et al. Blink rate, incomplete blinks and computer vision syndrome. Optometry and Vision Science 2013 May; 90(5): 482-87