Friday, September 3, 2010

Healthier in 5 Minutes!

No matter what your schedule, you can follow these supereasy shortcuts for a better state of mind - and body!

1. Take a music time-out: "Music sends calming signals," says Dr. Beth Hamilton, coauthor of So Stressed. "Take a one-song break when you're stressed at work or you're up in the middle of the night."

2. Stay in bed: "Make the most of your first waking moments," says Dr. Woodson Merrell, author of Power Up. "Set a peaceful tone for the day with this exercise: Sit on the edge of your bed and breathe in for a count of 4, pause, then breathe out for a count of 6. Do this for at least 2 minutes."

3. Pack your own lunch: "Save on calories by bringing your own food," says Jillian Michaels, host of Losing It with Jillian on NBC. "It'll help you avoid the doughnuts in the office."

4. Drink watermelon juice: "Water isn't the only way to stay hydrated," says Jackie Keller, celeb nutritionist. "Switch it up with this juice. It's sugar-free, low-cal, full of vitamin C and helps reduce bloat."

5. Eat fruit before bed: "It super-charges your metabolism," says Keller. "And it keeps hunger at bay all night, into the next morning."

6. Chew more: "Eating too fast results in chuncks of food that are harder for your body to break down," says Merrell. "Eat slower: You won't have as many digestive issues, and you'll feel more satisfied without overeating!"

7. Get outside: "A few minutes of natural sunlight can help clear your head and even boost brain function and immunity," says Hamilton.

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