7 quick health hacks for busy women
-Jan 12, Jenny Paul , Health -
You know that health is wealth but a complete overhaul of your diet, exercise and beauty regime can be a seriously daunting prospect. But you don’t have to spend hours at the gym or obsessing over calories to make a big change to your health. There are some quick but effective 10-minute hacks you could start incorporating into your daily routine to make a massive difference.
1. Take a cold shower
It’s doubtful you’ll manage 10-minutes in a freezing cold shower, but lathering up under a chilly blast of water has a whole list of reported health benefits. Even just adding a minute or two to your normally warm wash will help to charge your immune system, slow premature ageing, clear your brain and help you sleep. Not to mention it’s great for giving you shiny hair and glowing skin.
2. Give yourself a facial massage
It’s not just your shoulders that deserve a good massage. Gently massaging Lumity Facial Oil into your face and neck every morning will help to keep wrinkles at bay and leave it looking young and supple. A-list facialist Nichola Joss showed Lumity how to do a facial massage from the comfort of your own home.
3. Have a coffee
Take 10-minutes out of your busy day to have a coffee or better yet a cup of antioxidant-packed matcha tea. Caffeine has been shown to decreased the risk of cancer and improve mental focus. Leave out the cream, sugar and artificial flavouring though. Drinking black coffee reaps the most rewards.
4. Breathe into your belly
Just 5-10 minutes of diaphragmatic breathing a day can help lower blood pressure, slow the ageing process, improve mental focus and help you sleep better. So lie back, place a book on your belly and concentrate on making it fall and rise.
5. Take a nap
You might feel guilty about taking a nap in the middle of the day, but research is in abundance to suggest powering down to power up. Not only can 40 winks lower your blood pressure, it’s been shown to give you more patience and lower the risk of dying from heart disease. Even lying own quietly for 10-minutes can improve your mood even if you don’t nod off.
6. Get moving
We know finding time to exercise can sometimes be a chore, especially when you’re already trying to juggle work or family or both. But being active is imperative to good health. The UK government guidelines recommend healthy adults get 150 minutes of exercise per week. If half an hour a day feels like too much then break it down into ten minute segments. “You don’t have to do your entire workout in one go,” says Fit4mum’s Melissa Lorch. “10 minute doses is often more manageable.”
Check out Kate Hudson’s 10-minute happy workout.
7. Dry brush
If it’s good enough for Gwyneth Paltrow it’s good enough for you. Brushing your skin for a few minutes a day using a special body brush can help detoxify, exfoliate and even reduce the appearance of cellulite. Follow our how-to guide to dry brushing to ensure you’re doing it properly.