Jumpstart Your Wellness (in Under 20 Minutes a Day!)

Think staying healthy requires a hefty time commitment? Think again. Each of these wellness breaks only takes ten minutes or less to complete. Make them a part of your daily routine, and we guarantee you’ll see a difference, inside and out.

Give Your Face a Massage

  • Time: 3 minutes
  • When to do it: In bed in the morning

There's a reason why facialists spend so much time kneading your visage — these gentle motions revitalize skin and help release toxins. Instead of hitting the snooze button in the morning, try this easy ritual. Smooth a few drops of face oil all over and place eye treatment pads over your eyes. Use your fingers to massage the muscles in your lower jaw, temples, and the space between your brows. Then remove the pads and gently tap the area around your eyes to improve circulation. Try it once a week or whenever you need a boost.

Improve Your Strength

  • Time: 5 minutes
  • When to do it: While your coffee’s brewing

So what if you can’t make it to the gym today? That’s no excuse to neglect your body completely. Turn up your favorite song and get moving: Do fifty jumping jacks, then hit the floor for one minute of Mountain Climbers and ten push-ups. Rise into the plank position and hold it for one minute to tighten your core. Stretch for another minute to return your breathing to normal.

Pop a Multivitamin

  • Time: A few seconds, once or twice daily
  • When to do it: After a meal

Studies show that vitamin supplements can help prevent osteoporosis, boost immunity, improve cellular function, and balance hormones. Whether you opt for an over-the-counter multivitamin or a tailored pack, make sure get your daily dose of essentials like folic acid, B-vitamins, calcium, and vitamin D. Think about incorporating fish oil supplements, which have been shown to stimulate fat-burning enzymes, lower cholesterol, and enhance brain function.

Drink Water Creatively

  • Time: A few seconds, several times a day
  • When to do it: Any time, any place

If swilling the recommended 64 ounces of water per day is daunting, get creative. Add a bit of fresh mint, cucumber, or lime to your glass for a little flavor, or squeeze in a few drops of antioxidant water booster. If flat water bores you, invest in a Sodastream, which injects plain H20 with sparkling bubbles. Keep the fun, oversized bottle at your desk as a reminder to hydrate throughout the day.

Bedtime Yoga

  • Time: 10 minutes
  • When to do it: Before bedtime

If you have trouble sleeping, it might be because of pent-up tension. With the lights out, sit cross-legged on the floor and take ten deep breaths into the bottom of your belly. Then, gently roll your head in a circle to knead out any knots in your shoulders. Stretch your arm over to one side and take five deep breaths into your ribcage, and repeat on the other side. Finally, lie down in Happy Baby pose to open your hips and lower back for one to two minutes. Slowly sit up and make your way to bed for easy, deep sleep.

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