How to look and feel healthier in one month, according to science
Detox in a day! Feel healthier in just hours! Lose 5 pounds in a week!
There are plenty of health promises out there that might sound great, but most of them simply don't stack up.
However, as scientists learn more about how our bodies work, evidence has mounted in support of some simple things that you can do every day to look and feel healthier in a relatively short amount of time.
We're not promising anything extreme here - your body is a complicated, wonderful machine and it's not going to magically transform like some kind of Hollywood superhero's.
But with summer weather upon us, here are 12 things you can start doing today that your body will thank you for after four weeks or less. Each of these simple acts starts paying measurable dividends within a month, and things get even better after that, with long-term results that scientists have measured in and out of the lab.
Get ready to look and feel great.
The simplest, most effective thing you can do for your health is get moving. Even one minute of intense, all-out exercise done regularly can improve your fitness level.
When it comes to your plate, consider cutting back on salty processed foods.
Adopt a sleep schedule that gets you seven to eight hours of shut-eye per night.
Stay hydrated with plenty of water (and maybe even some coffee if that's your thing).
To improve your complexion, be diligent about using certain types of sunscreen and lotion.
Health isn't just about your physical body — your mood is important, too. Research shows that two 50-minute sessions of aerobic exercise per week is enough to boost your mood "significantly."
Consider giving meditation a try, too.
If it's productivity you're after, consider an afternoon nap. But don't make your snooze sessions too long.
Be emotionally honest with yourself.
Spend a little time each week visualizing your best possible future self.
But if you're looking for the best way to thrive long-term, relationships are the key to lasting wellness.
Whatever new habits you try out this month, know that it takes time to create lasting change.
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