Health Hacks I: The Secrets to Long Life are Free

Hacks are clever tips, tricks or shortcuts that increase productivity and efficiency in the various walks of life. Health Hacks, by extension, are those simple “do’s” that promote good health.

There are gazillions of ‘predisposing factors’ to every known illness – factors that mostly fall under the “lifestyle choices” category. What I mean is, these factors are under our control. Excessive alcohol consumption messes with your liver in the long run. Sedentary lifestyle is your express ticket to pulmonary embolism. Prolong exposure to ionizing radiation could give you cancer. Too much fatty food and you might be setting yourself up for a cardiovascular disease. Hence there’s the need to inculcate health hacks—the ultimate antithesis of predisposing factors—into our daily lives

And I think everybody should be suckers for health hacks.

While a major limitation to imbibing most of the wellness tips we find on the internet into our daily routine, for many, may be the financial constraint, the ones in this article are carefully selected and require minimal cost. So, hey, you shouldn’t have any excuses now.

Six simple-yet-powerful Wellness Tips

1. A cup of water goes a long way.

“Take plenty of water” Healthy lifestyle aficionados throw these words around a lot. And numerous studies back the claim that finds a positive correlations between dehydration and detrimental health effects. Getting one of those fancy water bottles with encouraging words could be a great place to start.

2. Find a daily work-out routine.

This could be something as simple as 20 push-ups every morning or a 5 minute jog. Find the one that works best for you and stick to it. Exercise doesn’t just deliver physical benefits. It also increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, thereby making you mentally quicker and sharper.

3. Prioritize cold baths over hot baths

Though both offer an array of advantages, when weighed side by side, cold baths have an edge over hot baths. As much as possible, limit/reduce your frequency of hot showers.

4. Take frequent breaks from sitting

Spending long periods of time sitting can be incredibly harmful to every aspect of your overall health. From the loss of blood flow to your extremities that can cause blood clots to a compressed abdomen that can lead to digestive issues, there are numerous health risks that can be avoided by simply taking a few minutes to walk outside or even around the block.

5. Maintain a positive attitude.

Research suggests that certain personal attributes—optimism, enthusiasm, positive outlook—help some people avoid or healthfully manage diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and depression.

6. Practice the 20-20-20 vision exercise.

We live in the digital age. The average individual stares at phone and computer screens for hours on end. Little wonder the percentage of the world population that uses corrective glasses continue to increase each year. The impact prolong screen time has on the eye needs no explanation. When you stare at your screen (like you’re most likely doing now), you contract your eye muscles. Prolonged, this could cause eye strains. The 20-20-20 rule is your way out. For every 20 minutes spent using a screen, you should try to look away at something that is [at least] 20 feet away from you for a total of 20 seconds. This relaxes the eye muscles.

Many of the tips here are by no means new to us, but by highlighting their importance, it is my hope that we will be encouraged to imbibe them into our daily routine.

Till we meet again, when I hope to be basking in your tales of good health.

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