Now when I say these are things you can do in the next 5 minutes, I mean after reading this post in full of course.
So let’s get to this. Here are 5 things you can do in 5 minutes that are good for your health.
1. Walk outside
If you have a garden, walk around it and admire your plants. If you haven’t or you have a small garden like me, just head out. Even a quick 5-minute walk is good for your health and so is getting outside.
2. Meal plan
Take 5 minutes every week to plan your meals for the week. I personally find that if I plan my meals for the week and plan my snacks, I am far less tempted to eat rubbish that I know won’t help me to achieve better health and my ideal weight.
Some people like to have set meals planned out for each individual day of the week. I personally find it easier to have the meal ingredients for 7 different meals planned out and then I choose which of those options I want the night before. So on a Sunday night, I choose my meal for Monday. I also plan out my lunch meals and snacks for each day.
3. Drink a glass of water
Okay, I know you can do this in much less time than 5 minutes, but what I encourage you to do is sip your water and simply sit and relax. close your eyes if this helps and be really mindful of your surroundings and your body.
I encourage you to add this into your day several times each and every day. Drinking more water are the 2 things that have the biggest day to day impact on my overall health and wellbeing.
Check out this challenge – 30-day water and walking challenge – This is the most popular challenge here on the blog.
4. Eat some fruit or veggies
It always used to be recommended that we eat 5 portions of different fruit or veg a day. Recent articles I’ve read suggest a better figure is actually 10 portions and mostly of vegetables. How about slicing up some veggie sticks to nibble on?
Maybe use your 5 minutes to prepare a nice mixed salad -Pop it in the fridge to serve up with every meal.
5. Do some housework or gardening
When we think about exercise, so many people think the gym or exercise classes. Seriously though, think back through the generations. Our ancestors didn’t go to the gym to stay fit. Everyday things like housework or gardening definitely count. If you only have a 5-minute slot of time, this is a great way to get active.
Try this – Set your timer for 5 minutes and really go for it. See how much tidying/cleaning you can get done before the timer goes off. If you have a clutter spot in the house, see if you can clear it in this time.
I’m a big fan of small changes
Now, of course, these 5-minute activities won’t make a massive difference by themselves, but I just wanted to get you thinking about how you can build up your healthy lifestyle in short slots of time.
Going to the gym, changing your eating habits or any other big change is great but for most of us who have struggled with losing weight and creating a healthy lifestyle, they’re also either too daunting of just not at all appealing to us. Therefore, we’re unlikely to stick to big changes.
Instead, keep trying to look for little changes that you can add to your everyday life that will help you improve your health and fitness for life.
Leave me any suggestions for small life changes in the comments below. What can you do in 5 minutes that are good for your health?
P.S. Another post you might like is the Get active with mini Exercise Boosts.