31 Ways to Boost Your Mood—and Health This Month
Pack your calendar with fast and fun ways to see your health and spirits soar.
1. Join a running club
In a new study, mice that “worked out” en masse lost 50 percent more abdominal fat than their solitary peers. According to lead researcher Matthew during, Ph.D., a professor of neuro- science at Ohio State university Medical Center, this evidence suggests that being more social can help people shape up faster.
2. Give in to pressure
An easy way to work the kinks out of your back: Place a tennis ball between your shoulder blades and the wall and do a few deep knee bends. Ahh!
3. Get a low-fat jolt
A Tall cup of Starbucks’ new Skinny Peppermint Mocha latte packs 11 grams of lean protein and only 110 calories.
4. Make more whoopee
People who have sex once or twice a week have 30 percent more infection-fighting antibodies in their saliva than those who get busy less often.
5. Chat up a stranger
Make the most of waiting in long lines by talking to someone. Wake Forest University research found that acting extroverted makes people feel happier.
6. Wash your hands
In a recent analysis of 390 cellphones, 16 percent were contaminated with E.coli—likely transferred from germy hands.
7. Take a deep breath
To subdue stress, inhale deeply so that your belly balloons but your chest stays still. Slowly exhale through your mouth until your stomach empties, and repeat.
8. Sip wine with dinner
New research shows that moderate drinking (one glass per day) ups your chances of living a longer, healthier life.
9. Be a soft touch
Don’t let this be the winter of your skin’s discontent. “As temperatures and humidity levels plummet, you can experience flaking, cracking, and even eczema,” says David Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mt. Kisco, NY. The most effective hydrators attract moisture to skin and seal it in place. Try Eucerin Daily + Strength Body Creme ($8; drugstores).
10. Start glowing
Place a milk- soaked washcloth over your face for 10 minutes.