You know you “should” meditate, bypass the elevator for the stairs, and order a salad instead of a sandwich—they’re the “healthy” things to do, after all. But when you can’t relax, ran that morning, and are craving bread, it’s easy to think one tiny choice doesn’t mean anything. However, recent research shows that some seemingly insignificant acts may have significant payoff when it comes to your physical and mental wellness, waistline, and work performance. Make these seven picks and never again worry that you did the wrong thing.
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You're Happy to Tackle a Flight of Stairs
Studies show: The potential to shrink almost two sizes
Dropping 12 pounds in a year is as easy as choosing the steps over an escalator or elevator nearly every day, says Sonu S. Ahluwalia, M.D., clinical chief of orthopedic surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Aside from fitting into your back-of-the closet jeans (at least that’s where ours go when they don’t fit), the perks here are big: Numerous studies show that losing just 10 percent of your body weight can lower blood pressure, reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol, and decrease internal inflammation—which means lower risk of stroke, heart attack, and certain cancers, respectively—as well as put less pressure on joints.