Change your Life in 10 Minutes or Less


No matter how little time you have, you have time to change your life, according to the experts at Canyon Ranch who showed Shape's reader makeover winners how. Be the next success story: Take a few minutes and change your life with these expert tips. Even 30 seconds gets you somewhere.

Got 30 seconds to change your life?Putting your fork in your left hand instead of your right (or vice versa) will keep you focused on what you're doing," says Peggy Holt, a behavioral therapist at Canyon Ranch. "It may feel awkward at first, and you might spill a little, but because it makes you more mindful of eating, you'll slow down-and as a result, you'll eat less!"

Got 5 minutes to change your life?

Stretch your quads, hamstrings, shoulders, and hips. "Working on flexibility for a few minutes every day is more beneficial than doing just one hour-long yoga class a week," says Mike Siemens, Canyon Ranch's director of exercise physiology. "And don't downplay its importance: Being limber can help decrease your risk of injuries and pain."

Got 8 minutes to change your life?

Overcome your fear of cooking fish. "Varieties like salmon and trout are high in protein and heart-healthy fats," says Hana Feeney, a nutritionist at Canyon Ranch. "Try poaching the fish in water or low-sodium broth for 8 minutes (drop it right into the boiling liquid). This method doesn't stink up the house the way broiling does, and because it's so gentle, it's hard to overcook the fish."

Got 10 minutes to change your life?

Explore your grocery store's grain aisle. "Whole grains are packed with fiber, which helps keep you full," says Feeney. "But most people think brown rice is the only option. Try lesser-known varieties, like quinoa, barley, and farro-they're all easy to cook and each one has a slightly different flavor and texture."

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