If you sit at a desk for hours on end, you're probably all too familiar with how your hunched-over position leaves you feeling at the end of the day. Besides being uncomfortable and creating aches and pains, sitting in this position happens to look pretty unattractive, too. According to Dr. Charles Wang, COO & co-founder of Lumo Bodytech, standing a little taller will be easier on your neck and back, and will help you feel more confident, since it lowers stress-causing cortisol levels in the brain.
Cut back on the sugar
I love a post-dinner brownie sundae as much as the next girl, but all good things in moderation, right? Marci Clow, dietitian and senior nutritionist at Rainbow Light, says cutting down on sugar is a good way to reduce your risk of all kinds of nasty long-term conditions. "Excess sugar consumption has been linked to many chronic disease conditions besides obesity. If we expect to reduce risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, or any other weight-related illness, the science shows that we need to reduce sugar intake." Try swapping the soda for some lemon water, which segues nicely into...
Get a massage
Treat yo' self to a massage, because science says so! Massage therapist Patrick Smith claims there are actually good health reasons to hit the spa once a month: "Massage calms the body and spirit, breaks up adhesions, and boosts the immune system." Go ahead and treat yourself... in the name of your health, of course.