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Getting healthy doesn't have to be a chore or a bore, as you'll see in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Comfy bed
- Sense of humor
- Dental hygiene (optional)
- Snack foods (optional)
Go ahead, hit that snooze button. And again. Getting plenty of sleep boosts your immune system, reduces your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, and helps keep your weight down.
Schedule errands early
Unavoidable errands or chores? Do them early. Raising your metabolic rate now means it will remain elevated even when you're at rest. And here's a crazy thought: since exercise actually increases your energy level, you might be more likely to keep moving.
You may look like a fool doing it, but if you walk backward part of your day, you'll burn up to 119 percent more calories than walking forward the same distance. Who's laughing now?
Have a healthy appetizer
Do you turn into a human vacuum at mealtimes? No need to starve yourself! Just munch an apple, eat a salad, or have a bowl of low-calorie soup before the main course. You'll feel fuller, so you're likely to eat fewer overall calories.
Hang out with friends. Making social connections helps maintain the brain's serotonin levels, enhancing your mood and possibly even staving off depression. And who else is going to force your lazy self to visit the doctor now and then?
Now get back on that couch. But turn on a comedy instead of drama, and you'll burn up to 20 percent more calories while watching TV. Seriously. No ambition necessary.