22 ideas for a healthy lifestyle that take 10 minutes or less

In a recent study by Michigan State University, a healthy lifestyle is defined by four basic criteria; Not smoking, Holding weight down, Eating right and Exercising. Of the 153,000 respondents, only 3% participated in all four of what are termed healthy lifestyle characteristics. The most common excuse people make for not trying to have a healthy lifestyle is “a lack of time.”


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What can you do in 10 minutes or less?


More than you think. In a brief 10 minute window, you can release tension, prevent future frustrations, get your blood flowing, etc. In fact, here are 22 things you can do to encourage better health. With time out as an excuse, what are you going to begin doing differently tomorrow? The point is to just do something, and something is always better than nothing. Here are a few ideas.

  1. Straighten your posture

  2. Do 15 sit-ups

  3. Send a friendly email to a friend

  4. Drink a glass of water

  5. Open a window

  6. Wake up 10 minutes earlier

  7. Jog in place for 9 minutes

  8. Put down the remote and get up to change the TV channel

  9. Brush your teeth

  10. Stand up and stretch

  11. Smile

  12. Say thank you to someone who deserves it

  13. Browse healthy recipes (we recommend checking out )

  14. Take a quick walk

  15. Layout your clothes for the next day

  16. Eat an apple

  17. Do 10 lunges

  18. Start a saving jar to be added to once per day

  19. While watching TV, do 5 push-ups during the break

  20. Post an inspirational quote

  21. Put on hand lotion

  22. Take a deep breath

These things take no time at all but they all could ensure a positive day and a healthier lifestyle. How many of the above would your include on your list? We want to encourage as many as possible to think about their health daily, and know that even the little things can make a difference. Download Challenge 22 and get started by listing the 22 things you are going to do to make an improvement to your day or health. Tag us in your lists! We want to see your choices.


Whatever we hope you choose to do, make your day healthier and happier.