5 Playful Ways to Get Healthy Now

5 Playful Ways to Get Healthy Now

This article was originally published in the March/April issue of Latina Magazine.

We all know the essential wellness rules: drink lots of water, workout regularly, and eat a well-balanced meal. We don't often acknowledge, however, the extra little things we can do to benefit our bodies and minds. Ahead, some unconventional ways to get your health on.

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Go Nude

Go nude Ladies, do yourself a favor: At the end of a long day, spend time with your body, au naturel. You’ll be on the fast track to self-acceptance and body love. It may feel awkward at first, but trust us, the more time you spend seeing your cuerpo in all its glory, the more comfortable you’ll feel in your own skin—in and out of the bedroom.

Nix the Gym

Putting in treadmill time is necessary, but overdoing it can be more detrimental than helpful. Give yourself a break when your body asks for it: If you’re sick, exhausted, or really sore from an extra-tough workout, stay home, catch some Z’s, and let your muscles recover. 

Turn Up the Tunes

Need to up the ante during yoga? Relieve muscle pain? Improve memory skills? Jam out to Shakira (for 25 minutes per day, according to a study out of Austria), or whatever gets you moving, to give yourself a boost.

Grab Your Gals

Sure, ladies’ night at the club may lead to a hangover and a little less coin in your pocket, but it’s worth it for the good times you’ll have. Research conducted by California’s Loma Linda University shows that a little dose of laughter and socializing with friends lowers cortisol levels—the hormone that causes stress—and can even improve memory. 

Eat More Fat

Despite popular opinion, fat is not the devil. In fact, healthy fats can fuel your brain with the energy it needs to operate efficiently and help ward off the blues. They can even lead to a longer life, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Now, don’t go double-fisting the tres leches cake, instead load up on unsaturated fats like avocado, salmon, and nuts for more mental power