10 Ways To Be Healthier In 10 Minutes Or Less

04/17/2013 08:25 am ET

It seems like our favorite excuse: "There just aren't enough hours in the day." It gets us out of workouts, concocting nutritious homemade meals, sleeping enough.

But does health have to be a trade-off with time? A new study examined the time American adults spend on beneficial behavior and found that many of us are sacrificing one health-promoting activity for another. Among health-minded folk, a 10-minute increase in meal prep time meant a 10-minute shorter workout, MyHealthNewsDaily reported.

"If we assume, for example, that adults have 45 minutes of free time to allocate to health-promoting behaviors, maybe we need to look at that holistically and determine the optimal way to use that time," Rachel Tumin, lead author of the study and epidemiology student at The Ohio State University's College of Public Health, said in a statement.

If we only have 45 proverbial minutes, we plan to make the most of them. Luckily, there are easy (and cheap) ways to be healthier in just minutes. Below, some of our favorite ways to improve our bodies and minds in 10 minutes or less. Let us know in the comments which quick-and-easy health-boosting methods you swear by.

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