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Some people think that good health takes a long time to achieve.
But there are plenty of good health habits that can be done in 60 seconds or less.
From buckling your seatbelt and washing your hands, to doing a breast or testicular self-exam and taking folic acid during pregnancy, getting healthier may take less time than you think.
"Health is really an aggregate of the choices you make in daily life," said Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, an integrative physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Both the positive and negative choices you make every day factor in, she said.
Doing something good for your health is better than doing nothing at all, Nerurkar explained. "Every little bit counts."
With this in mind, Nerurkar suggested some good health tips you can tackle in under a minute: Jumping rope to boost your heart rate. Standing up straight to prevent low back pain. Smiling or laughing to improve your mood. And expressing gratitude — by writing down five things you're grateful for each day — to build optimism and resilience.
For additional ideas, here are nine more healthy habits that don't require much time.
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