13 Clever Life Hacks To Improve Your Health

Healthy Living: Lifestyle

By: // January 16, 2015


A collage of three different life hacks that improve your health and fitness.

Life is already busy, messy, and filled with unexpected surprises. So why contribute to the hecticness by making health harder than it has to be? Hack your way to better health with these 13 clever fitness and kitchen tricks that will save you time, money, and a headache.

1. Fancy up a water bottle to guzzle more.

A water bottle marked with time to help you drink more water.

PHOTO CREDIT: JewelPie.com

If you struggle drinking enough water throughout the day, a permanent marker and a clear water bottle might just be the cute, but effective, health hack you need. Divide the bottle into 200 ml intervals that coordinate with every hour in the day. If you stay on track, you’ll reach the magic eight glasses by dinnertime! Get the complete DIY water bottle how-to here.

2. Never eat a bad egg again.

A graphic showing you how to tell if your eggs are expired or good to eat.

PHOTO CREDIT: Food-Hacks.WonderHowTo.com

You’re not a bad egg; we think you’re great! But eating a bad egg? Not so great. To test the freshness of those last few guys hanging around in the carton, drop ‘em in a bowl of water. Fresh eggs will sink, eggs perfect for hard-boiling will sink on their side, and bad eggs will float. The more you know. See the full egg explanation here.

3. Save wilting herbs with an ice cube tray.

Herbs and Oilve Oil in Ice Cube Tray

PHOTO CREDIT: TheHungryMouse.com

When your fresh herbs are on the way out (aka starting to turn brown or are wilting), don’t toss them! Instead, put chopped herbs in ice cube trays, fill with olive oil, and freeze. Now you’ll always have cubes ready for sautéing veggies and meat or tossing in sauces! Get the full directions from The Hungry Mouse here.

4. Turn your favorite TV show into a unique workout.

A workout planned to the TV show Scandal

PHOTO CREDIT: TheBuffGeek.BlogSpot.com

We’re all guilty of it. We say there is not enough time in the day to the hit gym, but yet we find time to watch three plus hours of TV every night. How about putting that TV to good use? Whether you prefer Scandal, Orange Is The New Black, or Modern Family (or 40 other shows) there is a “watch and work” workout for you! Check out BuzzFeed’s immaculate list of 43 TV show workouts that will have you sweating while staying abreast of pop culture.

5. Make a DIY travel cup.

A DIY To-Go Cup for smoothies using Glad Press N Seal Wrap and A Straw

PHOTO CREDIT: Glad.com

How come we didn’t think of this ages ago! Take your smoothies and protein shakes on the go by covering a cup with Press ‘n Seal and popping in a straw. So simple, yet so awesome. Get the full how-to from Glad here.

6. Never buy a rotten avocado again.

An avocado showing if it's ripe or rotten.

PHOTO CREDIT: NWEdible.com

Avocados are expensive and when you end up with a rotten one, talk about bad news bear. You can avoid this grocery store travesty by flicking the dry stem off the bottom. If you see a brown patch under the stem, put it back. If you see a bright yellow-green color, put it in the cart. Huzzah! Get the complete avocado low down from Northwest Edible Life here.

7. Soothe a sore throat with a marshmallow.

Marshmallows used to soothe sore throat and cough

PHOTO CREDIT: Get Healthy U

Sore throat? Bust out a bag of marshmallows. Sap from the marshmallow plant has been used for hundreds of years to help treat coughs, colds, and sore throats. But the fluffy little guys we know and love from everybody’s favorite campfire treat may help ease throat pain thanks to the coating and soothing properties of the gelatin according to Health magazine.

8. Make onions, garlic, and shallots last longer.

Bags of onions and garlics for a hack to keep them fresh and last longer.

PHOTO CREDIT: TheYummyLife.com

Onions, garlic, and shallots already last longer than your average banana, apple, or orange but make them last basically forever (i.e. 3 months) with this simple trick. Steal your child’s paper lunch bag, punch holes in it, and secure with a paper clip. Yes, onion tears are still a thing, but at least we’ve conquered the rot. Get the full directions from The Yummy Life here.

9. Destink your sneakers.

Running shoes with the words "How To Deodorize Smelly Shoes" in a yellow circle.

PHOTO CREDIT: HouseWifeHowTos.com

To really destink your running shoes—we mean really get that funk out—requires a four step process. Wash and air dry, sprinkle with a homemade deodorizing powder, stuff with newspaper overnight, and finally, pop them in the freezer. Yes, give them a deep freeze! Get the full directions from Housewife How To’s here.

10. Baby your spices.

Baby food jars turned into magnetic spice jars on a fridge.

PHOTO CREDIT: OneLuckyPickle.com

No, we don’t mean coddle your spices. For the parents of little ones out there, transform your odds and ends spice collection into uniformed-sized leftover baby food jars. Cover with cute fabric, give it a label, and pop on a magnet to attach to the side of your fridge for easy access. Get the full directions from One Lucky Pickle here.

11. Make exercise a real page-turner.

Yes Please Amy Poehler Audible Book

PHOTO CREDIT: Audible

If your biggest health set back is getting your butt to the gym, up the ante. Download an audio book (we are currently loving Yes Please and Big Little Lies!) and make a rule to only listen to it when you’re working out. An I-can’t-put-this-down book will guarantee more trips to the gym!

12. Whip up homemade sweet potato chips in five minutes.

Homemade sweet potato chips made in under five minutes.

PHOTO CREDIT: SheKnows.com

Packed with vitamin C, iron, and beta-carotene, homemade sweet potato chips are a deliciously healthy side dish or snack. But sometimes cravings hit, and you just can’t wait 20 minutes for the oven to do its magic or your hand will soon be in a store-bought much-less-healthier bag. Here’s where this hack comes in. Turns out, you can make sweet potato chips in the microwave in less than five minutes. Get the full directions from SheKnows here.

13. Avoid limp lettuce.

A kitchen hack to stop lettuc from wilting.

PHOTO CREDIT: GenXFinance.com

A big bowl of lettuce on hand for salads is always a great thing to have in a fridge. But a big bowl of lettuce tends to go a little limp a little bit too fast. Let’s stop that. Simply place a single paper towel on top of lettuce in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Replace the paper towel every couple of days as it absorbs the moisture that makes the lettuce go bad. Your greens should be good for at least a week! Get the full directions from Generation X Finance here.

What clever healthy hacks did we miss? Share your secrets below!

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