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Little Habits, Huge Health Payoffs

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You have tons of health goals -- but not enough time to make them a reality. Now we'll help you reach every one without devoting your life to getting there. Here, super-speedy ways to improve you health in only minutes a day.

In Less Than 5 Minutes You Can...

While our hearts are in the right place, our schedules often get in the way of our healthy goals. In fact, according to our exclusive FITNESS survey, up to 97 percent of you aspire to live healthier lives. Unfortunately, you're hitting some serious roadblocks: Forty-two percent say there simply aren't enough hours in the day to make your wellness dreams a reality. Starting right now, we'll show you how to take back your time. With as little as 10 seconds here and 20 minutes there, you can completely transform you life -- mind, body, and spirit.

In 1 Minute You Can...Find Your Focus

Instead of thinking I need to work out, fine-tune your objective to something like I'm going to do my 30-minute DVD workout on Monday before work. "Being detailed forces you to think through the steps necessary to accomplish the goal and makes it harder to find excuses," says Jackie Keller, trainer and author of Body After Baby.

In 2 Minutes You Can...Build a Better Brain

Right-handed? Use your left hand to brush your teeth or vice versa. "This improves brain signaling, which helps prevent age-related memory loss," says Frederic Vagnini, MD, coauthor of Count Down Your Age.

In 3 Minutes You Can...Set a Healthier Table

Use short, fat glasses for water and tall, skinny ones for drinks that are less healthy. Researchers found you'll drink more with the former and less with the latter. Try portion-controlled plates too. Eating off of them, overweight diabetics lost about 6 pounds in as many months, reports the Archives of Internal Medicine. We like the EZ Weight Plate because, well, it's easy. Each has four compartments with measurements inside ($19.95, www.ezweightplate.com).

In 5 Minutes You Can...Get More from Your Doc

Jot down everything you'd like to discuss with her before your appointment. It will improve your chances of leaving satisfied, concluded a recent review of 33 trials.

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