If you think your life can’t improve within a mere few minutes, then think again! When it comes to your health, you already know how important it is to eat well and stay active. But other lifestyle changes — that have nothing to do with diet or exercise — can also offer a big payoff for your wellbeing.
Try incorporating these 3-minute activities into your daily routine to benefit from reduced stress levels, lesser risk of certain diseases, lower blood pressure, and much more.
Brushing your teeth
In South Korea, the dental industry actively promotes the “3-3-3 brushing method,” which is as follows:
- Brush your teeth more than three times a day.
- Brush your teeth for more than three minutes, each time you brush.
- Brush your teeth within three minutes after finishing your meals.
Take these three steps when boiling water:
- Put water in a pan (preferably not aluminium), cover, and let it sit a few minutes before turning on the heat.
- When the water begins to boil, continue boiling for an additional three minutes.
- Remove the cover and boil for another three minutes, then shut off the heat.
Boiling water this way allows any harmful substances in the water to evaporate quickly.
Drinking tea is easy, but correctly brewing it is a different story. The following are some suggested methods of brewing the perfect cup of tea:
- For pu-erh or pu’er tea (a variety of microbial-fermented tea produced in Yunnan Province, China), brew for one minute and then pour away the water. Pour freshly boiled water over the leaves and brew for three minutes. The ideal water temperature is 212°F (100℃).
- For green tea, brew for three minutes. The ideal water temperature is 158°F–176°F (70℃–80℃).
- For black tea, brew for three minutes. The ideal water temperature is 194°F–212°F (90℃–100℃).
Using the above brewing methods is sure to produce a flavorful cup of tea.
Resting between exercises
Some people struggle to catch their breath after a strenuous workout. If this happens to you, try taking a 3-minute rest between exercises. You’ll probably notice that it’s much easier to resume your exercise workout, since your muscles have had a chance to recuperate.
Using the toilet
A lot of people like to read or use their mobile phones while sitting on the toilet. Some people go as far as installing a book shelf or magazine rack inside their bathrooms. However, it’s best to use the toilet for three minutes or less, if possible.
Statistics show that 25 percent of the people who suffer a stroke or die suddenly do so while lying on their bed in the morning. This period of time is often called the “devil time” of the day. Experts recommend that if you suffer from high blood pressure or heart disease, you should lie on your bed with your eyes closed for three additional minutes before getting up. Upon rising, move your four limbs and head so that your blood pressure naturally normalizes.
American physiologist Professor Ai Erma found that people who get angry for 10 minutes consume as much energy as they would if they had ran a 3,000-meter race! Moreover, when you gets angry, an array of physiological factors can damage the body, thus shortening your lifespan.
When you get angry, your blood pressure rises quickly, while those who are in poor physiological condition (especially the elderly), are more prone to brain hemorrhages, myocardial infarctions, or heart attacks.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.
Translated by Chua, B.C. and edited by Mark Pence.