30 Useful “Body Hacks” That Might Help You One Day
Us humans are kind of weird at times: we can train our bodies to lift heavy weights or run incredible distances, yet sometimes we manage to fall while walking on an even surface or mistake left and right five times a day. But even despite all of the weirdness, our bodies are capable of some pretty amazing things that never cease to surprise us.
A while ago, Reddit user u/Jjnxjodwnijcnqfjinji asked people to share some cool ‘life hacks’ our bodies can do – and you’ll be surprised by how much interesting answers they received. Turns out there are a lot of things our bodies can do that can make our lives so much easier – and you’re about to learn it all. From relieving stress to making peeing at night easier, check out the most useful ‘body hacks’ you probably never knew about in the gallery below!
When you do pullups, try to imagine yourself pulling your elbows down, not pulling your body up. It’s a mental trick that can make them feel easier, because it forces you to use the muscles in your back more.
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Make pooping easier by elevating your knees and feet, so you’re in a squatting position.
Water should be the first thing you put into your body each day.
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Instead of treading water and tiring yourself out float on your back by arching your spine and pushing your hips up toward the sky. Spread your limbs out and use small movements with your arms to stabilize. Contemplate life.
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Squeezing your left thumb into your palm can help cut off your gag reflex.
Thought it was [bullcrap]. Tried it. Can brush my tongue nicely now
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If you have a stuffed up nostril, lay on your side which is opposite to the nostril (e.g. If the left nostril is plugged, lay on your right side). Try tilting your head different ways and just lay there. Once you find the right head orientation, the pressure will relieve itself. It’s orgasmic.
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When you are hot pour cold water over your wrists to cool your body off. The reason this remedy works is because your wrist and neck both contain pulse points, areas where you can feel your pulse because your blood vessels are close to the surface of your skin.
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If you need to get up in the middle of the night keep one eye closed so that when you flip on the lights it stays attuned to night vision. That way you can still see in the dark with the other eye when you’re done.
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Feeling depressed or just thoroughly upset? Have a snack containing the following:
–Dark chocolate (to raise endorphins)
–Blueberries (to raise serotonin)
–Green tea+ (which contains L-theanine that blocks stress receptors in your brain)
–Anything rich in B-vitamins like 5-Hour Energy, VitaminWater, or banana chips (as B-vitamins replenish energy that’s sapped when you are depressed)
I’ve used this custom snack pack to great effect in the past, even coming back from being legitimately suicidal. I’ve had my mood turn around inside of 2 hours with this. I’m on a daily antidepressant now and am doing much better overall, but sometimes I still need this emotional bandaid fix.
+Hot or cold green tea will work, but for added benefit, holding a warm mug of hot tea sends signals to your brain to help your muscles relax, which you may be subconsciously tensing due to stress.
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If you’re worried you’re gonna throw up, you’re mouth usually fills with saliva a bit beforehand because the contents of your stomach are harmful to the throat. It’s a pretty good sign you’re gonna toss them cookies.
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Tiptoe (toe-heel walk) every time you aren’t wearing shoes, improves balance and +1 stealth. Also good way to workout those calves.
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If you are experiencing a panic attack or you are anxious enough to elevate your heart rate, you can hold a cold water bottle to your face between your nose and cheekbone and hold your breath for 30 seconds to have your body relax itself.
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Lie on your left side to help prevent bedtime heartburn after you eat a big meal
Rolling around and stretching on the floor for 5-10 minutes helps to relieve a huge amount of body aches/soreness for me. It really relaxes your body and loosens it up.
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If you get some form of exercise every day, your mind and body will feel better. Lifting 3-4 times a week and biking to work/school every day has completely changed who I am over the course of a year and a half. Don’t give up on yourself.
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If you feel a sneeze coming but it fails to emerge (super frustrating), look at a bright light and it’ll come. Works for me almost every time.
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If you’re writing a test and are having trouble thinking/remembering an answer, adjust your position – somehow this helps you think differently
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If you’re wearing wet swim trunks, wrap a towel tightly around your waist, and pull it tight around your knees as well, so that your knees are touching each other. Now squat as low as you can, you should feel the towel constrict even tighter. Your swim trunks should now be totally dry, and you can go straight inside and sit on the couch without getting yelled at by mom for leaving a big wet mark.
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When you get a brain freeze, press and hold your tongue up to the roof of your mouth.
More a gltich than a hack, but if you position yourself in the door frame (or something similar) with your arms hanging down and push both your arms against the frame with all your force and keep doing that for about 30 seconds and step away while completely relaxing your arms your arms will raise themselves upwards while you are relaxing your arms.
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If you have somewhat of a double chin or you want your jawline to be more defined in a picture, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
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To quickly cure your hiccups: Deeply inhale, hold it, swallow twice, then exhale through your nose.
To hear someone talking next to you in a loud room, lightly pull back on the little flaps on both your ears — then push them in.
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Drain congested sinuses by alternating between pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth, then pressing a finger between your eyebrows
Guys: when shaving over your Adam’s apple, swallow as you swipe down to avoid getting nicked.
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To calm down when you’re feeling extremely nervous, put your thumb in your mouth, close your lips, and try to blow out air, letting your cheeks puff up.
When you accidentally burn your tongue on hot coffee or tea, swish with very cold water (but don’t suck on ice)
Stop a nosebleed by leaning your head forward a little, then pinching your nose in a specific spot for five minutes.
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To ensure you never miss contact in a high-five, watch the other person’s elbow.
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Stop a sneeze in its tracks by pressing down on the area right above your upper lip.