Dial down discomfort with a book
Knees or hips complaining lately? Blame the weather! A Tufts University study found that joint pain increases with every 10-degree temperature drop. Thankfully, unwinding with a hobby you love—like reading or knitting—for 15–20 minutes daily reduces your risk of aches by 36% and cuts recovery time in half if you’re already sore.
The why: According to Norman Rosenthal, M.D., author of Super Mind, pleasurable breaks slow the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which enables your body to repair damaged tissues.