To boost your balance, act like a flamingo and stand on one leg. British researchers say doing so for a few moments daily trains your brain to react 55% faster if you trip or lose your balance, helping you avoid painful falls. To do: Stand in a doorway with your feet together, then lift one foot off the floor (you can lightly grip the doorframe for support if you feel unsteady); hold the pose for as long as you’re able (the goal is 60 seconds), then switch legs. Once you master the move unaided, try the pose while standing on a soft surface, like a pillow.
Happy news: Getting out and about for a stroll in this beautiful weather can whittle your middle. The trick that speeds results? Enjoying a walk before breakfast instead of after. Investigators reporting in the British Journal of Nutrition found that this simple timing shift supercharges your body’s ability to burn belly fat. That’s because when you exercise before a meal on an empty stomach, your body burns off stored fats for fuel (which powers off pounds) instead of tapping into energy stored in muscle cells. Bye-bye, belly fat!