9 Easy Ways For Even The Laziest Of People To Be Healthy

by Leigh Weingus

Correct us if we're wrong, but we're pretty sure everyone wants to be healthy.

We're not saying you want to subsist on salad or spend all your non-working and non-sleeping hours on a treadmill, but you probably don't want to be overweight.

You also probably want to have a lot of energy, live for a long time and have semi-toned abs by the time bikini season rolls around.

There's one problem with all of these goals, though: You're really lazy. Well, we've got news for you -- there's a way to be healthy and lazy at the same time.

Here are nine easy ways to do that.

Sleep more.

Believe it or not, the key to losing weight could simply be spending more time in bed.

Research shows getting at least seven hours of sleep every night is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight. Not only does feeling well-rested give you more willpower when it comes to resisting not-so-good-for-you foods (looking at you, person who is currently eating your seventh fun-sized Twix bar of the day), but being well-rested also makes you feel less hungry.

Studies suggest not getting enough sleep is linked to higher levels of ghrelin, the "hunger hormone" that spikes our appetites, and lower levels of leptin, the "satiety hormone" that tells us we're full.

In other words, getting more sleep means you'll be less hungry, which means you'll eat less. Ready to hit the hay yet?

Hang out with that one friend who loves to work out.

We all have that one friend who loves green juice, kale and the gym. So shoot him or her a text saying you want to start hanging out more.

We're social creatures who naturally pick up the habits of the people we surround ourselves with. So chances are, if you're hanging out with someone whose idea of a good time is going for a jog instead of grabbing a beer, spending time with that person will be an effortless way to get just a little bit healthier yourself.

Eat more.

We know how weird this sounds. But if you're the kind of person who skips breakfast, eats a couple slices of pizza for lunch, skips an afternoon snack and eats a pint of Ben & Jerry's for dinner... your diet sounds delicious and all, but you're doing it wrong.

Try eating breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, dinner and a small snack after dinner.

We know that seems like a lot, but if you eat several times throughout the day you'll avoid getting way too hungry and eating everything in sight once you do get your hands on some food.

Eating five or six small meals throughout the day will also keep your blood sugar stable and give you more energy.

And on that note, eat chocolate.

Excellent news: Eating chocolate has been linked to lower heart disease and stroke risk!

No, this does not mean you should stop reading this article and head straight to CVS to buy five bags of Halloween candy. Chocolate is good for you in moderation -- and one reason is that it can take care of that sweet tooth in a pinch.

Here's our suggestion: Buy yourself a bar of dark chocolate and eat a little bit of it every day after lunch. It might just stop you from rushing out for a cookie when that 4 pm slump hits.

Drink tea.

There's been buzz around tea and weight loss for years. Green tea is said to be a metabolism-booster while mint tea supposedly suppresses hunger.

Plus, tea is water. Not only is staying hydrated incredibly important to our health, but water fills us up. So the next time the munchies strike, try brewing a cup of tea. You'll probably find you're not quite as hungry.

Plus, how great does curling up with a cup of tea and "Gilmore Girls" on a cold Saturday afternoon sound?

Sit up straight.

If you want abs of steel, look no further than sitting and standing up straight!

OK, so maybe there's a little more to it. But good posture strengthens our core and lower back and aids in digestion, meaning you can say "goodbye" to your muffin top and belly fat.

Make some alcohol adjustments.

Unfortunately, drinking too much is kind of terrible for you. Not only will it lead to a nasty hangover, but one too many rum and cokes will tack a ton of calories onto your night.

So when you have a wild night ahead of you, skip the super-sugary, expensive cocktails. Drink diet coke instead of regular coke, seltzer water instead of sprite and light OJ instead of regular OJ.

That's not too hard, right?

Exercise for one minute every day.

Seriously. Just one minute.

OK, so it's going to be a pretty hard minute. We challenge you to hold a plank pose for one minute every day, either on your forearms or palms.

Plank pose tones your abs, arms and butt -- and holding it for just one minute every day can make a world of difference. Worried about your form? Here's a guide to doing the perfect plank.

Find a fitness program with a cancellation fee.

The ever-popular ClassPass (and programs like it) is pretty awesome.

It's an affordable way to go some of the most popular and expensive exercise studios in your city and find workout classes you actually enjoying going to.

There's a catch, though: A lot of these classes have a hefty cancellation fee -- somewhere around $15 if you cancel less than a day before and 20 if you don't show up at all.

Why is this good, you ask? Well, who likes getting charged 20 bucks because they were too lazy to work out? Think of all the awesome things that 20 dollar bill could have gone toward! Like your rent!

If you're the type of person who makes plans to go the gym but rarely actually shows up, ClassPass will snap you out of this habit real quick.

How easy does all of this sound? Good. Now go drink some tea.