January 1 is the day we make a promise to ourselves to change something and have a healthier new year, but many do not succeed past the first couple weeks. No question, it takes commitment and dedication. Here are a few tips to get you started and help you stay on track with the top five new year’s resolutions.
This Year I’m Going To:
Work Out More
Find something you like to do and something you can suffer through! Truth is, most runners and cyclists you see had to talk themselves in to getting out there and making their workout a priority over a lazy morning cup of coffee. Everyone at the gym had to make a decision to fit a weight workout into their day and each one of them is just as busy as you are! They do it because they know they will feel great afterwards, they know it is building a stronger body and they know it is part of a healthier lifestyle. Sing up for a class, join a gym, buy a workout DVD and then make it a priority! TIP: Commit to it!
Fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, lean protein, vitamins, no processed foods, less packaged foods. That’s the secret. Fill your plate with vegetables first, start your day with protein rich breakfast, skip the processed treats, chips and granola bars. Reach for whole foods, everyday. Find snacks that are healthy, bake at home instead of buying packaged, make a meal plan and stick to it long term. Eating healthy is a life long habit, not a short term change in your diet! TIP: Commit to it!
Research says 7-8 hours of sleep in minimum for adults, but each of us is different, you may need more. To wake up rested, try getting to sleep at the same time every night. Set an alarm at night to remind you when its lights out. Getting enough sleep at night is good for your health in many ways including boosting your immune system, allowing your body time to repair after a busy day and giving you the energy for the new day ahead. TIP: Commit to it!
Drink More Water
Not juice, coffee, soda or alcohol, just plain water. It’s benefits are many, including hydrating your skin, aiding in digestion, helping your kidneys flush out toxins, and balancing your body’s fluids. Find a water bottle you will keep with you at all times and fill it up at least 3-4 times a day. Add cucumber slices, mint, frozen berries or lemon wedges for a splash of flavour! TIP: Commit to it!
Omega 3’s and Vitamin D are important for optimal health and difficult to get enough of in your food alone. B-Complex and B12 are vital for converting food to energy. The benefits of a high fibre diet are many. Vitamin C is the ultimate immune booster. Calcium works with Vitamin D for strong bones and teeth. Talk to your doctor and find out what vitamins are right for you and then find some you enjoy taking, like Gummies! If they taste good, you are more likely to remember to take them. TIP: Commit to it!
The secret to making changes that stick is to Commit to it! You can do it, your health depends on it! Here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year!
BIO: Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails! She blogs about Raising Healthy Kids and ensures her own have fun while eating healthy & staying active. To read more articles you can visit her websites www.iron-kids.com & www.adultgummies.com or visit her on Facebook at IronKids.Health and Adult Essentials.
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