Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Better-for-You New Year’s Resolutions

Make meaningful health commitments that you can actually keep!


Making a New Year's resolution this year? If its to lose those pesky 10 pounds-for the sixth year in a row- why not consider making a new, more doable resolution with equally big health payoffs? Take your pick of these attainable resolutions from Women's Day that you can actually tackle this year. To read the full article, and for more health tips click here

Get More Sleep.
Getting adequate sleep can help you feel more energized during the day, improve your mood and even help you lose weight. It's the best way to help your mind and body function at its best. 

Eat a Veggie or Fruit with Every Meal.
The more vegetables and fruit you consume, the higher your intake of fiber, which helps fill you up, making you less likely to eat foods that are less healthy. Fruits and vegetables are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which your body needs for a strong immune system.

Find a Form of Exercise That You Love.
Don't care for jogging or aerobics? That doesn't mean you should give up on exercise! It can take some trial and error to find a form of exercise that is enjoyable for you, but the key is to find something you are most likely to stick with. Start by making a list of activity's you haven't tried and give each a try for two weeks. Then, pick the one that gives you the most joy, or mix it up with your top two. 

Extract Yourself from a Toxic Relationship.
Weather it's from a romance gone bad or a friendship that leaves you feeling depleted and unhappy, 2015 is the year to set yourself free. To rid yourself of a toxic person, be assertive. Establish the limits that are best for you, communicate them to the other person and then stick to them. 

Stop Sweating the Small Stuff.
See if you can resolve to let the annoying but insignificant stuff go this year. Being emotionally overwhelmed, angry or frustrated, causes our bodies to release cortisol, also known as the stress hormone which can have damaging effects on your heath. When something begins to ruffle your feathers, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, "Am I really going to let this mess with my health?" The answer, of course, is no! 

Cut Back on Sugar.
Don't worry, you don't have to give up your favorite indulgences to make this resolution work. Simply take a look at the added sugar in foods, and try to eat as little of the sweet stuff as possible. Too much sugar is too many calories with no nutritional benefit for your body. Try preventing cravings before they even start by making sure you're eating regularly throughout the day. A midday snack of plain yogurt with berries can help give you the sweet taste you're longing for. 

Come Up With a Healthy Living Mantra.
Having a positive mantra can counter any negative thoughts you may have while helping you stay hopeful and motivated to help you live a happy and healthy life. To find your mantra, try designate a calming, motivating phrase that rings true to you, and think about it or whisper it to yourself when you need encouragement.

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