A HEALTHY START TO THE NEW YEAR

The start of a new year often gets us thinking about what we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. Many of us set goals that are health related, vowing to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthy and to be better people. New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to figure out what is important to you. Here are a few tips for making your resolutions stick this year:

  • Change your health outlook. Looking to change everything at once can be very overwhelming.  Set a plan to make small realistic changes that are achievable. Walking for an extra 15 minutes a day or drinking more water can be a great place to start!
  • Exercise. It’s easier to make room for exercise if you find ways to incorporate it into
    your daily routine. Start taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, park further away, walk more, and do something more for at least 15 extra minutes everyday.
  • Don’t fall for false fixes. Losing weight or attaining goals very quickly is tempting, however, the gains tend to be short-lived. Keep your aim on being healthy. Steer clear of empty calories and load up on whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, healthy proteins and fats. 
  • Unplug daily. Try to take technology breaks. Being tuned in to technology too long can lead to stress. Research finds that media overload can increase your risk for social anxiety, job burnout, and poor sleep hygiene.
  • Get rid of clutter. Another way to reduce stress levels and to create more space in your life is to clear out clutter from your home. Keep the things that matter and get rid of those that don’t.
  • Embrace generosity and give. One of the best ways to feel good about yourself is to be of service and give. Consider volunteering, giving back, donating to a good cause or helping the people around you that you love. 

Even setting one small positive resolution is a great start. If you’re looking for help getting started, feel free to get in touch with me! Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!