January 1st 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 5 New years 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!
Eat Healthier 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!
Sleep More 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!
Take Vitamins 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!
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.