New Year, New You

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If wellness is important to you, you may be concerned about falling away from your healthy routine during the holidays. Well, it happens to the best of us. The important thing is deciding how you want to recalibrate moving forward. With the New Year comes an opportunity to freshly embrace the daily habits that empower you–mind, body and spirit.

Set Your Priorities
If your goal this year is vibrant health and fitness, make it an active priority. When you put your own wellness first, it’s actually the most unselfish thing you can do, because it means you have more to give others. Consider simplifying your affairs to create more time for the things that really matter to you. For example, if you treasure nourishing meals shared with family and friends, plan these weekly. What about that daily walk, hike or yoga class? Make a daily fitness appointment with yourself–and keep it.

Define the Stressors
Throughout the year, many of us experience stressful times. Getting a sense of the pressures ahead will enable you to prepare for them. You can’t control all potential stress factors, but you do choose how you respond. Managing your stress in healthy ways–like exercising and talking with supportive loved ones–helps you to remain in charge of your physical and emotional well-being. Think carefully before committing to new 2011 projects if you’re feeling overextended.

Eat Smart
A key step–which affects you on a daily basis–is food. Are you ready to shift gears and refresh your nutritional focus? You can resume those healthy meals and snacks one bite at a time–starting with breakfast. A healthy morning meal, like a whey protein-based shake or veggie omelet, will keep you going long and strong, improve concentration, and support greater endurance for physical activity. Target fresh produce, whole grains, beans and legumes, fresh nuts, and lean protein throughout the day to boost energy and maintain steady blood sugar levels.

Commit to Fitness
Keeping your body moving is essential for a healthy metabolism, stress control, and natural energy production, while being sedentary slows down your metabolism and promotes weight gain. Paired with a healthy diet, consistent exercise is a powerful key to wellness, vibrant energy, a positive outlook, healthy longevity and disease prevention across the board. The more demands you have, the greater your need for exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes 4-6 times a week.

If you’re ready to address these action items, lay your plan and see what you can incorporate–starting today. Enjoy the process of revitalizing yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. Get ready, this may well be the best year of your life.

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