Living a Healthier and Happier Life in 2016

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Were you one of the brave few who dedicated yourself to getting healthier (and happier!) when you rang in the new year? Did you resolve to make better choices than you found yourself making in 2015?

If you raised your glass to this new year’s resolution, know that you aren’t alone, and that you CAN accomplish your goal! A war isn’t won in a day, much like a lifestyle change doesn’t take place overnight.  Keep these tips in mind, your head up, and one foot in front of the other.

Tip #1) Cut Yourself Some Slack!

We are going to ease you into this slowly… One of the most discouraging factors when setting a new health goal, and never reaching it, is the result of self-sabotage. By looking in the mirror after an unrealistic period of time, and not seeing the results you have been dreaming of, you are selling yourself short, and throwing in the towel too soon. Keep in mind that weight is lost slowly, stamina is built little by little, and goals take time to accomplish. If you feel guilty after sneaking a cupcake, or that bowl of half-melted Rocky Road ice cream with whipped cream on top (oh, sorry!), remind yourself that the habits you feed most will be the ones that impact your life the most. A little slip, here or there, won’t undo all your progress; just keep your goal to stay healthy a consistent one.

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” – Marilyn vos Savant

Tip #2) Watch those Carbs!

Many people attempt to lose weight by cutting out cheese, butter, and dairy desserts- foods high in saturated fats. While you do need to limit the amount of saturated fats you take in, there is a different section of the nutrition lable you need to be paying attention to. Carbohydrates, your body’s most important source of energy, can help your weight loss results soar, or crash and burn. This is due to the fact that there are healthy, and unhealthy, food options that contain high amounts of carbs. Healthy options, such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and grains, can promote weight loss, and give you energy to spare! On the flip side, unhealthy carb options- things like white bread, pastries, sodas, and other highly processed foods, will massively negate any efforts you make to stay (or get) fit. Shoot for between 130 and 200 carbs per day, and get more out of your diet by making healthier carb choices throughout the day.

Tip #3) There ARE Fun Workouts!

Chances are you don’t know many people who love waking up at 5am to lay on their cold living room floor doing cruches, or clock out at the end of a long work day, and head to the gym for a rough and tumble workout… People who fall under this catagory have extraordinary drive, determination, and will-power. For the rest of the population, we have to get creative. You can tone muscle and get your blood pumping with a multitude of fun, unique, and intriguing workout activities. Take for instance- rebounding on a mini trampoline- it’s good for your heart, and easy on your body! Try it while watching The Price is Right, or before dinner to work up an appetite! Want to get out? Outdoor cycling allows you to get fresh air, and control the intensity of your workout. Choose to cycle in a flat, quiet area, or choose a scenic landscape for a more challenging ride! Still not ready to get off the couch? Tap into your inner child by doing three back-to-back sessions of hula-hoop, jump rope, and skipping! Spend just 10 minutes on each activity, a few times a week, and your body will feel the results in no time!

Comment below and share your favorite “fun” workout!