New Years Resolutions You Can Keep

-          Increase your incidental exercise. Incidental exercises are the movements you perform in your everyday life - this could be climbing up stairs, walking to work, or chasing after kids. Many experts agree that these everyday movements are key to keeping off extra pounds. If you want to increase your incidental exercise, try getting off the bus a few stops early and walking the rest of the way, or walking over to a coworker rather than emailing. If you sit for your job, try not to sit more than 30 minutes at a time.

-          Give your refrigerator a makeover. One of the simplest ways to improve your diet is to not bring junk foods into the house. Kick off 2015 by throwing out the unhealthy and replacing it with food that is good fuel for your body. One tip is to chop fruits and veggies into bite sized portions and store them, so whenever you need a snack they’re ready instead of a bag of chips. Also, avoid grocery shopping when you’re hungry as you’ll be more likely to buy unhealthy foods or impulse buys.

-          Change your coffee order. If you’re not already drinking your coffee black, that is an easy way to shave off significant calories. Creamers can be full of added sugar and fat, and over time these calories add up. Switch to skim milk or try it all-natural!

-          Sign up for a fitness goal or event. Organized events can be a great motivator - the training will improve your fitness levels, and you’ll boost your self-esteem when you achieve your goals. Having something on the calendar will help you to work out even when you don’t want to. Try signing up with family or friends so you can encourage one another.

-          Give your body a check-up. You may take your car in for service and your pets to the vet, but don’t forget to get a checkup yourself. Have some blood tests to ensure you aren’t deficient in anything, and catch conditions before they become serious. Maybe make a dentist appointment while you’re at it too, and start the year off with a clean bill of health.


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