Start Now to A Healthier New Year

Posted on Dec 7 2012 - 1:42am by Denice Duszynski

This December, we’re helping get everyone thinking about a better start to the best year, yet with our “5 Big B’s” to help you stay on track. (from the New Jersey Team)

By the time New Year’s Day rolls around it is likely the January and February calendars are filled up with things to do, meetings and appointments. Trying to think of ways to get an empowered life when it is already over-scheduled doesn’t always work.

1. Body: How is the body doing? Have plans to maintain a current exercise regime? Want to boost a workout? Have a race you want to sign-up for? The human body is an amazing machine of efficiency and power. Choose a way to transform it:

sit straighter
bike a hill
walk more
join a team
check out a workout video
stretch a minute longer
run an extra 100 yards

2. Budget: How is the bank account? It seems everyone wants to manage money with more savvy. Let 2013 be your baby-steps to a better budget.

save some every month…even 20 bucks each month makes a difference
replace an expensive indulgence
make your own coffee
take your lunch to work. A $6 lunch everyday adds up to about $1,500 each year!
write down what you want to buy on a piece of paper…revisit in a month to see if that desire still stands

3. Brain: Exercise the power to think! Keeping a fit brain is easier than ever. Boost your mind’s ability and watch how a sharp mind enhances more than just the thoughts. Here are some tips to keep your brain in tip-top shape for 2013 and beyond:

sleep more–a sleep-deprived brain is dulled
read something different–move from the safe books you’re used to and throw in a challenge book or a genre you don’t typically approach
drink more water–our brains are mostly water and function best when well hydrated
play games–games require strategy which is a great workout for a brain
eat well–nutrients feed the brain…the more nutrient-packed food, the better

4. Breath: If you hadn’t planned on including breathing in your 2013 resolution list, add it! Breathing is easily forgettable because our bodies are on auto-pilot when it comes to inhaling and exhaling. Full, deep breathing can work wonders on mood, health and vigor. Try these ways to pay attention to breathing:

a few times each day breathe in and out your nose 5 times
draw in a deep breath and hold it for 7 seconds and then exhale slowly
take a full inhale and exhale before answering the phone, the question, the door, the request
just notice your breathing at different points throughout your day

5. Bread (as in: Daily Bread): Choose amazing, delicious, whole foods as much as possible. Prepare to purge your fridge, clean every nook and cranny and then stock it with delicious food come January 1. Here’s how to get started:

perimeter shop–shop the outskirts of the grocery store as much as possible since that is where fruits, veggies, fresh meat, dairy, eggs and bakery bread reside.
color your fridge–purchase a rainbow of colorful fruits and veggies to greet you when you open the fridge: think apples, tomatoes, oranges, carrots, squash, blueberries, kale, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, strawberries, pineapple, red peppers, pears, celery
smaller and better–choose a smaller plate to help portion control
water–drink more of it.

Consider these “5 Big B’s” each month and check in with yourself during 2013 to see if you are doing what you can to have your best body, budget, brain, breath and daily bread of the year!

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