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Healthy Resolutions for the New Year
Are you making a New Year’s resolution to work toward better health in 2013? If it is to lose those pesky fifteen pounds, for the tenth year in a row, it may be time to consider making a more realistic resolution with equally big payoffs. Take your pick of these ten attainable resolution ideas that you can tackle in 2013. All of our resolution ideas for 2013 can easily be considered supplemental to your lifestyle, much like our 24/7 chat with a doctor hotline.
You Need More Sleep
Are you having trouble feeling more energized during the day!? Did you know that getting enough sleep will put some pep in your step, improve that grumpy mood that the Christmas rush has put you in and it can even make it a little easier to lose weight? It is a secret that the body regenerates and repairs itself during your sleep cycle, even going so far as to strengthen your bones by adding much needed calcium while you slumber.
There is no hard and fast number regarding the optimum number of hours required for proper care of your body. Some readers will require as much as eleven hours of slumber, while others will require a paltry four hours to awake refreshed. The way to determine your own inner sleep clock is a period of two to three days, during which you can head off to bed at a set time and just allow yourself to sleep without the aid of an alarm clock. The two to three day test will allow you to determine the amount of sleep that your own body tells you it needs.
Eat a Fruit or Vegetable with Every Meal
Recent research has indicated that Americans eat far fewer fruits and vegetables than they need to lead a healthy life. Increased intake of fruit and vegetables also increases the total fiber in your diet, and this is a key to getting full faster and remaining full through the day. The ultimate goal is to leverage that full feeling, and avoid the fatty snacks like those potato chips that you saw in the grocery store.
Find a Form of Exercise That You Love
To fall in love with exercise, make a list of ten new forms of physical activity that you have not tried and give each a try for two weeks. After that trial period, pick the one activity that gives you the most joy!
End the Negative Self-Talk
In order to stop the negative discussion about yourself, the first step is to understand and be aware that you are thinking poorly of yourself. You will need to use your own internal barometer, thinking about what it is that may have set you on the path of negative thinking.
Stop Worrying About Trivial Things
When we are emotionally overwhelmed, angry or frustrated our bodies release cortisol. Cortisol is known as ‘the stress hormone, which in excessive levels can deplete the function of the immune system.
Cook at Home
The problem with a lot of restaurant food is that the portions can be larger, more caloric and higher in fat and sodium than any home-cooked meal.
Cut Back on Sugar
Too much sugar is basically too many calories without any nutritional benefit for your body, and chances are good that you consuming too much sugar.
Come Up With Your Own Healthy Living Saying
You do not have to be into yoga to embrace the benefits of embracing a saying that encompasses your new desire to live a healthier 2013. Consider a statement like “it is not about perfection, it is all about progression. Make your mantra something calming and motivating that rings true to you, and take the time to pull that phrase out when you get discouraged.
Posted by: Michelle Germann
Created on: Wed 02 January 2013 20:03
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