New Year’s Resolutions: Small Steps with Big Results!
Every new year, I take the same 2 resolutions to be more physically active and eat healthier. They are not always easy to keep, as my daily routine of sitting at a desk and typing does not get me moving too much, and working from home being close to the kitchen cupboards and refrigerator makes it convenient to grab snacks.
Last year, I decided to spend at least 30 minutes three to four times a week exercising such as walking outside or on the treadmill, and stepping on the Bowflex Max Trainer. I was doing a good job until I started having lower back pain which sidelined me most of the last part of the year. Now, I am back on track and restarted my workout! When I exercise, I find I feel more like eating fresh produce and just keeping a healthier lifestyle. I also notice that it helps with reducing my stress level and building more stamina. I hope to increase the intensity of my workout in 2016!
To help with my optimal health, I have been taking small steps that can easily be incorporated into my everyday routine. Here are 4 easy steps you can take, to deliver big results:
· Take the stairs: You can take small steps towards a healthier you, literally. Not quite realistic if you work on the 42nd floor, but think escalators at the mall, moving sidewalks at the airport, that errand that’s a two minute drive away…skip all shortcuts and walk! You can also get a fitness tracker, pedometer, or smartphone fitness app that counts your steps and calories burned so you can measure your results.
· Take your vitamins: Taking your daily vitamins helps ensure you get the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy active lifestyle; however, men and women have varying nutritional needs so multivitamins such as Vitafusion™ Men’s & Women’s Complete Multivitamins offer a personalized option to help you feel great and support optimal health.
· Get your giggle on: Laughter really is the best medicine, not to mention it’s both fun and free. Research shows that humour and laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts your energy, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.
· Protect your skin: When I take a walk, I use sunscreen with an SPF every day to protect against the sun’s harmful rays (UVA & UVB). And yes, I even wear it on days when it’s overcast!
What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?
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