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New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Gym-Nest on Jan-1-2015

Top New Year’s Resolutions and How to Achieve Them

Happy New Year! Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves. A much smaller percentage of people actually stick to those resolutions. We compiled a small list of top resolutions and easy ways to achieve them.
This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it.
Here’s to your health!

1. Eat Healthier: This doesn’t mean you have to diet! Simply add more fruits and vegetables to your meals, cut back on sugar and drink more water. You can still have your pizza, just add some veggies on top! Check out Eating Well’s article about how to sneak in veggies into your children’s meals: http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/kids_cooking/going_stealth

2. Exercise more: No need to sign up for that marathon! Start a small goal and stick with it. “Just a few extra steps each day is a simple and easy way to take an active role in maintaining a significantly healthier life,” says Timothy Gardner, MD, past president of the American Heart Association. All you need is about 20 minutes of walking 3 times per week to start. Regular brisk walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your bones, lift your mood and prevent various health conditions.

3. Stress Less: Easier said than done, we know! But a few simple tasks can relieve your stress. Make sure you are eating healthy, sleeping (full 8 hours), exercising and start with an easy daily breathing exercise. It’s simple and can significantly reduce your stress level. Learn how to here: http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-management-breathing-exercises-for-relaxation

4. Volunteer: We tend to think our own happiness relies on bettering ourselves, but our happiness also increases when we help others, says Peter Kanaris, PhD, coordinator of public education for the New York State Psychological Association. Check out http://www.volunteermatch.org/ and find a local place in need of your help!

Children can also learn a lot about self-discipline and the value of making goals. Check out “Making New Year’s Resolutions with Your Child” from PBS Kids online (http://www.pbs.org/parents/holidays/making-new-years-resolutions-child/).

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other”. ~Abraham Lincoln

Happy New Year from all of us at Gym-Nest!