Resolve To Make Healthy Habits In 2017
The ball will be dropping in Times Square tomorrow night and millions of Americans are drafting their New Years resolutions. Year after year, one of the most common resolutions is around health and wellness. With that said, we’ve compiled 5 healthy habits to help you make 2017 the healthiest one yet!
Exercise in Small Doses
Forget the idea that you must get 30 minutes of high intensity cardio daily to guarantee a positive health outcome. Recent studies conclude that short cardio bursts throughout the day are enough to improve blood pressure, blood sugar levels, endurance and other important health markers. Consider taking the stairs up to your office or riding your bike to and from work. Every minute counts!
From taking a moment to mindfully connect with your breath to signing up for a local class, meditation is an excellent way to trigger both psychological and physical changes. Try taking 100 breaths and challenge yourself to not think about anything but counting those breaths.
Bring some green on to your plate to increase your fiber, protein and omega-3s intake. Think cruciferous vegetables like arugula, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts to get your daily dose of antioxidants and detoxifying nutrients.
While many of us focus on cardio or resistance training, we lose sight of one of the most important components of any workout program – stretching. The overlooked habit of stretching can reduce the risk of injuries, decrease stiffness, promote circulation and even improve posture. Download a free mobile app for training plans, how-to guides and calendar reminders.
Stay in tune with your needs and desires throughout the day, and ensure you are making yourself a priority. A strong and regular self-care routine can lead to a decrease in stress and an increase overall wellbeing. Start by giving yourself a 60-second break three times per day. Check in with your body and mind and do something that feels good to you, this may be looking at a photo of your family or even taking a few sips from a beverage you enjoy.