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Add to Your Life in 2018

Add to Your Life in 2018

2018 brings 365 new days, 365 new chances to make our life ridiculously amazing. A new year brings new adventures, new lessons, new challenges, new opportunities and new moments that shape our life. So why not make this life we’ve been given extraordinary?

For many of us, myself included, we take on the mantra “New Year. New Me.” When I dial it down to what that really means for me, there is usually an overarching theme to my goals: fitness, nutrition and overall health. So many times we decide to cut elements out to help us achieve those goals. This year, I’m taking on a different approach. Instead of focusing on items that I’m taking away, I’m shifting focus to things I am adding into my year. By zoning in on the positive, rather than the negative, I’m also helping my mission of living a healthy, happy and confident life. These are the things we can add into our year:

  • Movement Throughout The Day: For extended amounts of time during the day, we find ourselves sitting or barely moving. Start including movement throughout the day by taking a lap around the office, walking around the block, stretching in your space, or taking the stairs. Small additions during the day will turn into big changes over time.
  • Group Workouts: If you hate working out by yourself or even just need a little boost of motivation, try group workouts. Not only do you have the accountability and support factors, but you’ll constantly be learning new material, and the social opportunities help you build up a community of new friends and fitness that’s fun. It’s also a creative way to schedule time with your friends to hangout outside of happy hour and weekend days of all-you-can-eat.
  • Water: Good ole’ high quality H2O has too many benefits to even list out. But just to name a few, filling up on water helps with portion control, water is a natural immune booster, cold water helps to speed up your metabolism, and hydration through water improves energy levels, workouts and clearing of your skin.
  • Fruits & Vegetables: We can always eat more vitamin-packed and mineral-filled fruits and veggies. If you are a fruit and greens hater (don’t worry, I once was too), start by adding in small amounts with each meal or snack. There are so many different fruits and vegetables to incorporate into your life, so you can say sayonara to getting bored of eating the same things all of the time.
  • Sleep: It’s not a joke when I say my goal is to sleep more this year. You should strive to make it your goal too. Quality sleep helps with weight loss and recovery from exercise, enhancing your energy levels, and building up your immune system and functionality. Science also links it to happiness. Start by adding in a few extra minutes or even an hour each day.
  • Self-Care: In order to take care of others, we have to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves too. It’s essential to your overall health and wellness. Taking time just for yourself to listen to what you need and focus on it makes you smart and strong, not selfish. Self-care looks different for everyone, and it might take some time to find what works best for you.
  • Gratitude: Expressing gratefulness and appreciating (small and big) things life has to offer improves overall health and wellness, increases mental strength and resilience, and boosts our confidence. We do such a great job practicing gratitude around Thanksgiving and feel amazing, so let’s try to feel that kind of amazing all year round.

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