Another year has come and gone. So too has another list of resolutions, some of which were accomplished, others that likely fell by the wayside. If you rattled off a new (but all to familiar) list of New Year’s resolutions for 2016, stop and think about what you’re really looking to accomplish.
Instead of saying “I want to eat clean,” “I want to lose the extra 15 pounds,” or “It’s time I stick to an exercise routine,” start small. The key to achieving your New Year’s resolution is to set small and specific action steps that are realistic and achievable the smaller and more specific your action steps are the greater the chance you have of actually following through with them.
Now that we’re half way through January and you’ve mapped your game plan in incremental steps, try incorporating these simple things to help you along the way for a happier, healthier, and more holistic you in 2016.
- Take some time each day to just breathe. Oxygen is essential to your day for obvious reasons, but what you may not know is that oxygen has other health benefits. Oxygen retards the aging of human cells. It helps relieve headaches. It alleviates tiredness and boosts the immune system. Oxygen supports breathing of air in cases of asthma and allergies and aids in cases of depression. The Oxygen Bar also improves physical performance by up to 25%, which is why we recommend integrating it into your workout routine to elevate training.
- Drink enough water. Start each day with an 8oz. glass of water and set the pace for proper hydration throughout the rest of your day. Drinking water first thing in the morning not only has an energizing effect, but it’s a great way to cleanse your body. It also ensures you are well hydrated and your body is prepared to take on other tasks throughout the day.
- Try different exercises. If you are typically a runner, take a Pilates class. If you normally lift weights, stop in to see Wolfie to make sure your posture is correct and your movement’s fluid. Regular exercise is important for ongoing health, but that doesn’t mean you are restricted to only one routine or regimen. The most effective way to find the motivation to move and make exercise part of your lifestyle is to find something that you enjoy doing.
- Take care of your skin. In addition to physical exercise, it is important to boost your energy levels, rejuvenate and revitalize your skin. As the largest organ in the body, the skin plays a vital role in your overall health. It excretes, absorbs, and protects. When functioning properly, the skin eliminates up to two pounds of toxins a day. This skin can tell us if there is an imbalance in the body through visible signs like acne, dryness, redness, wrinkles, cellulite, and puffiness.
- Reward yourself. Picking and sticking to a resolution can be difficult, as in many occasions it requires a significant change in your life. Don’t be afraid to reward yourself for your accomplishments. Even a positive affirmation can change your outlook quickly. Before you start on your path towards change, write up a handful of sticky notes and hide them (or have someone else hide them) throughout your house. As you find them along the way, know that you are doing your best and keep work at your goals!