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New Year, healthier, happier you: 3 resolutions you can keep year-round

Make your health your top priority in the New Year. A great way to do that is by coming up with a few New Year’s resolutions you can stick to year-round. I know what you’re thinking – you’ve got enough to-do lists without adding another one to the mix – but coming up with realistic resolutions will ensure you spend 2015 as a healthier, happier you. And when you’re happy, your family’s happy.

Here are three resolutions to stick to this year.

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  1. Work Out More

You don’t need to hit the gym to keep this resolution. There are plenty of at-home workouts you can do, many of which include online videos to follow along with. Some of these programs are free, while others require you buy a membership. Here are a few worth looking into:

  1. Eat Healthy, but Don’t Diet

Don’t follow a fad diet or relentlessly count calories. Instead, eat healthy, and don’t overeat. Web MD explains that when women start a diet, they often cut out food groups entirely, depriving themselves of desserts, carbs, and anything else they’ve deemed as detrimental to their diet. That’s unrealistic, meaning there’s a good chance you won’t end up sticking to it. Instead, vow to cut back on sweets, or eliminate white pasta from your diet and eat whole-grain noodles instead.

Another great way to lose weight is by practicing portion control. To help, Health suggests always drinking a big glass of water before you eat. That fills your stomach with water, making it more likely that you’ll eat less. You can also start serving more vegetables with your meals. By doing that, you’ll feel full faster due to the veggies’ high fiber content. For more portion-control tips, visit Health.

  1. De-Stress

Nothing good comes from feeling stressed. Resolve to take 10 minutes a day to decompress, unwind and relax. Here are a few different strategies to help you become less tense.

  • If you’re feeling stressed, the Huffington Post suggests taking a 10-minute walk. It will help clear your head, while giving you a much-needed endorphin boost.
  • Women’s Health states that meditating can help lower your heart rate and blood pressure. You can also do it almost anywhere, making it an easy one to work in throughout the day. Simply find a comfortable place, close your eyes, relax your muscles, and focus on one thing. Try to do it at least 10 minutes a day.
  • Take a time out. Allure recommends performing a simple exercise that is just as relaxing as taking a nap. Keeping both feet on the floor, stack your forearms on the edge of the table. Scoot back in your chair so your spine is extended. Rest your forehead on your arms for a minute or two. This position opens your neck and shoulders, a common place for tension build up. Take deep breaths, visualize something positive, and just relax.

About Kirsten Yovino

Kirsten Yovino is a Milwaukee-area resident and co-owner of brewcityparent.com.

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