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Healthy Resolutions for 2013

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Looking to get fit? You can start now and make some small but important changes you can make to your lifestyle as the New Year approaches that will have you set for a happier, healthier and fitter 2013.

Say no to soda

To avoid excess sugar and calories, say no to soda. Put down the can of carbonated sugar and promise yourself to stop buying soda this year. Not only is it totally devoid of nutrients, all those empty calories add up surprisingly fast. There are 150 calories in a can of Pepsi. Drink water instead or water flavored with a squeeze of lemon or lime.

Cook more with fresh food

If you want to lose weight or maintain weight, promise yourself that you’ll start cooking more meals. Adding more fresh produce to your grocery list is a sure-fire way to look and feel better. The fewer processed foods you eat and the less frequently you grab food on the go, the more opportunity you’ll have to load up on fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables.

Walk whenever and wherever you can

To keep the weight off, walk more. Vow to walk briskly for at least 40 minutes a day, more when you have time. This could take the form of longer walks with the dog, walking to meet friends instead of driving, walking to work or implementing a post-dinner family walk at least three nights a week.

Get Rid of the scale    

The numbers don’t really matter. What matters is how you feel. If your only concern is getting the number on the scale to budge, you won’t be focused on long-term health and fitness. Instead of basing your goals on being a certain size or weighing a certain number of pounds, just make a promise to yourself to make healthy choices to do something active every day.

Get outdoors once a day

Another easy way to ensure you get moving daily in some form is to get your fresh air. It might be cold, but that’s no excuse to stay indoors. Take up an outdoor activity like skating, cross country skiing or snowboarding, or take your workout outdoors. Fresh air is great for your mood and your health, no matter the season.
 
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