15 Healthy Habits To Begin In 2017

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As 2016 draws to a close the New Year offers us a clean slate. It’s time to start all over: Lose weight (for real this time), eat healthy foods, and get on an exercise routine that you can stay on longer than a week or two.

It seems as though every month there is a new diet craze: low carbs, plant-based, and paleo are a few of the most popular. Exercise options are starting to follow suit. Walking will never go out of style but Pilates has been replaced by yoga and Zumba is holding on for dear life. And food choices change just as quickly – gluten, no gluten, chia seeds, flax seeds, and anytime you can get something with coconut in it (except for a Mounds bar) it’s a good thing.

Here is the reality behind a resolution to finally become fit and healthy – find what works for you and you will be more likely to stick with it. Someone can tell you how healthy chia seeds are but if you just can’t face them, especially first thing in the morning, be easy on yourself, and stick to what makes you feel good.

Here are some ideas for you to try in 2017. Be kind and patient with yourself. Try different things and give them a chance to work. If they make you feel better, you won’t have to be reminded (or convinced) to carry them out on a regular basis. Little by little you will start feeling better and thoughts of returning to your old bad habits will lose their luster.


1. Set up a fitness routine 

Don’t get caught up in the latest crazes. Start slowly by taking a 15-minute walk every day. Work up to 30 minutes and as you start feeling better you will soon be looking for ways to challenge yourself and get an even more toned and in shape body. Let it happen naturally.


2. Increase your water intake daily

If you don’t already have a water filter invest in a case of bottled water every time they are on sale. Grabbing a bottle of well-chilled water will quickly become one of the easiest of your new habits. Good tasting ice cold water not only revs up your metabolism, it’s refreshing.

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