I survived the Christmas food coma’s, family visits and now its nearly New Years.

What a year 2012 has been! So many changes and challenges have occurred showing me what really matters in life. But, it comes down to this time where I have to focus and think about how I want to make my 2013, it’s up to me and no one else. On a broad spectrum my 2013 New Year resolution is for Health, Happiness & Faith, this includes broadening Get Fit Chicks and learning more through my studies to share and inspire you, enjoying what I do, and making sure I am surrounded by people who help and inspire me.

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I read somewhere that New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain. It has been said that one in three people resolve to better themselves one way or another. A much smaller percentage of these people actually put this into action. While maybe about 75% of people stick to their goals…. for about a week, less than half are still going strong 6 months later.

I hear many people set their resolutions at a goal weight, I don’t like to use weight as a goal, but rather health. I’ve put together some simple, achievable resolutions to help you become a healthier YOU.

Be Active.

The aim is to achieve 30min of exercise daily, develop the right mindset and the opportunities are endless. Enjoy it! Bike ride, mountain climb, jog, play tennis… whatever you enjoy, just do it.

Slash the Sodium Consumption.

Sodium levels are increased with processed foods – one study in America shows how the majority of Americans consume twice the recommended amount of sodium. Let not turn out like this. Increased sodium levels can result in water retention (bloating) and high blood pressure. Lower sodium diets can help with a lower risk of heart disease and weight management.

Increase Antioxidants.

Once you cut an apple, it begins to brown, but if you dip it in orange juice, which contains vitamin C (an antioxidant), it stays white. You can defend your body the same way by including rich sources of antioxidants in your diet. Pomegranates, coffee, and even chocolate contain antioxidants.

Floss Your Teeth.

You may not know that bacteria in your mouth can lead to serious problems if you neglect oral health. During routine exams, your dentist can spot indications of diabetes and heart disease…one simple thing you can do to head off bacteria is floss your teeth.

Wear Sunscreen all Year.

Most skin cancer develops after age 50, though sun damage starts at an early age. The sun’s rays are also behind brown spots, and can make wrinkles appear before their time. Wear sunscreen, even in the winter, anywhere skin is exposed.

Strength Train.

Strength training is just what your body needs to fight the loss of muscle, bone mass and strength that comes with age. Everyone, no matter how young or old, should be doing some kind of regular strength training. This could be at the gym, or at home using very little equipment. Resistance bands and balls, small hand weights, water and even your own body weight can be used as resistance when designing a strength training program.

Expect good things from yourself.

Having healthy expectations for yourself is important to both your physical and mental health. Obviously, that’s easier said than done.  Believe in yourself and strive to be a better you, don’t compare yourself to others, compare yourself to the person from yesterday.

Have a happy and healthy New Years, I look forward to writing many more posts in the new year.

j

Eat Healthy, Be Happy & Get Fit

xo j xo