It’s that time of year when people are fully committed to their New Year’s Resolution…get fit, work out more often, eat healthier, get more rest, spend more time with family and friends, etc. etc. etc. Only to slip back into familiar patterns by mid-February/early March. So, what’s it going to take to stay fully committed to your resolutions and achieve your goals in 2012? Here are five tips to consider:
- Replace a couple of unhealthy behaviors with healthy behaviors. You don’t have to change your whole entire life overnight – and if you try to make too many changes, I guarantee that you will slip back into your old patterns/behaviors. Start with a few modifications and go from there. Add a little more exercise. Reduce a few “bad food” choices.
- Listen to your body. If you are tired, rest. If you can exercise harder, do it. If you are thirsty, drink (plain ol’ water) rather than eat. Often, people think they are hungry when they are really thirsty – slow down and really start to listen to your body. Your brain will fool you, but your body never will.
- Chew your food completely. You don’t have teeth in your stomach, so chew fully before you swallow. There are many people with digestion problems – constipation, diarrhea, heart burn, indigestion – I’d attribute a lot of these issues to either not chewing your food completely and/or eating foods incompatible to you.
- Drink water. Reduce or eliminate all other liquids and drink plain ol’ water to stay hydrated, remove toxins and nourish your tissues.
- Practice Yoga. Yoga is life changing – and transforms the body, mind, and spirit. I am excellent proof that yoga works (in the most extreme cases, I will add!). My whole life has been radically and positively transformed, due to my daily yoga practice. Yoga will make your body, mind, and spirit stronger, more flexible, balanced, centered, focused, open, resilient, graceful and numerous – numerous additional benefits. If you have an ailment, yoga could be the cure.
It is my hope to inspire everyone to get healthy, and stay healthy, in 2012. And “get healthy” may mean someone completely different to each person. I’d love to help you achieve your idea of health and wellness. Feel free to reach out anytime.