12 Tips for a Healthy New Year

Remember these are ultimate goals. Spend 2012 moving in the right direction. It isn’t as much about arriving as it is improving.

Plus, check with your doctor before changing your exercise routine.

If you have special dietary considerations or trouble sticking to a healthy meal plan, you might want to make an appointment with a nutritionist or a dietician.

Twelve Tips

1. Slowly and steadily, increase the frequency until you are exercising for thirty minutes six times per week.

2. Walk, run, march, dance…Get your heart rate up for thirty minutes six times per week.

3. Include resistance training – weight bearing exercises – three to four times per week.

4. If you find it difficult to stay motivated, find a workout buddy with similar goals who will encourage you to stay on track.

5.  Stay hydrated. Most of us need to drink more water. I know I do. (Don’t forget caffeinated and alcoholic beverages do not count. Sugary and carbonated drinks aren’t great either.)

6. Prepare your meal plans in advance. Plus, prep as many of the ingredients as you can beforehand. When you come home at the end of a long day, you’ll be more likely to put together a healthy meal if it doesn’t mean spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

7. When eating out, go for the salad with dressing on the side, a baked potatoes with only a little butter or sour cream,  or veggies instead of fries.

8. Choose healthier dessert options (i.e. angel food cake, fresh fruit, low fat yogurt, etc).

9. When going out for dessert and coffee, share that piece of cheesecake and have non-caffeinated herbal tea instead of a calorie rich latte or macchiato, my personal favourite.

10. Limit – or eliminate – processed foods.

11. Eat a balanced diet.

12. Seek to live a balanced life. Don’t get obsessive about exercise and healthy eating. They are simply means to an end: a healthy life.

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year

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