Health and Well-being Tips for 2017
By Anthony Mayatt, Mar 7 2017 09:28PM
With the New Year in full swing, it’s definitely time to put those resolutions into action. There’s just something about 2017 that seems promising. I am a big believer that those who dream big break free from limitations and I’m sure that if you’ve ever set your mind to something and had a really strong vision for it, eventually it manifested itself to you. This year, make it all about you and your dreams. If you haven’t done so yet, get a paper and a pen and write down the next 5 practices, which if you really make time for, will make a big difference in your life for the year ahead and further on.
The health trends for 2017 predict that clean eating will be at the forefront of everything. This means more cooking in, less dinning out. This is going to save you a lot of money, but most importantly it will be great for your body and your mind. I say this because cooking is a creative practice that can be very therapeutic. You don’t need to be the next master chef to be able to put a nice dish together. Have fun with different foods, explore your local markets, stock up on fresh vegetables and create your very own culinary masterpieces from scratch. You will start noticing a difference in your digestion and your overall well-being.
Train smart, not hard
So many people are afraid of working out because they don’t think they are fit enough. Know that regardless if you are overweight or simply want to tone up, you need to start implementing exercise in your every day routine. There are simply no excuses when it comes to this. The key to enjoying exercise is to understand why and how you are doing it. If you are not a gym fan, you can try power walking, running or bootcamp activities outdoors. You can also do it from the comfort of your own home by watching Youtube videos that work for you. I would however recommend seeing a personal trainer to begin with if you are a novice to it. Exercise is not necessarily about losing weight (unless you have to for health reasons of course), it’s more to do with challenging yourself and doing something that will ultimately be beneficial for your life.
Appreciate the little things
Let go of any expectations you might have this year and learn to live in the moment. When you are present and live in the now, the smallest things might create the biggest impact. You will see everything much clearer when you make the conscious decision of just seeing life as it is and appreciating everything you are blessed with in your life. Make time for your loved ones and most importantly learn to enjoy your own company. When you practice gratitude often, you will only attract positive things.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional glass of wine or a pint of beer, but frequent use of alcohol, even in small doses can be very detrimental not only to your physical health but also mentally. Alcohol contains a lot of sugar which can create a lot of damage to your body; it also considered a depressant so regardless of the amount you drink, your brain will still be affected. With a fresh start, it might be best you start looking into different ways you can enjoy a night out without waking up feeling miserable. Get some inspiration from leading health brands on healthy mocktail recipes.
Step out of your comfort zone
If there is one important message I can give you thins year is to step out of your comfort zone. Do something that scares you, something you’ve always wanted to try but talked yourself out of too many times. Embrace that fear that comes with it, for it is what pushes you further. Let yourself live freely and do things outside of your day-to-day routine. Being alive is about making the most out of what life has to offer.
You have the choice of making this your best year yet. Take the decision to live everyday with passion, joy and courage and great things will start coming to you.
Miriam is the founder of online business magazine Bizelevation.com and online motivational platform Self-Elevation.com. She has a background in psychology and is a qualified NLP Practitioner focusing on business strategy, communication techniques, self-development and goal setting. She is a yoga enthusiast, a keen runner and practices meditation daily.
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