New Year's Resolutions

How to kick start your New Year's resolution NOW!

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If I had to guess what the No. 1 New Year's resolution most Americans will be making, I bet we could safely say it has to do with health and fitness. As a matter of fact, according to a Nielsen poll, 37% of Americans resolved to stay fit and healthy and 32% would like to lose weight in the new year. So where do you line up here? If it's within the 69%, here are some tips below on how to kick start your new years resolution now! Without the slow start on Jan. 1! But first, whip out those pens and jot down your goals. This is important to list them out, as it will hold yourself accountable.

Prep your body

Before going on any serious diet, you should prep/detox your body. When you detox your body, you are getting rid of waste. Everyone builds waste in their body, no matter how healthy they eat. Your body absorbs toxic chemicals from the air, environment, as well as food. After you start your diet, (and likely start to lose weight), it is important to continue to flush out the toxins. Pesticides and plastics are stored in fatty tissue, and once the weight melts away, those toxins get released in the process.

In order to detox, take a look at your diet. If you know you are putting harmful items in your body you know you are not supposed to: sugar, processed meat & grains, etc. Cut those out asap, for at least 10 days, this will help reduce any cravings you have for that certain food after 10 days. There are several ways to detox, but keeping a clean diet, while drinking juices is a safe detox. There are many fads to "juicing." However often when only drinking juice, with no food, your body is fatigued and always hungry. Be sure to start a natural detox, with whole fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats. And when you are looking to make or buy juices, be sure they are filled with plenty fruits and vegetables. Kombucha is another drink you can try while whipping your body into shape. Kombucha has actually become the new hot drink in 2018. It is a fermented tea that has plenty of antioxidants. Kombucha is very beneficial in probiotics and has plenty of health benefits!

Once you prep your body the transition to eat clean will be smooth in the new year! Detoxing also helps kick start your metabolism. And hopefully it won't just become your diet, it'll become your lifestyle!

Bring your spouse or friend along for the ride

Let's face it, breaking out of old habits and into new ones is always much easier with a partner in crime. Try to make it a habit of your household. When everyone that surrounds you is in the same health mind set, as far as diet, exercise…everything, it will make your life much simpler.

Research

Since you are planning far in advance...Do your research! You should research how you want to approach your detox and what juices to make. As well as the most important, (your New Year's Resolution), whichever diet you choose to start in January. Especially the one you are looking to continue as a lifestyle. While doing your research one item you may overlook is your sleep! Be sure in this transition that you are getting a full eight hours of sleep! You don't want to miss out on any hours. Sleep deprivation can increase hunger and make you feel sluggish during your workout. Here are some tips to keep in mind: Stay hydrated, low sodium, try to eliminate sugars and alcohol, do eat veggies, fiber, and protein.

So why wait? Kick start your New Year's Resolutions now. Tons of gyms are doing their promotions now!

A little yoga in your life

Yoga tips, part 3: Sleep like a baby

Here are a few yoga poses that will help you ease into a restful night and sleep like a baby. Right before you go to sleep, begin your practice with the combination of these poses and deep breathing to calm the mind, your body will begin to release physical tension. This combination activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which helps counteract stress.

1) Restorative child's pose:

To come into the pose: sit on your shins, knees together (however if you are putting a pillow under tummy, spread the knees to insert pillow. Lay forward in Child's Pose resting the body over the knees or pillow. Arms can rest forward or behind, the head should take equal time being turned to each side. If needed, make sure you have enough space under the belly, to not strain the back. Hold this pose between 20 seconds and 2 minutes.

2) Supine Twist:

There are many health benefits to supine twist. Here are just a few. Help release lower-back,

Opens tight shoulders, elongates the supporting spinal muscles, improves digestion, and quiets the mind, just to name a few. To start this pose lay on your back. Hug your right knee into your chest. Take your left hand to your outer right thigh and guide your right knee to the left. Reach your right arm out to the right on the ground. You can stay with a neutral neck or, if it feels good, look to the right. You can keep your left hand on the ground.

3) Supta battakansana:

This is also known as reclining bound angle pose. Lay on your back on the floor. Bend your knees and place the soles of your feet together. Lie back on your bolster and support your head with a blanket, so that your head is above your heart. Allow the knees to open and relax into the props. Hold for about 30 seconds up to 2 minutes. You also want to remember to breath 20-30 breaths during this time period.

4) Savasana:

This is also known as Corpse pose. You want to end your sequence with this pose and hold for either 3-10 minutes. Lie back, letting your legs and arms relax. Bring your attention to your breath and notice which nostril is clearer. To come out of the pose, draw your knees in toward your chest. Instead of automatically rolling to your right side, roll onto whichever side feels comfortable.

Try these 4 positions to help you fall asleep faster and get a restful night of sleep. A huge thank you to Nathalie Kosman who helped me throughout the yoga series. You can catch her at The Preserve, Fit Athletic Club and Equinox for private and group classes! Also on Instagram @Nathalie_kosman

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