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!

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5 bucket list races that make 'Merica great

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Last week, I wrote about some of the world's best bucket list marathon and half marathons. But, what about here in the United States? We got some great places to explore on foot like our National Parks, Wine Country, and let's not forget our southern most state, Hawaii. So, I've made a list of marathons and half marathons to honor some of America's best bucket list destinations.

Red Rock trails​

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Zion National Park Marathon

Zion National Park, Utah

February 20, 2020

It's a steady climb to the road to Zion. This race starts and ends in Springdale, Utah. Runners travel along the Watchman trail to carefully arrive at the mouth of Zion Canyon. Runners can stop and take in the breath-taking views of of cold snow canyons and snow capped cliffs. Better hurry and register because this race sells out every year.

Race fit for a Disney Princess

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Disney Wine and Dine Marathon

Orlando, Florida

November 3, 2020

This popular race takes place on Walt Disney World Resort. Runners get to run wild through the theme park. Make sure to bring your camera for this novelty race. It is perfect for the Mickey and Donald Duck lovers. Stop and take your picture with your favorite Disney characters every mile. This marathon is great to walk and trot to the finish line which is a food and wine festival fit for a prince…or…..princess or……a fairy………or a cricket.

Get hitched on this marathon course.

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Rock and Roll Las Vegas Marathon

Las Vegas, Nevada

November 16-17, 2020

The Rock and Roll race series really out did themselves with this one. Have you ever wanted to dress as Elvis or a Cirque Du Soleil character, listen to your favorite rock band, and run down the Las Vegas Strip at night? Me, too! This race is definitely on my bucket list. There is so much packed in that it takes an entire weekend. This marathon is literally a night race down the Las Vegas Strip. You get to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Vegas. You can even get married on course at Mile 3. Bands play at every mile of the race to keep you pumped up. A Rock and Roll race would not be right if it didn't start with a pre-race performance from headliner Kesha. Can I say #StripAtNight?

Run the rolling hills of wine.​

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Napa Valley Half Marathon

Napa Valley, California

March 1, 2020

This is known as the "biggest little marathon in the west." This picturesque course starts at the Silverado Trail from Calistoga and ends in Napa Valley. Runners run past the vineyards and wineries. It is the perfect tour of wine country. This race is not just wine. This road race is a Boston Qualifier. You will truly want to Run.Sip.Savor.

Fun in the sun.

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Honolulu Marathon

Honolulu, Ohau

December 8, 2019

Run in paradise in our southern most state. Sandy beaches, tropical flowers, and palm trees. Kick off the weekend with a luau complete with male and female hula dancers. The 5am start is no hardship with a spectacular fireworks show. The run up Diamond Head Crator is a challenge, but well worth it. You get to experience the laid-back attitude of Hawaiians. It's come one, come all for this race. Everyone and their mama, grandpa, whoever else comes out. There is no time limit or limit of participants. Fun in the sun.

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