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12 Simple Tips to Help Make 2012 Your Healthiest Year Yet by Jessica Boscarini

by Jessica Boscarini, posted to Health & Fitness

The older we get, the harder it is to shake off a weekend full of overeating and under-sleeping, not to mention binge drinking. We always curse ourselves for doing it, swearing we will never do it again, until a week or two later when those memories somehow seem to vanish and we start the process ov... More »

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Drink Water

…lots of it! Nothing is better for cleaning out your system and helping you feel refreshed than good old-fashioned H2O. Shoot for 12oz first thing in the morning, and then another 3-4oz every hour or so. This doesn’t seem like a lot [it’s definitely doable], and will give you the recommended 64oz your body craves every day.

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Eat Breakfast

I know you’ve heard the adage, but breakfast really is the most...more

They call it “break” [your] “fast” for a reason. Your body has essentially been starving for 12 hours and, like a car’s engine, needs to be refueled to start moving again. Plus, eating a healthy breakfast will get your day moving in the right direction and will better set you up for making good, nutritious food choices throughout the rest of it.

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Stretch in the A.M.

Lying in bed is great (we obviously all need our sleep), but the...more

As soon as you get out of bed, take a mere 2-3 minutes to stretch your arms over your head, roll your neck from side to side, and bend down, hanging your head between your legs. These movements will help to get the blood flowing and will give you a surprising burst of energy first thing in the morning.

Jackie: I love stretching but have been slacking on it...will have to make it a part of my morning routine!

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Take a Break

Sitting in front of the computer isn’t good for your eyes, and it...more

Stand up and take a quick stretch every 60 minutes or so. Roll your neck around, stretch your legs. Anything to get the blood circulating again. (This would be a great time to hit up the water cooler and drink those 3-4oz of water we were discussing.)

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Take a Walk

The average American spends a very big portion of their day sitting on their butt. No wonder we have an obesity epidemic! Get up and take a walk. Even if it’s only around your office building or to the far end of the parking lot [where you should be parking your car…]

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Get Your Healthy Fats

Unless you live in a box, you’ve at least heard of the benefits of healthy fats, most importantly of which are the Omega-3s. Vital for your brain, heart health, and overall functionality, these fats are not only available in pill form, but through a variety of fish, nuts, and legumes.

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Eat Whole Grains

There is a plethora of whole-grain products on store shelves these days, so you really don’t have any excuses. Whole grains contain more fiber, vitamins, and provide the healthy carbs that our bodies need, so switch out white, processed foods for whole grain varieties.

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Eat a Varied Diet

I know this is much easier said than done – we all get in our...more

...but eating a variety of foods, especially of those healthy foods we all need to be eating more of anyway (aka, vegetables), will help ensure that our bodies get a nice blend of nutrients.Plus, the constant changing of caloric intake will insure that our bodies never get too comfortable, keeping our metabolisms running at their optimal level.

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Eat More Often

Yes, I said it. Eating more often can actually help you lose weight and be healthier [check out this article to learn how]. However, this does depend on what you are eating, and how much of it, so don’t start eating cookies all day long and think that you are doing your body any favors.

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Eat Fiber-rich Foods

There’s no coincidence that many of the most nutritious foods are...more

...some cancers. At the very least, 25 grams are recommended, although I still feel this is rather low. Now don’t scoff; getting plenty of fiber in your diet really isn’t that hard to do. If you eat a well-rounded diet consisting of veggies, fruits, and whole grains (as mentioned above), you will surpass that number in no time flat.

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Exercise Often

As you know, it is recommend to get at least 45-60 minutes of exercise [practically] every day. However, what most people don’t realize is that it doesn’t all have to be consecutive. Doing 10 minutes here, or 15 minutes there will also do the trick and makes that daunting 60-minute number seem a lot more obtainable.

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R & R

Our bodies need sleep – 7 to 8 hours per night is ideal. But with...more

Just as eating is crucial for our well-being, so is sleep. Both your body and your mind need that time to shutoff and refuel for the next day. Don’t take sleep for granted – make it a priority!

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