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New Year's Baby Steps

Yoga Pose

Haven’t set a New Year’s resolution? Not to worry! We’re only a week in - not yet far enough away from 2018 to look back and reflect on the changes we’d like to make moving forward. They don’t happen overnight, especially if you’re aiming to improve your physical or mental health. Those goals must be taken one day at a time.

Plant-Based Mondays

Now that the holidays are over and you’re back in the swing of things, completely changing your diet overnight can be challenging. A lot of research, grocery lists, and prep time goes into having a 100% plant-based diet. Why not start of with one or two days a week? Set aside time next weekend to plan and prepare your meals for the following day.

Remember, Monday is the start of a brand new week! Instead of dreading this day - try seeing it as a clean slate and opportunity for change.

Meditate

Maybe you’re not a Yogi. But setting aside at least 10 minutes a day to relax, clear your thoughts, and just BREATH can work wonders. We’re so wired to share our energy with the world around us - work, partners, social media, etc., that we’re not spending enough time focusing on our own balance.

If you’re having a hard time clearing your mind, start out each morning by setting a small goal to accomplish that day. Instead of looking ahead at your calendar, eagerly awaiting your next vacation, take the time to register who you are in the present and what you want to accomplish each day.

Move Your Body

No gym membership? No problem. There’s plenty of free, at-home exercise apps out there that can help you get in the practice of making movement a priority. To start, try finding one that focuses on the area of your body you want to improve the most (ie. abs, thighs). On top of that, find a yoga or cardio class to attend twice a month.

Favorite Workout Apps: SWORKIT, Instant Abs / Instant Arms, 7M WORKOUT

Want to be able to run a 5k? Try walking for two minutes - jogging for 8 minutes (x3) to build stamina. Go into these workouts with low impact - then work your way up!

The human anatomy was not built to sit at a desk for 9 hours a day. However, if you find your work schedule doesn’t accommodate the recommended 10,000 steps per day - try these tips below!

TIPS:

- Stretch for a few minutes every morning before starting your day
- Invest in a standing desk
- Walk during your lunch break
- Try a few yoga poses while watching tv in the evenings

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