Focus your attention in 3 major areas:
1. Work your body! Schedule 3-5 days of exercise each week. If you typically hit a plateau or experience boredom a month or two into the New Year, the next few tips will serve you well.
Instead of a mid-week rest day, add in a stretching or yoga class to your routine. Keep your fitness momentum going while also allowing sufficient rest and recovery for your muscles. Consider including restorative-type exercise into your routine.
Try something new. Whether it’s a personal training session or a spin class, surprise your body and metabolism with a completely different type of workout.
Be accountable. Pair up with a friend or family member. Studies have shown that we are more apt to stick to our workout routines if we have a set time and place to meet someone. Having a workout buddy to lift your spirits on those days you don’t feel like exercising is an essential motivator.
2. Prepare ahead for the mid-day slump. Pack wisely for those times of the day when your healthy eating habits are challenged (typically between 3pm and 5pm.) Have a healthy snack packed for that time of the day when you feel like attacking the nearest vending machine or MacDonald’s drive-thru. Cheese and crackers, sugar snap peas and hummus, and lightly salted pistachios are healthy mid-day snacks and travel well.
3. Reach for the fabulous 5. Five servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day will keep you looking younger and feeling more energized. The beauty of theses colorful super foods is that they rotate their deliciousness throughout the 4 seasons. Take advantage of their power packed nutrients by spreading 5 or more servings among breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Make this nutrition goal for yourself and your family: try one new fruit or vegetable every week by incorporating it into a meal or snack.
Helen Agresti is a Registered Dietitian with Professional Nutrition Consulting, LLC. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and 5 children. For more Nutrition advice and healthy recipes follow her on twitter @HelenAgresti and on the web www.pronutritionconsulting.com