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Starting the New Year on a Healthy Note

By Brandi Goodman 

You may have overdone it over the past few weeks or even months. Lots of people tend to let the holidays get the best of them. You start consuming all the treats in sight, overeating, and sitting far too often. Start the new year on a healthy note by making some important changes to your routine.

Add Veggies to Every Meal

Vegetables provide many of the nutrients and vitamins you need. If you've been eating far too unhealthy lately now is a good time to start adding veggies to every meal so you can help reduce your bloat and get your cravings minimized. Mix veggies into eggs for a nutritious breakfast. Eat carrot sticks for a snack. Have a meat and veggie for lunch. 

Set A Sleep Routine

It can be difficult to get a good night's rest when there's so much on your to-do list around the holidays. You may have found yourself staying up later to get things accomplished. Now's the time to set a sleep routine that you can begin to maintain nightly. Turn off the phone and other devices around an hour before you plan to be in bed. Get blackout curtains that will drown out light and noise. Get an oil diffuser with lavender that will provide a calming atmosphere. There's lots of ways to help yourself drift yourself off to sleep faster at night.

Choose a Fun Workout Class

Getting more exercise should also be a goal for the new year. Choose a fun workout class or other type of routine that will keep you motivated to follow. Doing something you enjoy will have you more likely to continue with it. If you like bike riding then a cycling class may be up your alley. Maybe you prefer dancing. A Zumba class would be ideal. If you don't have time for a class then find a fun way to get exercise at home. Maybe you'll opt to dance more as you clean or follow some workout videos on Facebook.

Starting your new year on a healthy note will help you set the tone for the remainder of the year as well. If you follow a new routine and stick with it you'll be more likely to keep up with this as the months go on. Just a few small changes can make a big difference in the way you feel.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Anderson, S.C.

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