5 Tips for a Healthier 2013

20132013 is finally here! As I’ve mentioned in this post, losing weight remains a popular New Year’s resolution, and even my own goals this year include incorporating more exercise into my life. If  you’re trying to get healthier this season, here are 5 easy tips to try today.

Drink More Water – Typically, people confuse thirst with hunger. So, before hitting the vending machine in the morning or late afternoon, try having a glass of water first, and see if you’re still hungry after that. I personally love drinking Gerolsteiner water. The light carbonation makes it seem like a treat and the minerals found in Gerolsteiner – calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate – help to build strong bones, regulate your metabolism and balance stomach acids. The water comes from fresh springs in Gerolstein, Germany and can be now be found throughout the United States – just look for the water with a star!

Do jumping jacks before showering – Fitting exercise can be difficult (Click here for how to squash the top 5 exercise excuses). Finding your workout clothes and allotting enough time to workout, shower and get ready can be daunting. So, skip the gym, and everyday, before you shower, do a set of 50 jumping jacks, 5 push ups, 20 crunches, 20 mountain climbers, and a 30 second plank. Not only will you get in the habit of waking up to a fitness routine, but you’ll be more motivated to workout knowing a hot shower is not far away.

Eat a (healthy) Breakfast – Morning minutes may be the most valuable. Hitting the snooze button a few times may seem gratifying but if it leaves you zero time to make (or purchase) a healthy breakfast, you will be left feeling a lot more tired. Try fruit and yogurt, a banana or, if you really can’t stomach eating in the morning, try making a coffee and protein powder shake (blend coffee, protein powder and ice).

Plant-based diet – As children, we were told to eat our vegetables. Somehow, this dinnertime rule seems to slowly be forgotten as we age. Former president, Bill Clinton, who once was the butt of many chubby cheeseburger jokes on SNL, just announced that he switched to a vegan diet and has never felt better. Incorporating more fruit and veggies into your diet will provide you tons of  fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. The complex carbohydrates found in vegetables also means they’re very satisfying. If going vegan isn’t possible for you right now, try adding more plant-based meals to your diet (Meatless Monday is a great start).  For people just starting to incorporate more vegetables and fruit into their diet, I suggest cutting meat out of 1 meal daily and substituting a “meaty” veggie such as mushrooms or eggplant.

Join the pv.body 30 day Challenge! – The awesome workout clothing subscription brand, pv.body, is launching a 30 day fitness challenge completely free for members! Each day, you will be given a new goal from fitness experts and dietitians. The challenges include workouts, recipes, meal plans, group activities and more!  The best part is, you’ll be able to share your progress and get support from the entire pv.body babe community on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest by using the hashtag #pv30daychallengeIf you’re interested in taking the 30 day challenge, sign for pv.body today, and, if you click here, you get 20% off your first order!

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