Are you in a rut?  New Year’s resolutions have come and gone and you’re still on the couch. Forget Monday’s and New Year’s resolutions and take a long term, life changing approach to wellness. We often get caught in the trap of focusing only on the scale or the models on the cover of magazines. This is pure and simple self-sabotage.  Follow these recommendations from the wellness experts and ramp up your workout.

Wellness has four key components. Take a look at your mental health, physical stamina, diet and prevention program. Schedule annual visits with your family physician to address any health issues before they spiral.  Invest in meaningful relationships. Mental health plays a key role in overall physical health.  This is all too often discounted. Diet also plays a huge role in our health. If you’re not confident you’re getting adequate vitamins and minerals in your diet, consider taking advantage of the savings offered by Groupon coupons and consider the huge selection of vitamins and nutritional supplements offered at Vitacost. If your wellness goals include weight loss, know that eighty percent of weight loss is attributed to diet choices and twenty percent to ramping up your metabolism through exercise.

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The best program for exercise is the simplest. If you embark on a restrictive diet and strenuous exercise regime, studies show it won’t be sustainable. Just get off the couch and start walking around the block. Commit to doing this for twenty minutes five days a week.  Spend ten minutes each evening either stretching and doing light yoga or begin light weight lifting with multiple repetitions.  The smaller the changes in your lifestyle, the more likely you’ll be to maintain these new choices.

Try to make simple diet changes. Eliminating sugary sodas and fast food will make a huge change in your metabolism. Excess salt causes bloat, inflammation and high blood pressure and excess sugar is the culprit for huge changes in energy levels and excess pounds. Grab a friend, canine or otherwise, and make these slow changes together. You’ll quickly notice a change in your energy and stamina levels. This alone will serve as motivation to continue. Best of luck on your journey!

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