Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions? It’s so nice to hit reset, to face a blank slate. Anything is possible when you leave the past behind and set your mind on your goals ahead. So here are a few of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, and often the most broken. But the calendar doesn’t need to say Jan. 1st in order for you to start making these changes. It’s easy to start implementing them today!
While there is no secret sauce to losing weight (other than exercise and healthy eating) but you CAN boost your metabolism. Spices like ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, and turmeric have been said to have metabolic boosting properties, and eating small meals more frequently helps your body to process the food and nutrients.
If you don’t need to lose weight but you want to tone up, exercise and weight training are your friends. Start with a small commitment and find an activity that you actually enjoy. If you go too hard too fast, there’s a pretty big chance you’ll give up like the 24% of people who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year.
Keep in mind that every time you lift a dumbbell, your muscle contracts, and calcium gives muscles that cue to contract—and, therefore, grow! And that vitamin D is required for muscular contraction, function, and growth. It’s also essential for bone growth and strength, and since skeletal muscles need a strong base to build off of, you can’t neglect your D. Finally, vitamin C is responsible for the health of the blood vessels, which support the muscles’ needs for oxygen and nutrients.
Manage Stress and Be Happy
For people with seriously busy schedules and serious depression, this is a big one. Many people turn to pharmaceutical drugs to reduce anxiety and battle depression. But before you start popping pills, do a serious analysis of where your stress and unhappiness are coming from. WebMD suggests these 10 Natural Depression Treatments, and get this:
Researchers analyzed eight studies of 1,300 adults taking a multivitamin supplement for at least 28 days, and found that people who popped multivitamins for at least a month enjoyed a 65% and 68% reduction in stress and anxiety, respectively, and reported 73% less fatigue.
So start with a multi-vitamin, and use this guide from Dr. Oz to determine which additional vitamins and nutrients can be even more helpful based on your stress symptoms (like insomnia, headaches, pain, anxiety, fatigue, etc.)