Monday, November 14, 2011

New Year’s Resolution for a Healthier 2012 – Everything in Moderation! (Part 2)

In the second installment of our 3 part series on how to make your New Year’s resolution a commitment to moderation we will discuss how to avoid being a slave to repetition.

Part 2: Commit to Mixing it Up

Some routine in life is normal, understandable and at times desirable, but when it comes to physical and mental health, repetition is not your friend. Not only will repeated tasks result in diminishing returns, but they tend to be boring and don’t add joy to your life.

If you have a very repetitive workout, it’s time to mix things up. Diversifying your workout will likely:
  • Stimulate different muscles leading to better over-all results
  • Break through a weight loss plateau
  • Compel you to try harder rather than go through the motions
  • Alleviate boredom
  • Reduce the likelihood of giving up and quitting
  • Stimulate your brain as you learn new things

Start by incorporating one new cardio and one new strength training activity each week. If you are an avid spin class person, try a yoga class. If you are a long distance runner, try biking, rowing or even doing sprint intervals. If you usually work out indoors, try something in the fresh air. To elevate your exercise regimen to the next level, try wearing an infra red ceramic bracelet to help improve your circulation while working out.

If you do not currently exercise, add in a new cardio activity and a new strength training activity at least once this week. Remember – don’t switch into full speed right away. This is all about moderation. Incorporate small changes and once those become too easy, introduce new small changes. Be sure to consult a doctor before starting new physical activities. It is also important that you are fueling your body properly for exertion. You will need both complex carbohydrates and protein in order to fuel your workout. Consider incorporating a probiotic cleanse and a metabolite extract drink like EM-X Gold for maximum metabolic efficiency.

Like physical stagnation, you can also experience mental stagnation. Studies have shown that individuals who do not regularly stimulate their minds are more likely to suffer from dementia later on in life. Several studies show that our neurology benefits from regular engagement – particularly from puzzle solving type activities.
Commit to stimulating your mind several days a week and adding in a new activity a few times a month. The good news is, most of these activities are fun.

Some great brain stimulators and brain-training games include:
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Sudoku
  • Chess
  • Reading an article or book
  • Listening to a radio program or book on tape
  • Taking a class or attending a lecture
  • Visiting a museum
These lifestyle changes are realistic, manageable and – most importantly – they will enhance your quality of life. The result is a happier, healthier you.

In our next post we will address how moderation can become a personal mantra to be applied across all facets of your life. Stay Tuned!

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