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Starting the new year with a focus on health is a great way to set yourself up for success in the coming months.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve your fitness, or simply feel better overall, there are many things you can do to get your body and mind GLOWing!

A popular trend that has gained traction in recent years is “Dry January,” where individuals commit to abstaining from alcohol for the entire month. A benefit of Dry January is that it can help improve mental well-being. Alcohol is a depressant, and excessive drinking can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. By taking a break from alcohol, you can sometimes experience improved mood and reduced stress, and in the gloomy months of winter we can use all the help we can get!

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If it’s changes to your diet or exercise routine you want to make, it’s important to remember to set small, attainable goals for yourself. Instead of trying to rely on fad diets or quick fixes, focus on eating a balanced diet and give yourself time for the changes to come! Pay attention to what works for your body. We’re all different, so what works for one person may not work for another. Not all diet food has to be bland or boring either! Substituting things in recipes, like using skim milk instead of using whole milk, can be an easy way to reduce fat and calorie intake without feeling deprived of flavor.  When it comes to exercise, find activities that you enjoy and that you can stick with long-term, such as walking, cycling, swimming, or yoga. Remember that it’s okay to start small, even just a few minutes makes a difference over time!

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Managing sleep and stress are a major part of your over-all health too.  Stress can take a toll on your physical and mental health, so it’s important to find ways to manage it; self-care isn’t just a hashtag! Incorporating things like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga can be great for helping to manage stress. Again, it’s about finding what works for you!

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The most important thing to remember is to not be too hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes — everyone has those days — and setbacks are a normal part of the process! It’s not about being perfect, but rather about making progress and taking small steps towards your goals!