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Adopting a healthy lifestyle tends to be the most popular goal during the month of January thanks to New Years Resolutions, sales on swim suits and the booking of Spring Break trips. Maintaining this new lifestyle can be difficult, especially due how expensive it can be. But, there are countless ways to balance out living a healthy life and managing a healthy bank account. All you need is a little bit of creativity and these helpful tips….

Snacking Often

Eating multiple, small meals throughout the day gets your metabolism moving. This means lots of mindful snacking! Eating more frequently may sound like it could put a dent in your wallet, but there are a ton of inexpensive snacks that are both filling and nutritious.

  • Bananas- packed with potassium and fiber
  • Carrots- full of Vitamin A
  • Non-fat Greek Yogurt- loaded with calcium and protein
  • Nuts- great source of protein and omega-3 (when sticking to appropriate serving sizes, can be inexpensive!)
  • Beans & Brown Rice- high in fiber, manganese and protein

Working Out

Some gym memberships can be pretty costly. Luckily, during the month of January, most gyms have discounted memberships. If the gym closest to you isn’t in your budget, make your own!

  • Chair- Use the edge of a sturdy chair to do tricep dips
  • Stairs- Great for running on or doing calf raises (especially with dumbbells or canned goods in hand)
  • Floor- Get down and do yoga, planks, crunches, push-ups, 6-inches, mountain climbers or even Supermans
  • Wall- Utilize your wall for wall sits

 

There are so many ways to live a healthy lifestyle, even if you’re on a budget. All you need is some creativity and an open mind!

 

Information obtained from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthy-eating/healthy-foods-under-3/pictures/index.html
http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/fitness-programs-article/2863/Top-25-At-Home-Exercises/
 
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30 Days Until a New Habit

30 Days. It takes about one month to form a new habit and it’s only been a little over a week since you’ve sat down and considered what your resolution for 2014 would be. For the first couple of days, social media pages were flooded with posts like “New Year: New Me” and all of the hype probably had you motivated. But, what about now? How do you stay excited and committed until you’ve reached the thirty day mark?

Reminders. Leave inspirational notes for yourself around the house or office in places you’ll see them sporadically throughout the day. Set reminders or alarms on your cell phone randomly throughout the month. Change the background of your computer desktop or of your cell phone to something encouraging for your specific resolution.

Goals. Set small, weekly and measurable goals. By providing yourself with smaller tasks, achieving something and rewarding yourself more frequently throughout the month will continue to keep you motivated and on track.

Communicate. Encourage your friends and family to stick to their resolutions. Seeing the progress of others will entice you to push ahead.  Also, you can share your resolution with someone or something that will hold you accountable for it- whether it be a new gym buddy, volunteer coordinator or your Twitter followers.

With these tips, hopefully making a habit out of your resolution will be easy. If you slip up, don’t worry about it. Keep at it and good luck!

 

For other tips visit: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2014/01/06/make-2014-year-keep-your-resolutions/
http://www.inc.com/carolyn-cutrone/apps-to-keep-new-years-resolutions.html
http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-tips-help-you-keep-your-new-year-s-resolution
 
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