What I love most about the New Year is the feeling of starting over. Whatever happened last year can be put behind. Now, you have the chance to write a new chapter and create a new experience for yourself and the coming year.
In 2015 instead of resolving to give something up, I like to decide to add things into my life to enrich it or increase the quality of my health.
Here are some New Years add ideas.
1. Get your health tested from a lab that produces it’s own supplements. The test results will give you a specific idea of what minerals and vitamins you are actually deficient in or are perhaps getting too much of. There are a few great companies out there which will do hair, blood and urine tests to discover what you, as an individual, need as a supplementation to your diet.
2. Add hot water and lemon to your morning routine. Why? Well, I’ll give you a few of the highlights below:
Cleanses your system
Acts as a diuretic
Boosts your immune system
Balances your PH levels
If you want to know all about it, check this article out.
3. Add a stretching day to your week or weekly workout routine. Every muscle and organ in our body is encased in a microscopic sheath called facsia or connective tissue. When our fascia is warm and pliable we are mobile and flexible. However, every night when we go to bed or sit in a static position for hours on end, our fascia adheres to itself and becomes firm and hard. Our body requires movement through full range of motion on a regular basis to bring our facsia back to its warm and pliable state.
4. Find a friend, new or old, to take on a new physical activity or challenge. Here in San Francisco, we have so many different independent gyms and studios at our fingertips. Take full advantage of what this city has to offer and try something fun and new. Here are a few ideas:
Aerial Circus classes at The Circus Center
Rock Climbing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge at Planet Granite
Muy Thai or Jui Jitsu at El Nino Training Center
Salsa Dance Classes at Dancesf
City View Yoga classes at Yoga to the people in the Mission
5. Eat like a horse. Yes, you heard me right. Horses graze throughout the day, getting most of their nutrients from fresh grasses, grains and oats. Horses don’t overeat. They eat until their stomachs’ are half way full. This way, their bodies have the space to break down and utilize the nutrients they need. Humans are no different. We can only absorb so much food at one time.
6. Try a new hiking trail every month. Getting outside is good for you, fresh air, vitamin D. You will feel better, I promise. Check out this site for some amazing hiking trails in the Bay Area.
7. Try meditation. There are so many studies about the benefits of meditation. Try taking 30 minutes 1x a week and meditate. There are even apps now to facilitate meditation when you have 5 minutes to spare out of your day. All you need is a quite place and a comfortable place to sit so you can recharge. It’s one of the best things to clear your head.
8. Make a date with your family. You only have one. Make a point to have dinner or an outing with your family once a month. Play games, cook together, build your relationships. This may seem like a no brainer, but some people don’t make this happen.
9. Clean out your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Whenever you see someone complaining or projecting negativity out to the world for all to see, make a decision whether you want to keep that in your life or not. We are what we concentrate on. If your feed is full of selfies and road rage rants you will feel fairly drained at the end of the day. So add creative and inspiring pages to your Social Media to follow and lift you up throughout the day.
10. Get in touch with your inner child. As grown ups, we can get a little too serious sometimes. So let your inner child out. Watch cartoons on a Saturday morning. Go to the zoo. Laugh, play, and be silly. Build things and be creative. Get outside and get dirty. Don’t take anything too seriously. Let go of expectations, agendas and grudges. Be curious and playful as only you can be.
Every day is a new day. We are able to start new whenever we want. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Happy New Year Everyone!