Resolve to live happier

With the new year around the corner, it’s natural that we want to stamp a fitness resolution onto the bill for 2013. I do love the motivation, energy, and enthusiasm that resonates at the gym each January. A clean slate and a time to start fresh is important to many people in achieving major goals. Unfortunately with New Year’s resolutions, as many as 73% of them are broken according to a new study by Harris Interactive posted on bodybuilding.com.So how can we win against this almost inevitable fail?

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Instead of resolutions for the year, make goals set to take place over the next.. lifetime. If we focus on living longer, happier lives, much of the fitness and health goals we set in January will take shape, and last. It may seem no different than a typical New Years resolution, but the difference is in your mindset. Use January to figure out what activities tend to help your mood, energy, and outlook, and try to implement these changes slowly. If you fall off the wagon, get back up and try again.. you’ve got an entire lifetime to get it right. Here are three proven ways to increase your lifespan and live happier:

  1. Take your vitamins! My mom’s been instilling this one since birth, and the proof is in the pudding. Omega 3’s and certain antioxidants have been linked time and again to a longer lifespan. D vitamins and calcium supplements also keep your clock ticking longer. What a simple way to increase your longevity, and feel stronger day-to-day.
  2. Laugh more! A recent study put our by Reader’s Digest legitimized what many have believed for years. Laughter truly is the best medicine, and the most fun! The study explained that certain personality traits, including the tendency for laughter, led to longer healthier lives.
  3. Exercise works! There’s no surprise that exercise helps us live longer. And a regular sweat will boost your mood, your self esteem, and your energy level.

So take a different approach to this year’s resolution. Take your time to find small (manageable) changes, and incorporate them in a slow but steady fashion. Remember, you’re trying to better your life, not just the early part of 2013;)

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