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Take care of your body.
It’s the only place you have to live.

Jim Rohn

 

The old saying goes “If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything”.  It’s a very powerful message – take care of your health. 

9 Resolutions to
Improve Your Physical Health

1. Eat right. Adopt a healthy diet, one you can sustain, rather than jumping on the latest crash diet fads. Don’t take HUGE steps at once – like removing all sugar and carbs from your diet overnight. If that’s your goal, working toward it with smaller goals will make it easier.

 

  • Eat a variety of foods with plenty of complex carbohydrates, fresh vegetables and fruits. Add in some lean proteins and healthy fats to complete your meals.

     

2. Plate size – and yes color – matters. When you eat slowly, it actually allows you to eat less! When you eat fast, you don’t give yourself time to “feel” the amount of food you are consuming before you add more – leading to overeating. Another cool trick I learned when I created my weight loss course is to use smaller and colored plates.

3. Exercise daily. This could be as easy as taking the stairs or walking instead of driving. You should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise every day. Round that out with training for strength and flexibility.

  • Mix it up, alternate between several activities that you enjoy, like brisk walks and biking.
  • Have some exercise gear at home, like an exercise ball, stationary bike or treadmill that you can use when there is bad weather, or you have a tight schedule.

If you don’t do
what’s best for your body,
you’re the one who
comes up on the short end.

Julius Erving

4. Improve your sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re tired, clumsy, prone to catch the cold and flu, and even more vulnerable to weight gain. Because we are all different, there is no “magic” number of hours you need to sleep. A good estimate is 8 hours per night, though I know people who do well on 5 solid hours, and others who need 9 or 10. Let your body dictate what you need

 

  • Do you need a new mattress? Just last week I bought a new mattress. I knew it was long “overdue” but I just didn’t want to hassle with buying a new one. After the first night on it I noticed a huge difference. I had no idea that I had a backache for the LAST FEW YEARS!  Now, a week and a half later I am noticing that, while I’m not sleeping LONGER, I am actually getting more rest every night.  Bonus: I have more mental clarity than I’ve had in a very long time. Overall, I feel better than I have in a very long time.   

5. Supplement. Almost half of all women over 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture. Men can be at risk too. As we age, we are more prone to gum issues too. I started using Vitamin K2 and notice a big difference in my gums. (Note: Be very careful about supplementing with Vitamin K – there are specific instances where it’s dangerous) ALWAYS consult your physician and do your due diligence before adding supplements.

6. Stand (and sit) up straight. Strong abdominal muscles will protect your back from injury and help you look younger. Get used to pressing your navel towards your lower back and keeping your shoulders relaxed. Breathe from your abdomen rather than your chest. 

 

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

Mark Twain

 

 

7. If you smoke – Quit. You probably already know all the dangers of smoking, including lung cancer and premature aging. 

    • Many people make several attempts before quitting for good so be open to various cessation methods. Your doctor may be able to help you find the right plan for you.

       

8. Drink alcohol in moderation – or give it up entirely. Also avoid alcohol before bed, While alcohol seems to be a sleep aid, it actually causes sleep issues.  

8. Drink alcohol in moderation – or give it up entirely. Also avoid alcohol before bed, While alcohol seems to be a sleep aid, it actually causes sleep issues.  

9. Get regular checkups. Early detection and treatment will keep small health issues from getting worse.

Be committed to good health.  Make every choice from the perspective of how it will impact your physical and mental health. 

Resolutions aren’t just for New Year’s Day. Coose one, master it, then choose another and another. If you choose 6 throughout the year imagine how your life will be next year at this time. 

I truly love sharing what I learn with you. Watching someone have an "a-ha" moment is one of the best things in life for me.

 Because I am  a consummate "student" - when I find something new and interesting, I really dig deep.    I study hard and then I use what I've learned to help others.  (Yeah, I have gathered together quite a toolbox!)

I truly do believe in the power of "Jump Starts" and the ability everyone has to "get un-stuck." If I can do it, anyone can!

You can connect with me by email at startnewyearright (at) gmail.com and visit my personal website is: www.mariannestrait.com

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I believe that every human is unique and valuable,

even if they aren't able to recognize it themselves.

and

I believe each and every one has the power to create a great life

once they recognize -and accept- their value.

Even as a child I've been able to help people change the way they see themselves - helping them move from a "victim" to an "owner" mindset. I help them to gain self-confidence and recognize their strengths. I've discovered that it's only when you do that, can you "get un-stuck" and "Jump Start" your life.

What drives me is helping others to succeed, to be a support system while they are taking steps toward their dream, and to watch them celebrate their victories.

 

The Biggest Lesson I've learned is the power of your mind.  It truly does create and destroy.

It was quite a shock when I realized the power that my mindset played in every part of my life - good and bad.  Discovery wasn't enough though, it still took me decades to harness this power, learn to control it, and develop a system to help others master this in a fraction of the time it took me.

Taking responsibility - even for how others treated me - was one of the hardest adjustments I had to make. To move from Victim to Owner mindset was not only difficult, it was, at times, scary.

It is a move that I am thrilled to have taken. It changed my life and it can change yours.

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