Tips for Working Towards a Healthier You in 2012

By Maria Bournas

Seeing as the holiday season came and went (read: flew by in the blink of an eye!), we should be well into working towards our new year’s resolutions!  When I was a single grad student living on my own in Boston with no one to take care of but me, myself and I, I used to believe that everybody should make the time to get a solid hour workout in 5-7 days a week.  But now that I’m a full-time employee, wife and mom with a mortgage, car insurance and bills of my own to pay…I’ve modified my tune! I understand and empathize with clients who used to say “no, I really don’t have an hour to work out plus time to get ready before and after”.   Heck, sometimes I don’t have time to dry my hair in the morning before dropping off my son on the way to work, let alone get to the gym!  It’s easy, especially as a woman, to let everything and everybody else come first; to use any free minute for cleaning, cooking, folding laundry, playing on facebook or anything but doing something for you.

Now, although I understand “busy” and “stressed”, I do still believe in the benefits, both physical and emotional, of getting in some solid activity throughout the day.  And I do also have about 10 lbs. of baby weight that I would like to come off before #2 comes along.  So, here are some tips for working towards a healthier you in 2012 and some things we can all encourage each other to stick with:

1. Move whenever and however you can.

  •  If you have a desk job, try and get up every hour or so and stretch and take a walk around the office.  
  • At the mall, park further from the store that you need.
  • Use the stairs instead of an elevator whenever you can.

2. Don’t stress the small stuff

  • We can sometimes get so wrapped up in the details of our daily tasks that we become so stressed out over trivial details.  Does it matter if there are some dirty dishes on your counter? No. No one cares but you!
  • Stress can have a negative effect on weight loss, cardiovascular health and mental health.  It is uncontrollable in many situations, so let’s try to put the kibosh on it when we can.

3. Do sweat the small stuff

  • I know I said that I can’t commit to getting to the gym for an hour every day and I can’t, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t get any cardio in at all. My new favorite discovery (and yes I am aware I am a little behind on this discovery-but it’s the first time I’ve had Comcast) is exercise TV!  It is free with Comcast on Demand and they have a million different workouts that you can stream directly to your living room.  Workout in my pj’s? Yes please! My personal favorites for time strapped individuals are the 10 minute workouts.  But they have everything from hour long strength training to 30 minute belly dancing workouts.  If you haven’t already, it’s definitely worth checking out.

4. Have fun!

  • Make 2012 the year to have fun, laugh more, stress less and be thankful for your health!

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