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5 Small Hacks to Improve Your Health in 2013 and Beyond

5 Small Hacks to Improve Your Health in 2013 and Beyond

Getting fit, eating right and living a healthy lifestyle are always some of the top resolutions every New Year. We all know in our guts that we should be living healthier happier lives and every year many of us find ourselves with the same predicament: we start off strong and then by February we’ve given up. Four weeks go by and we’ve come up with every excuse in the book to avoid getting off our bums and eating right—life gets in the way, work is taking too much of our time, we have to take care of our families, our friends think we’re nuts, etc. etc.

One solution that I have found incredibly helpful is to make small changes that really add up over time. We can allow incredible shifts to occur if we commit to taking small simple actions toward a bigger goal.

Below you’ll find easy and simple ways to improve your health through 2013 and beyond.

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Meditate

Beginning a meditation practice is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress and help with a multitude of emotional, mental and physical road blocks. The best part? It’s completely free! All you need is a few minutes and your breath. If you’re not sure where to start ,check out some Meditation Motivation tools to help you begin, and to keep your own meditation practice going through 2013.

Green Juices & Smoothies for Breakfast

Making green juices or smoothies for breakfast is probably the easiest way to ensure that you’re getting enough greens in your diet. The advantages of greens are endless, including changing the body from acidic to alkaline, helping with bowel issues, clearing up skin, and refreshing cells in the body.

For recipes, information on juicers, and more, check out Kris Carr, Healthy Cooking Camp, or any of Victoria Boutenko’s books.

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Use YouTube for Your Workouts

Not having time to work out is one of the biggest excuses people use to not get off their bums. Here’s some news for you: if you’ve got 10 minutes free, you have enough time to work out. The best part? There’s no fancy expensive gym membership required! YouTube makes it extraordinarily easy to make sure you get in a good workout, even if you only have a few minutes. Simply do a search for your favorite fitness guru, or try one of several YouTube fitness celebrities. With time you’ll be able to make your own No Excuses Workout playlist.

If you’re not sure which workouts to aim for check out this fitness hack guide.

Forgive

I’m a big believer in the advantages of making forgiveness a daily practice. If we hold on to stuff that makes us angry, we only fuel negative thoughts, which in turn leads to emotional and even physical problems. Sometimes, forgiveness is easier said than done. Fortunately there are plenty of people out there who have tried to make it practical for daily life—my favorite being author and speaker Gabrielle Bernstein.

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Drive Less

Instead of driving everywhere, try walking, biking, or taking public transit. This is one of my favorite fitness hacks because it forces you to get off your behind and move. If you live two blocks from the pharmacy or the grocery store, try walking there. If you can make it happen, take the bus, subway or train to work, and if you can walk or bike to the gym, even better!

Health isn’t just about the physical body—it involves your mind and soul as well. By taking small actions to keep your overall health, in check you’ll soon find yourself taking on bigger initiatives to make your healthy lifestyle really stick.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013 and beyond!

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8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

Less is more.

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Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

1. Create Room for What’s Important

When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

2. More Freedom

The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

5. More Peace of Mind

When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

6. More Happiness

When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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7. Less Fear of Failure

When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

8. More Confidence

The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

What’s Next? Go Minimalism.

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