12 Easy Ways to Get Happy & Healthy

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Your Healthiest + Happiest year ever!

8 ways to kick off your HEALTHIEST YEAR EVER

These mini resolutions are quick and simple as they are good for you. And unlikely the pie-in-the-sky plan we’re all done with by February, you’ll stick with these, no prob!

THIS YEAR, I’LL;

BE PREPARED: Fill an empty prescription bottle with a couple of bandages an antiseptic wipe, travel-size tweezers and a package of pain-relief pills. Pop it into your purse, and you’ll be ready to go for any little emergency that may arise.

THIS YEAR, I’LL;

SMILE MORE: Research shows that the neurological feedback send to the brain from uplifted facial muscles can ease anxiety-even if you have to fake the smile. This works better yet if you combine the smile with a positive, cheerful thought ( babies! puppies! Cats! New shoes!).

THIS YEAR, I’LL;

DE-STRESS MY BODY: After hunching over your computer, open up your chest: Stand with heels, tailbone, shoulders and head touching a wall. Reach arms out to the sides, then band them at elbows to make the shape of goalposts. (The backs of your hands should touch the wall.) Hold for one minute; repeat as needed.

THIS YEAR, I’LL;

BRUSH BETTER: Tell Alexa to play a two minute song, then brush for the duration. Why? More than 30% of us don’t clean our teeth long enough. The likely consequences: plaque that can harden and lead to gum disease.

THIS YEAR, I’LL;

GIVE MYSELF FREEBIE MASSAGES: Press a small rubber ball or a tennis ball into any muscle knot to relieve tension. If it’s your back thats tight, scooch the ball between: you and a wall, then dig in and hold.

THIS YEAR, I’LL;

STEP IT UP: People who walk quickly may live longer, so focus on a spot ahead of you ( say, a tree or a stop sign)-research shows that this helps increase your pace while also making distance seem shorter.

THIS YEAR, I’LL;

DITCH DISTRACTION: All the buzzing and pinging from your phone can add to stress and anxiety. Simple fix: Turn off news and social media alerts-you can look at them intentionally later. This way you’ll be more calm and present for what’s happening around you.

THIS YEAR, I’LL;

BOOST MY BALANCE: While you’re blowing your hair, do knee lifts to improve your stability and tone your abs. Stand on your left leg and raise your right knee, turning it out to the side. Pulse the knee up and down 10 times, then switch legs.

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