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3 Easy Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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If you’re like most people, the New Year typically brings a sense of excitement and the motivation to make positive changes in your life. Health-related goals tend to top the list of resolutions, and given it’s the start of 2017, now is the perfect time to start making changes that can help you feel healthier and energized. But none of this has to involve complicated diet plans or expensive exercise programs that are impossible for a busy person to manage. Let’s take a look at some common health goals people make for the new year and then find ways to make them easier and more realistic to achieve:

Common resolution #1: I want to eat healthier.  

Feeling overwhelmed by trying to follow a “perfect” diet? Nutrition plays a very important role in contributing to a healthy lifestyle, but in our fast-paced, constantly on-the-go lives, it can be challenging to eat well all the time. In fact, 60 per cent of Canadians are not getting all of the essential nutrients they need from their diet alone. 1

If you want to eat better this year, think about the bigger picture. It’s not necessarily about going gluten-free, dairy-free, detoxing, or following whatever the latest food trend is. Instead, focus on balance, and load your plate up with vegetables and plant-based foods like lentils, beans, nuts and seeds. And because, even with the best of efforts we all have days when our diets are less than perfect, taking a daily multivitamin like Jamieson Essentials 100% Complete Multivitamin for Adults will give you comfort knowing that you’re still getting all the nutrients your body needs for optimal health on the days your diet falls short.

Common resolution #2: This year, I’m going to get in better shape.

At some point, who hasn’t started a new year pledging to get in shape, and drop a few pounds? Oftentimes this translates into setting goals that can be difficult to achieve, such as daily trips to the gym, or signing up for more exercise classes than you can realistically attend. So before you set yourself up to fail, consider a few lifestyle adjustments you can make that can help you get in better physical shape, without biting off more than you can chew.

Staying active is of course one of the best, simplest ways to start getting into better shape.  However, in order to stay in shape once you get there, you must start with a strong foundation, including strong, healthy bones. You are probably well aware that a diet rich in calcium can help you build and maintain strong bones. Pay close attention to your diet, and make sure you are getting the recommended amount, daily. (Click here for more information on daily calcium intake). However, there are many factors that can limit your body’s ability to absorb calcium, which is where a vitamin D supplement can come in handy. Also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D can help boost the absorption of

Calcium, making it a key factor in maintaining bone health. If you’re not getting enough from your diet alone, supplementing daily with Jamieson Essentials Vitamin D can help you get your recommended daily allowance of vitamin D to keep your bones strong.

Another important component to staying in shape is a strong, healthy heart.  Cardio is a great way to improve your overall cardiovascular health, but there are some important changes you can make in the kitchen, too. Adding omega-3s to your diet can help lower triglyceride levels (a type of fat in the blood), regulate the heartbeat, reduce blood pressure and combat inflammation. If you’re not getting enough from your diet, try replacing red meat with salmon, mackerel or tuna twice a week. If you don’t like fish, or find you just can’t eat it at least twice per week, Jamieson Essentials Extra Strength Omega-3 can deliver an extra boost of omega-3 fatty acids to support heart health, all without any fishy aftertaste or burp back. 

Common resolution #3: I want to spend more time socializing with family and friends this year.

It’s pretty easy to agree that spending time with family and friends is an important part of a healthy, active life, and a great resolution to make. However, oftentimes life can get in the way. In fact, a recent survey found that 1 in 5 Canadians said they had to decline, cancel or reschedule a planned activity because of digestive issues2.    The good news is, that digestive issues can often be corrected, by taking a look at your diet, and with supplements that can help restore normal digestive balance. So, before you look at having to cancel, take a look at some of these suggestions for correcting your digestive imbalance or consider taking a probiotic.  Jamieson Essentials Probiotic 10 Billion can help restore those beneficial friendly bacteria in the intestines for optimal digestive health – so you can get out and have more fun with friends and loved ones.  

New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t be impossible to achieve. Making a few simple lifestyle changes that are sustainable can have an enormously positive impact on your health. Focus on doing things better without worrying about doing them perfectly – and you’ll be well on your way to a much healthier and happier 2017!

 

References
[1] Health Canada, Do Canadian Adults Meet Their Nutrient Requirements Through Food Intake Alone? 2012: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/surveill/nutrition/commun/art-nutr-adult-eng.php
[2] Vision Critical, 2015. Digestive Health Survey on behalf of Jamieson Vitamins.

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