• Melissa Connolly

5 Healthy Habits for the New Year

Healthy, Happy New Year!

As the sun rises on January 1, 2020 we are often full of good intentions! Out with the holiday treats and wine and in with the smoothies and herbal tea. Many of us take time to reflect on the past year and create goals and “resolutions” for the new year.

Whatever your ”resolution” is for this year HEALTH is one thing that when it improves we often improve in many other aspects of our life.

Here are just 5 healthy habits to level up our health in the new year:

1) Drink enough water.

· Bring a bottle in the car with you and when you arrive at your destination finish it.

· Keep water at your nightstand and when you wake up in the morning finish it.

· Drink one cup of water before each meal.

2) Take mini movement breaks.

· Get up from your chair and just walk around.

· Do 10 squats and 10 push ups. It literally takes about 1-2 minutes.

· Stretch without even getting on the ground. You can stay seated or stand up and stretch your neck in all directions, roll your shoulders around, twist from your torso, round and arch your spine.

3) Create a fun playlist.

· Follow my Barre, Pilates, Stretching, Yoga playlists on Spotify under Melissa Connolly for inspiration.

· Turn up the beats and DANCE! Just move around your house in a way that feels good.

· Turn up the beats while you speed clean your home.

4) Become more mindful.

· Pause periodically to take deep mindful breaths. As you inhale fully feel your breath fill up your belly, your ribcage and your lungs and as you exhale release all of the air and lightly contract your deep core muscles. Keep your neck relaxed and focus on just your center expanding and contracting with each slow full breath.

· Notice your posture. Are you slouching? Imagine a string attached to the top of you head pulling you gently up toward the ceiling, lengthen up through your spine. Roll your shoulders back and pull your belly in.

· Be aware of your form during exercise. It is more about quality and precision of movement rather than quantity of reps. Less exercises performed correctly and more beneficial than higher reps of sloppy form.

5) Keep your workout gear in the car.

Sneakers, leggings and a workout top should always be in your trunk because you never know when you’ll decide to stop in for an unexpected class at Move ME after work or decide to take a walk or jog.

Small daily habits help us change in small ways that have the potential to lead us to our bigger goals. Here is to a healthier, more vibrant 2020!

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