New Year’s resolutions. Are you making one this year? If you’re like most Americans, you’ll resolve to take better care of yourself. And if you’re even more like most Americans, you’re not sure where to start. Consider starting on the first of January, with a commitment, a Commitment Run, that is.
The Commitment Day 5K is a nationwide, family-friendly run/walk. The purpose is for people to help start a national conversation about living a healthier life. The races take place all over the country and have partnered with the American Heart Association to support their “My Heart, My Life” healthy living initiative. By joining in this run or walk on January 1st, you are helping the American Heart Association (AMA) reach their goal of improving cardiovascular health of all Americans. (No time to register and train? Commit to doing a 5K in early 2014 then use our guide to help you select the right one.)
There are just a few hours remaining in 2013. That means you only have a little while longer to decide on your New Year’s Resolutions. So what’s it going to be this year? If you’re still stumped, take a look at some celebrity resolutions for inspiration. We think Khloé Kardashian and Demi Lovato have two of the best resolutions we’ve seen so far.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan UK, Khloé says that she’s ready for this year to be over and new one to begin. “You only live once so let’s make that one time perfect. We can’t fix our mistakes and imperfections, so let’s have fun. You get what you give out in life.”
New Year’s Eve. A night of champagne toasts, smooching loved ones, staying up way too late, and boogying the night away. At the start of the year this is feels like a fitting celebration. But it’s important to remember that calories still count on special occasions, no matter how much you’d like to think otherwise. One night of overdoing it can set you back several steps when it comes to meeting your resolutions. As in, if you wake up on January 1 feeling tired, hung-over, and a few pounds heavier than on December 31st, chances are slim you’ll reach for a healthy, well-balanced breakfast first thing of the morning. So, have fun, but plan ahead.
Try to drink at least a glass of water between each cocktail—this will slow your rate of drinking, hydrate your body, and may even help you drink less overall. And be choosy about what you put into your body. Remember, sugary-tasting drinksare usually pretty high in calories. Choosing to mix liquor with soda instead of tonic water can save you hundreds of calories by the end of the night. Finally, to negate all of those extra calories you do consume, start dancing. Dancing is a great way to kickstart the metabolism, plus it’s fun to do!
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Welcome to the weekend! Saturdays and Sundays may mean relaxed diet and fitness rules during much of the year, but the timing of this specific weekend—right between Christmas and New Year’s Eve—may inspire you to get in a few final acts of health in 2013. If you’re feeling like you could use a health reboot right now, here are 10 ways to have a healthy weekend.
1. Limit your coffee intake. Inherently, coffee is full of all sorts of health-promoting properties. The beverage has been linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even some cancers. However, regularly loading up on caffeinated coffee can make you moody and dependent on its energy boosting effects; what started as one cup can quickly turn into three or four if you don’t keep your habit in check. So, if you need extra pep have a single cup, then switch to decaf, which has many of the same health-protecting properties but isn’t addictive.
You’ve got one week left to meet your 2013 New Year’s resolutions! No problem if you fell off the wagon sometime back in, oh, February. There’s no reason you can’t get fit(ter) by NYE! We searched far and wide for our favorite 10-minute toning routines and came back with these stellar seven. Do one each day between now and New Year’s and you’ll start 2014 stronger and slimmer than before!
10-minute Butt Lift with Rebecca Louise: The first 8-minutes of this lower-body routine are prop-free. The last two require an exercise ball and a resistance band. (Don’t have ’em? Repeat your two favorite moves for a full 10-minute workout.)
10-minute barre3 workout with Sadie Lincoln: Get graceful while you get fit with this full body workout. All you need is a sturdy surface to hold onto, such as a kitchen counter.