It’s 2016 and we are more equipped than ever to take control of our lives for the better. There’s a lot of information out there on getting healthy. Where do you start? Here are some tips for getting healthy in 2016:

Ask Yourself Why

We’re smarter than our fad diet ancestors. We know now that in order to effectively lose weight and maintain that healthy physique we must change our entire lifestyle. We know that what we eat affects not only our physical bodies, but our mental states as well. We know that exercise can reduce stress, boost our mood, and give us energy. We know all of these things and we know them well—so well that it might be important to remind ourselves why we want to be healthy in 2016.

A little introspection may do your body some good. In order to break bad habits, you have to form good ones. And in order to form those good habits, you must know exactly what it is that you want to change, and why. Jumping headfirst into a strict diet and an intense workout routine probably won’t hold in the long run. So do some research, download some fitness apps, and get motivated.

Goals Are Good

Once you’ve determined your motive, you’re ready to set up some goals. If you haven’t heard of SMART, it’s time to get acquainted. When setting goals, it is important for those goals to be:

  • Specific – A vague goal is easy to dismiss. A specific goal, like “lose 10lbs by September,” has a sense of urgency that will keep you on track.
  • Measurable – Your goal should be something you can keep track of in a log, like how many minutes of exercise you complete each day.
  • Attainable – A reasonable goal is an attainable goal. Do you have the necessary time to complete your goal?
  • Realistic – An unrealistic goal will set you up for failure or even injury or health issues. Make sure you have the resources and support you need to complete your goal.
  • Timely – Give yourself a deadline, and make sure it’s reasonable.

(Don’t) Partner Up

It is still widely believed that you should never diet alone, but recent studies have shown that it might not be the case. Research conducted by the medical journal Cell revealed that each person reacts differently to the same foods, and this has to do with our gut bacteria. Evidence has suggested that bacteria are actually linked to obesity, glucose, and diabetes because specific microbes determine blood sugar levels after a meal. What this means is that some traditionally healthy foods don’t have a positive impact on everyone who eats them. The best thing you can do is determine what foods are the best for your body, and build a routine from there.

Taking care of your body will help protect you from colds and viruses, but we can’t always escape. In the event you catch a cold, try TexaClear® cold and flu products. Treating symptoms = fast relief!

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