It’s Your Body

By Amanda Henry
In Culture, Interviews

A balanced life starts with healthy choices.

 

FITNESS HAS LONG TOPPED the list of most popular New Year’s resolutions, but before you commit to a crash diet and vow to hit the gym seven days a week (we all know how long that will last), think about making a resolution that considers more than just the physical. Today’s definition of healthy means much more than counting calories—it’s about living the type of balanced, happy, carefree lifestyle that can only be achieved through the mind-body connection. Start small with these easy, yet effective tips and build on these habits to work toward a happier, healthier you.

START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT
Let’s be real: that complete breakfast our mothers taught us to eat is still just as important now as it was when we were kids. Topping a wholesome breakfast off with a juice that’s rich in vitamins and minerals can help you meet your daily nutrition requirements without sacrificing time and taste. Trop50’s juices are packed with vitamins and minerals—with 50 percent fewer calories than other juice options. All of the flavors contain 100 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C, and special blends like Red Orange provide valuable daily doses of potassium, too. Drinking juices that are low in sugar and high in vitamins ensures you start your day off right, especially when you’re on the go.

TAKE A BREATH
Yoga is a great alternative to traditional gym workouts. Not only does yoga increase strength, but it also improves flexibility and posture. If you don’t have time to hit the yoga studio each week, attend a beginner’s class to learn how to safely practice each pose, then complete your routine at home each morning. With its leisurely pace, breathing techniques and serene poses, yoga provides a much-needed moment of Zen that’s crucial to the mind-body connection.

DO SOMETHING FOR YOU
Take time for yourself each day. A balanced life isn’t just about a healthy body—a healthy mind is equally important. Find time each day to do something you enjoy, whether it’s reading a book by the fire, eating lunch out with the girls or relaxing with a bubble bath at the end of the day. The key to staying balanced is to put your mind at ease—and antioxidants can help. Try a few pieces of dark chocolate (a great source of antioxidants) for a bit of an indulgence, or blueberries for a lighter choice. Shot on location at Crepes Etc., 48 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.2200.

 

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