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Balancing Your Health

The most popular new year’s goal this year is weight loss. Together with goals like “more exercise” and “healthier eating,” these health-oriented goals account for 42% of new year’s goals made in the U.S. Whether you are a college student or are working full time, finding time to exercise, eat right and get enough sleep can be a constant challenge.

Before rushing to the latest diet or exercise trend, pause consider a more natural approach that can lead to amazing and sustainable results.

The secret to balance in your health depends on 3 crucial elements: Exercise, Nutrition, and Sleep. If one of these three legs fails, you lose balance.

Exercise

  • Balance cardio and strength training workouts
  • Warm up before and recover after workouts
  • Be active: any exercise is better than none

Everyone has their own rules about how, how long and what you should do for your workouts. Fitness magazine published an exercise article that breaks it down to a few sensible tips for beginners, regulars and fanatics

Nutrition

  • Eat 5 daily servings of fruits/veggies
  • Drink 8 glasses (8 oz. each) of water every day
  • Replace candy/sweets with healthy snacks

In 2009, nutritionist and author Michael Pollan asked readers for their favorite rules about eating. You can view his favorites here.

Sleep

  • Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep each night
  • Turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed
  • Eat no later than 3 hours before bedtime

If you’re looking for more advice on how sleep affects your health, Dr. Mark Hyman, MD recently published a list of 19 tips to help you sleep better, lose weight, and live longer.

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