What’s one of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions? Lose Weight. Second most popular? Get in shape.

Two things that don’t sound so difficult to do and yet year after year they give us so much trouble, don’t they?

How about this? Instead of worrying about losing weight, how let’s talk about making small, yet significant changes. Let’s just start with five things. Five things aren’t so hard to incorporate:

1. Eat an apple every day. It can be a tart, green apple, or a juicy red one, it doesn’t matter, just eat one each day for a snack or with a meal. Apples contain fiber, lots of micronutrients and Vitamin C. And they are also good for your teeth. If you are a snacker, replace that cookie or donut with a sweet juicy apple.

2. Eat some fish and a little less beef. Salmon, preferably wild salmon. It’s very high in Omega 3, low in fat and also full of micronutrients that help our brains and eyes work better.

3. Make a pot of soup once a week. Just take some low sodium, low fat vegetable broth, mix it with some low sodium chicken broth, carrots, potatoes a little bit of chicken and throw in a bit of spinach and kale. Let it simmer all day. Your house will smell wonderful, and your body will thank you. Eat it with some whole grain bread drizzled with a little olive oil and you will have a tasty meal that is so good you will forget how good it is for you.

4. Take a walk. Don’t try to run a marathon, don’t run off a join a gym, and just go for a walk. If you have a smart phone, download a free app that tracks how far and at what speed you walk. Turn on some music that you love, listen to the music and walk as far as is comfortable. Then the next time, walk a little further.

5. Get involved in your church or your community. Don’t go crazy, but a couple of times a month, do something that helps someone else and makes you feel good. Heck, clean out your closet. You know all those clothes you are going to get back into someday? Give them to someone who needs and can wear them now. Then you can free up space to take a nice walk through the mall. Shopping is fun and good exercise.

Happy New Year…

Valentina Boonstra

About Brevard Massage

I have been a personal trainer and massage therapist for many years now. My specialty is getting people moving again. I have learned through the years that preventing injuries is as important as relieving pain after an injury. To that end, I have also learned Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Pilates.