Here we are, three days into the new year. Happy 2016 everyone! Below are a few simple health tips that will enhance your well-being.

  1. Be tame with alcohol: make a habit of drinking 1 night a week (and only up to 2 drinks on that night)
  2. Exercise 5x per week, at least 150 minutes of moderate movement or 75 minutes of intense workouts: this can include walking, running, cycling, really cardio of any kind, strength training, and yoga
  3. Be mindful: treat yourself and all others with kindness, compassion, sympathy and empathy
  4. Eat whole, organic, non-processsed food
  5. Cook your food at home as often as you can: mostly fresh organic plant-based options with some fish and grains
  6. If you eat out, learn how to order so that you can eat as close to as you would at home–mostly plant-based
  7. Get outdoors and enjoy nature as often as you can for exercise and just pure appreciation
  8. Make sure that your posture is in good stead: stand up tall and straight, with your core drawing back, and your shoulders relaxed away from your ears
  9. Spend a solid amount of time with friends and laugh a lot with them
  10. Take advantage of culture and the arts
  11. Meditate: be in the present, try not to ruminate about the past or worry about the future
  12. Don’t let others judge or define you
  13. Set goals and a plan to achieve them; challenge yourself and accept that failure is sometimes a good thing and part of the process of taking risk for better things to come
  14. Get close to others: science shows that hugs and touch make for happier individuals