1.MOVE MORE

Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators. Walk your dog; chase your kids; toss balls with friends, mow the lawn. Anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool, it’s a stress buster. Think ‘move’ in small increments of time. Thought for the day: “Get off the couch and get to the gym 5 times this week”

2. CUT OUT SUGARS AND STARCHES

Avoid the obvious such as fried foods, fast foods, candy, ice cream and pizza. Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar and flour, are easily converted into glucose – too easily. Consuming them sends a rush of glucose into your blood stream, creating a “sugar high.” Then the glucose leaves your body as quickly as it entered. You crash and just as fatigued and hungry as you were before you ate.

3. REDUCE STRESS

Easier said than done, stress busters come in many forms. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e., working out at Ignite Fitness): Soak in a hot tub; read a good book; visit a friend; play with your dog; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie. There’s a definitive connection between living well and healthfully and having a cheerful outlook on life. You can’t be unhappy when you’re smiling, come by the gym and catch a smile!