7 New Year Habits to Increase Your Health and Fitness
by Lynn VanDyke

It's a brand New Year...

There has never been a better time to take stock of your life than right now!

This moment is the beginning of the New Year and a new opportunity to change your life.

It is the beginning of your resolution to lose the excess weight, fat and get fit. However, this also could be just another year that we grow fatter and unhealthier. Take control today.

If you're ready to make a positive change in your life, then use the following 7 Healthy Fitness Habits to go against the tide and create a vibrant new year:

# 1 — Eat Regularly.

Eat small meals every 3-4 hours. Skipping meals can lead to unstable blood sugar levels which can cause fatigue or restlessness. Eating throughout the day causes stable moods and a healthier metabolism.

# 2 — Eat Lightly.

Each meal should contain a complex carbohydrate and a lean protein. Keep high fat foods or salty snacks out of the pantry. Once sugar and salt are kept to a minimum, the body begins to heal and crave fresh, healthy foods.

# 3 — Do Not Smoke.

There is not one positive fact on smoking. Cigarettes cause the human body to deteriorate at ridiculous levels. Quitting smoking is the number one way to improve health drastically. Also be aware of second hand smoke. It can be just as harmful.

# 4 — Consume Alcohol in Moderation.

A bottle of beer or glass of wine each day is realistic. However, drinking more than three servings daily is a bit much and puts the body at risk. Moderation is certainly important.

# 5 — Sleep 7-9 Hours Each Night.

Deep, peaceful sleep rejuvenates the body. It relaxes the mind and replenishes the soul. Irregular sleeping patterns can lead to mood swings and poor nutrition. The trick is to receive 7-9 hours of sleep each night as opposed to a few nights out of the week.

# 6 — Exercise Regularly.

Get active and promote health and fitness by participating in a fitness program. Combine cardio, strength training and stretching for a balanced approach. Learning how to strengthen the body will improve mood and sleep patterns.

# 7 — Consult With Professionals.

Tackling each of the above habits can be a nightmare. That is why habit 7 is the most important habit of all. Consulting with a nutritionist or personal trainer can be motivating as well as insightful. The best way to trim the fat and get in shape is to follow the advice of industry professionals.

It's a New Year... And this year does not have to be the same as last year!

The promise of a better life is in reach. Fueling the body with healthy habits, will create a happier and healthier world. Eat regularly and lightly, do not smoke or drink a lot of alcohol, sleep and exercise consistently and ask your personal trainer or nutritionist the best way to stay fit.

A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Melt the Fat & Gain a Life is a viable alternative for those without the income or desire to meet with a trainer or nutritionist. This interactive guide comes complete with over 200 exercise photos, over 160 daily meal by meal menus, over 60 secrets to motivation and tons more. It provides a jump start for weight loss seekers and those looking to get healthy and fit this year.

About the author: Lynn VanDyke is an elite fitness trainer, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutritionist and sports nutritionist dedicated to helping you achieve your fat loss goals.