A Healthy 2017

Tips To Stick With Those Health Resolutions

Betsy Brothers and Janet Nash, co-owners of Gracetree Yoga & Growth Studio in West Chester, offer simple suggestions to spark healthful changes for your new year. Keeping health resolutions can be challenging, but these ladies share their best tips to help you stay on track in 2017.

1. Find Your Squad

You know what they say: there’s power in numbers. Your health is no exception. Form a supportive, healthy community to encourage you, push you, and to help you stay active and motivated. Find a gym buddy, attend a group cooking class or schedule a yoga party. Sharing your health goals with those around you can help you stay on track for the new year.

2. Mix It Up

It’s easy to get bored. Mix it up! Change your routine to keep things interesting and stimulating. This might be as simple as practicing with a different teacher or coach. Try a new recipe or commit to attend a new workshop each month—then do it! Gracetree offers many workshops that promote personal growth.

3. Eat Well

Whether you already follow a healthy diet or not, plan a cleanse for the new year. Cleanses don’t necessarily have to consist of green juice (although that’s a healthy option!), but could be as simple as bringing more whole fruits and vegetables into your diet. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water every day.

4. Feel Good

Motivation comes in many forms. For some, a new pair of running shoes or shorts can do the trick. If buying new workout gear motivates you, do it. You don’t have to spend a million bucks on workout attire, but a new shirt or yoga mat can make you feel great. If new clothes renew your practice, remember to donate your “old” clothes to a good cause.

5. Breathe

It’s simple, but breathing influences how stress affects our bodies. If you don’t already, try breathing techniques and meditation. Pranayama (mindful breathing) for Health is a Gracetree class offered Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Zen Meditation is offered Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. You don’t have to be experienced to attend one of these classes.

6. Schedule It

If you are creating a new routine, make it as simple as possible for yourself. Pick a schedule or activity you can stick with that is not frequently interrupted by ‘life.’ Let others know you are not available at that time and give yourself permission to stick to that schedule.