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6 Choices to Make Your Mental & Physical Goals a Success in 2019

According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week in February. Why? Because dramatic and immediate changes are not sustainable long-term.

So this year, make 2019 not a year of resolutions or diets but one of incremental changes to instill habits that create real long-lasting results. Here are 6 tips:

Do What You Enjoy:

Commit to trying new things or even old things to remind yourself of what you enjoy. This is especially true for keeping active and fulfilling your body’s desire for movement and exercise. This can be taking frequent walks through nature, biking, dancing, hiking, or yoga. Start taking ballroom dancing lessons that you promised yourself you would try years ago. Take a barre method class where you can let your inner ballerina shine. Better yet, put that music on full blast while you are preparing dinner and dance like no one’s watching. It is not about perfection, it is about finding what you love to do and what brings a smile to your face, then it becomes fun and not something you want to do.

Add Things, Don’t Remove Them:

If your goal is to improve your nutrition to lose weight and improve your energy levels, try adding foods into your diet like vegetables. Find fun ways to prepare them to fit your taste buds. Often times if you start with a deprivation statement like, “I am going to stop eating all carbs,” then the only thing you will think about is carbs. When you introduce something new and start noticing the benefits of that change, then you are often inspired to move on to add the next change. Think addition not deprivation!

Stop Eating by 6pm:

If you want to encourage the body to burn fat for energy, stop eating by 6 or 7pm. This allows the body to put most of its energy into rejuvenating and restoring the body for the next day. It also gives the body all time it needs to use up all the sugar storage in the liver so then it can start burning the fat cells for needed energy.

Take 5 Minutes to Stop & Breathe:

If one of your goals is to start being more mindful or to simply start incorporating some relaxation techniques to help you react to stressful events with more ease then perhaps going from not meditating to promising to meditate every day for 45 minutes a day may be a bit overwhelming.

Try this simple strategy, wake up in the morning take a deep breath, record in a journal or on your phone one thing you are grateful for, appreciate or just makes you happy. Read it out loud and then follow with 5 slow breaths and really feel that joy. This way you are starting the habit and getting your body used to what relaxation and being in a state of gratitude feels like. During the day when things get hectic, pull out that book or play that recording and take 5 deep breaths. Fast, easy and often times very effective for decreasing the effects of those stress reactions.

Go to Bed 15 Minutes Earlier:

Work on getting a good night’s rest. A healthy amount of sleep helps you to be more alert, make better decisions, maintain a healthier weight and helps you to look and feel younger. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier each week for a month so you total an hour more of sleep. Remove all electronic devices in the bedroom that gives off artificial light and creating a bedtime routine that signals the body that it is time for bed.

Spend Your Time with Like-Minded People:

Make an effort to spend more quality time reconnecting with family or friends.  Individuals who have social connections suffer less symptoms of depression and may live longer healthier, lives. Also, establishing a support group can help to stay on track with our goals. This may look like once every two weeks to a month spending some time with your girlfriends or skyping or face timing them to catch up.

Making these gradual changes can help you to create habits that will help to feel more energized, feel less stressed, think more clearly and make better choices for you. With each choice comes the opportunity to be the person you have always envisioned.

Eudene Harry MD is the medical director for Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center, a wellness practice devoted to integrative holistic care. She is a veteran physician with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Harry earned her medical degree and performed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Harry is the author of three books designed to empower the individual to get started on their path to optimal health. She has published extensively on the topics of reducing stress, healthy lifestyle choices, and regaining youthfulness. Her most recent book, Be Iconic: Healthy and Sexy at Any Ageis now available on Amazon.

Three Quick Exercises

By Anthony Sovinsky x Vaughn Lowery x Reid Urban

Ever feel like you don’t have time to make it to the gym or just confused on what you need to do to improve your fitness? Well then you’re in luck! Here are 3 exercises that you can do at home or at the office that will improve both your fitness in strength, mobility, and endurance.

1. Squat 

The squat is an excellent exercise to develop lower body strength and improve hip function. Tight hips occur from not using your hips through their full range of motion i.e. sitting in a chair or couch all day. This results in referred pain, most commonly in the lower back and knees. Not only will deep squatting help loosen the muscles surrounding the hips and knees while relieving knee and back pain, but it will also “wake up” the larger muscles of the lower body that have otherwise been ignored from long periods of sitting. This will cause a spike in your energy demands (metabolism) causing you to build muscle, burn more calories, and over time, burn more fat.

Here’s how :

Stand with your feet just outside shoulder-width apart. Squeeze your butt and suck your belly in with arms extended in front of your body. This is your starting position.

Lower your body down, keeping your feet flat and hands out front for balance until your hips have lowered past your knees then stand back up. Congrats! That’s a squat!

Try to aim for 25 repetitions for 4 sets and keep it under 10 minutes.

2. Lunge 

The lunge is another great exercise that addresses single leg and hip strength and stability. Lunging will help make both legs equally strong. When done correctly, it will help correct hip imbalances that result in low back pain and bad posture. This variation is a bit tougher than the squat as one leg is responsible for lifting most of your body weight back to a standing position, making the lunge a key component to your lower body strength routine. Lunging will isolate the glutes, which happen to be the powerhouse of the human body, so you can expect major muscle gain and calorie burn from this exercise.

Here’s how :

Start standing tall with both feet together. Take a large step forward as if you are trying to step over a puddle.

Once you are in a split stance, find your balance and slowly take a knee with the back leg. Focus on keeping the entire front foot in contact with ground the entire time.

Once you have taken a knee, press yourself up with the front leg and allow your back leg to meet the front one so you are back to a standing position.

Now repeat! Try this for 10-20 steps for 4 sets.

3. Wall Stretch 

This exercise is more so to address posture issues that come from long periods of computer work, cell phone usage, and driving. All these forward-reaching activities cause our shoulders to round forward, causing neck pain and adaptively tight chest muscles and weak, overstretched back muscles. The best way to combat this imbalance with no weights is to do a wall stretch and get the arms over the head more frequently.

Here’s how :

Find a wall and lean on it back first. Bring your feet out in front if you and assume a quarter squat so you can get your entire back flush with the wall.

Lift your arms up and attempt to place the back of your wrists on the wall with triceps parallel to the floor.

Reach up towards the ceiling while trying to maintain contact with the wall and your wrist the entire time.

You will notice a deep stretch across the chest and front of shoulders while getting a good “squeeze” between the shoulder blades. Overtime, this exercise will help reset proper balance between the chest, back, and shoulders.

Try this for 4 sets of 15-20 repetitions. You can pair this with the squats or lunges or both!

Go get after it! These can be done anytime and anywhere. These exercises will give you the most bang for your buck. Whether you’re trying to burn calories, relieve pain, or build strength these are absolutely key to live a healthy active life!

Concert Rules To Live By

Photo by Vaughn Lowery

Rules that Concert goers Need to Live By

By Emily John

Music is one of the ways that a person may relieve stress after a long day at work. For some, being able to go see their favorite acts live and in concert is important. The first step to achieving this is finding concert tickets for the acts you want to see. You will have to act quickly to get good seats, which means you will need to take advantage of things like presales. Here are some of the rules that you will need to get familiar with as a concertgoer in order to ensure you have a great time.

1. Review the Band’s Previous Performances
One of the best ways to find out whether or not you want to go see a band live is by reviewing their previous performances. Usually, there will be more than a couple videos on YouTube that you will be able to look over. You will also need to look at their stylist from the previous shows to see if they are playing the songs that you want to hear. By taking the time to do this type of research, you will be able to figure out whether or not it is worth your money to get tickets.
Going on a streaming service like Spotify is a great way to get a look at a band’s complete catalog. Taking the time to listen to all of this music will be worth it. If you are well-versed in a particular band’s music, you will be able to derive much more enjoyment from the concert.

2. Mingling is Great
The next thing that you will need to do in order to have a great concert experience is to get to know your fellow music lovers at the show. In most cases, you will be able to find fan groups on the internet that will allow you to hook up with different people at the show. This is a great way for you to make new friends that are interested in some of the same stuff that you are. Taking the time to get to know some of these people will be worth it when you are able to enjoy the show even more.
Usually, you will be able to find a variety of Facebook groups that are dedicated to the fans of a particular act. Getting in one of these groups is a great way to figure out who will be at the concert and whether or not they are meeting up with other fans before the show. Meeting some new people will make the concert going experience much more enjoyable.

3. Be in the Moment
Among the biggest mistakes that a concert goer will make is trying to film the whole show or take pictures all throughout. The last thing that you want to do is to take away from this experience by trying to play videographer. You need to just enjoy the music and the band that you have come to see. By doing this, you will be able to have a much better experience and will make memories along the way that will last a lifetime.

4. Don’t Forget About Merch
One of the most enjoyable parts of going to a music concert is being able to get the merchandise the band has for sale. Typical this merchandise will not be available anywhere else. Rather than being unable to buy anything due to a lack of preparation, you should make a budget beforehand. Getting an idea of how much you can spend before the concert can help you avoid stress. If you are lucky, you may be able to get a member of the band you are seeing to sign the merchandise you have purchased.
Taking the time to plot out your concert experience will alleviate some of the stress that you may feel in this type of situation.