Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Guest Blog - Feel Refreshed For the New Year

My guest blogger last week was wonderful. So here's another article from her to you. Thank again Liz! Please leave any questions or comments for her below!

Ways to Feel Refreshed for the New Year

The New Year is symbolic of a fresh start. It's the perfect time for individuals to invite positive change into their lives. By rejuvenating oneself it makes it easier to let go of the past year and welcome new and exciting possibilities. Here are several ways to feel refreshed for the New Year.

  • Just Say Om
Yoga links the breath with movement to cultivate mindfulness and the ability to live in the present moment. These qualities are helpful when striving for a truly fulfilling, satisfying year. Fitness buffs will thrive in a more intense style, such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga, or Bikram. Students tone up, increase flexibility, get a cardiovascular workout, and leave class feeling calm and ready to take on challenges. Different postures, as well as the heat in Bikram yoga, detoxify the body leaving one feeling renewed. Those who prefer a slower pace will benefit from Hatha or Gentle yoga.

  • Smile!
The smile is one of the first things people notice. Yellow, stained teeth can be disheartening. Teeth whitening is truly refreshing and restores the beauty and sparkle to the smile. White teeth provide a boost in self-esteem which can have a positive impact on other areas of the life. While professional in-office whitening treatments have the most dramatic effects, home whitening kits have made huge strides. Strips, gels, and trays create long lasting, substantial results. MD, VA and DC dentist offices offer a variety of teeth whitening services so it is important to find the right one for the individual. Having white teeth is a quick and easy way to feel more confident and look several years younger.

  • Pack your Plate with Vegetables
While this tip may seem obvious, most people do not eat the recommended amount of vegetables. Vegetables provide essential nutrients without adding excess calories to the diet. Vitamins and minerals are better absorbed by the body when acquired through food. This leaves individuals feeling invigorated and gives them more energy as well as a vast array of health benefits. Somewhere between 2 1/2 and 3 cups of vegetables per day is ideal. Try adding dark leafy greens and multi-colored vegetables to achieve superior health.

  • Get to Bed
Make a conscious effort to get at least seven hours of sleep per night. A lack of sleep is linked to weight gain, increased stress, a decline in cognitive functions, a decrease in immunity and more. Sleep is the best way to recharge, allowing for better focus and concentration, more energy, and a faster metabolism. As a bonus, mental, emotional, and physical health will greatly improve.

Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in beauty and fashion. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives by spreading positive messages. Liz also likes shopping, hanging out with friends, reading and playing with her dog, April.

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