A Happier and Healthier New Year

The decorations have been put away, the holiday goodies are out of the house and all those holiday celebrations have come to an end. Now what?

If you're like most of us, you've resolved to start off 2017 making healthier choices.

Talk to 5 different people and you'll be sure to get 5 different ways to become healthier. Cut out sugar, eliminate carbs, count macros... the list goes on and on! It can be overwhelming and it may feel easier to just let those old habits slip back in and give up before you've even started.

Sometimes what you really need is just a simple break from old habits to get started off on the right foot. And something as simple as a cleanse may be just what you need. Cleanses come in a variety of forms and can last as little as 3 days or as long as 21 days. The great thing about cleanses is that the variety available, lets you find one that fits best with your lifestyle, as well as health and fitness goals.

One of the simplest ways to give yourself a restart is a juice cleanse. Juicing detoxes utilize high-quality, non pasteurized organic vegetable and fruit juices which in turn flood your cells with nourishing macro-nutrients and oxygen. This gives your digestive system a chance to reboot and flush unwanted toxins. 

Don't have a juicer? No problem! Plenty of juice cleanses can be shipped right to your door. While its best to use local companies to ensure produce freshness, there are numerous national companies that have received excellent reviews for taste, freshness and convenience. Interested in juicing? One local company that we love is Boise Juice Company. Give them a call for more details on how juicing can help or take a look at their website at https://www.boisejuice.com

Already juicing or familiar with juicing but need some new recipes? Check out this link for some new juicing ideas. http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/category/juice/

Another product that we love for detoxing is Team Beachbody's 3 Day Refresh. While its not quite the same as a juice cleanse, this "restart" does fuel your body with vegetable dense nutrition and healthy fats, a meal replacement shake that's rich in protein and a protein supplement that uses potato protein to help keep you feeling fuller longer.

The 3 Day Refresh utilizes easy-to-prepare "clean" meals that are designed to help you lose a few pounds, regain energy and help you get a head start on healthy eating habits without feeling deprived. If you're interested in trying the 3 Day Refresh or have any questions contact Team Beachbody Coach, Melinda Butkus at melindabutkus@gmail.com or www.beachbodycoach.com/MELINDABUTKUS

Cleanses are a great way to break the cycle of bad eating habits and get a jump start on weight loss.

You've done your cleanse, you've eliminated sugar and unhealthy carbs from your meal plans. You're feeling great. Now what? Its time to add in the exercise.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is doing the same workout over and over. If you've been at it a while, you may stop seeing results. What worked at the beginning of your fitness regimen may no longer be as effective as it once was. If exercise is new to you, try an many different formats as you can. Find the one you love and stick with it for at least 6-8 weeks.

Always, always be willing to MIX IT UP! Try a new class, add a home program once a week or go heavier with your weights. One of the most effective ways to continually see results is by starting a new program or workout every 30-60 days. New programs will lead to muscle confusion which will keep those muscles on their toes and keep them from getting bored!

You're nutrition is on track, you've been exercising regularly and are feeling great. However, sometimes muscle soreness or just the effects of repetitive exercises over time can wear us out and deter us from keeping up on our health and fitness goals.

Now's the time to check out some of the amazing services Elevate Wellness has to offer. Red Light Therapy can work to reduce inflammation and soreness, Hot Worx Yoga is a great way to let infrared heat help you stretch, lengthen and tone those sore muscles and sometimes something as simple as a float in one of our Iso-Pods can help you de-stress and relax.