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Countdown for a Healthier, Happier You

   A successful New Year’s resolution for a new mom is one that’s in reach. When you create targets that are simple to adopt and attainable, the transition to a healthier lifestyle becomes more seamless and you’re less inclined to slip up or give up on your goals. To stay on the road to resolution success, stick with the following countdown:

10. Adopt a daily exercise philosophy. No matter if it’s a brisk stroller walk or a few sets of crunches and stretches during baby’s naptime, find some time each day to move your body.
9. Take time for yourself. Moms are consistently trying to take care of everyone else, but this is impossible if you don’t take care of yourself. Whether it’s meditation or a quick read before bed, make sure “me time” is set aside daily.
8. Must eats. Try to eat whole foods (unprocessed and unrefined), and make sure you include fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
7. Don’t eats. Anything processed. Stay away from fried foods and those high in sugar and salt.
6. Must drink. Water! Every system in the body depends on water, but most people don’t even realize when they’re dehydrated. Make sure you’re filling up your water bottle throughout the day and consuming around two or more liters.
5. Seek out a supportive social network. There are actually physical and psychological benefits for women when they socialize – especially with other women. Join an exercise group or a moms’ club, or use the Internet as a resource to reach out to other moms.
4. Fill up on . Virtually all diets recommend a high-fiber intake. Add flax to your cereal or morning smoothie and make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits, veggies and legumes.
3. Take on a self-esteem mantra. Your words influence your world. Find three words to repeat to yourself each day that will help you find wellbeing, such as ‘peace,’ ‘health’ and ‘harmony.’
2. Breathe. You of course breathe every moment of the day, but find a few minutes to breathe with purpose. Breathe in for three counts; hold for three counts; and release for three counts. Your body will benefit from the oxygen and stress will slowly melt away.
1. Advertise to yourself. Most New Year’s resolutions are soon forgotten. Just as advertisers send subliminal messages to remind you to buy their products, you should put up notes throughout your home to remind yourself what you’re trying to accomplish and why.


LISA DRUXMAN, a pre- and post-natal exercise expert and author of Lean Mommy, is the founder of Stroller Strides. Stroller Strides classes are offered in over 800 locations in the U.S. and Canada. The hour-long classes emphasize cardiovascular activities and muscle-strengthening exercises using resistance bands and strollers, allowing moms to interact with their babies throughout their workout.

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