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Ring In Health For The New Year

Now is the time to get yourself on track for total health Article and Photos By Mandy Braviroff

Ringing in the new year for a lot of people is a way for them to start over or to even just start. Perhaps it's a resolution to work harder, work less or to take more vacations. I’m all for that, but for a lot of people, it’s getting fit and healthy. With 2020 being the year of clear vision, now is the time to get yourself on track for total health! So, I’ve shared some ways to help you and all of us feel a little better for the year ahead.

The first way to total health is to change your diet. Dieting doesn’t have to be painful, even though the word has ‘die’ in it. It’s all about sticking to your goals and changing your habits. It can be a challenge to skip that extra helping when you can’t help it, but it can be done.


Speaking to your physician or a dietitian can help immensely as well. A healthy diet is the No. 1 way to feel better all around, and finding the one that works for you is easy, as there are many to choose from. Some current popular diets range from Keto to Atkins and even the classic Weight Watchers. You don’t have to join a program to eat right, but sometimes they do help, especially if this is the area you struggle in. All it takes is changing out those bad habits and replacing them with better ones. Some simple ways to start on your own are by cutting fast foods and sugar and to start eating more fruits, vegetables and drinking the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

The second way to find yourself in total health is to get moving. Get up and walk the block, take the stairs instead; whatever it takes, just move your body. A good way to help you get moving is to join a local gym like the Y. With two different locations in Spokane to choose from, it's an affordable family friendly place to help get you and your entire family healthy. If you’re slower paced and like smaller groups, you can join a local yoga studio, like the Spokane Yoga Shala, where you can try many classes like reiki, hot yoga and even mediation.


Are you more of an outdoors person even with winter here? Spokane has some of the best trails in the Northwest. When the snow is clear on the paths you can head to North Spokane to the many trailheads, or you can head downtown and jog, walk, bike or board over by Gonzaga and head across the Centennial Trail down into the bustling Kendall Yards area. There are plenty of places here in our beautiful city to jog and enjoy, so find one close by you.

When sticking to a healthy lifestyle, there are many local places to eat that support your goals as well. You can find many delicious keto foods and baking items at Cole’s Bakery, where they have a full menu to choose from including cookies, burgers and biscuits. If you're looking for a way to cleanse with your new start, Method Cafe has two locations to choose from where you can do a variety of juice cleanses, plus they serve organic smoothies, acai bowls and salads. Making smart choices to reach that goal is easy. Just take your time. Start slow if you feel you're going to quit—and keep it consistent. It only takes a few weeks for this new lifestyle to become a habit, which in turn becomes a healthier you. This isn't about being skinny, this is about total health, so be good to yourself during the process. And good luck on whatever goals you set for yourself in 2020. Just remember, you've got this!

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