Small Ways to Increase Your Health & Happiness This Year

The start of a new year always typically begins with everyone sharing their ambitious resolutions.  They are typically center around losing weight, being healthier or happier or more organized but these lofty goals are often abandoned within a week or two.  

Goals like this are usually hard to meet and not attainable not to mention that focusing on a task too big can cause a lot of added frustration.  Instead of stressing out over attempting a total change, you can focus on improving your overall well being in more modest ways that will not only leave you healthier but happier too!

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Cook at home more frequently.

Sure, it takes a little more effort than just grabbing a bite out to eat but it’ll help to cut excess calories.  Plus it’s a heck of a lot cheaper meaning you can save your moola for something more fun.  

Food, Health and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey

If you’re new to cooking and looking for healthy recipes, a cookbook is a great place to start.  In fact, Oprah just released a personal cookbook containing 115 recipes called Food, Health and Happiness where she shares great meals for a healthier, happier life.  

Snack smarter. 

Made In Nature Tart Cherry Fit Figgy Pops

Instead of grabbing for something loaded with sugar and other artificial ingredients, opt for a snack that has no refined sugar and if possible, Certified Organic like these Tart Cherry Fig Figgy Pops from Made in Nature.  These energy balls are a smart, healthy snack that’s made up of tart cherries, figs, dates, cashews, walnuts with a coconut coating.  

You can save $10 off order of $39+ on their site from 1/1-2/28! :)

Drink more water. 

Another small step you can take is drinking more water.  Drinking more water doesn’t have to mean slamming eight glasses a day.  Instead, try to swap out sugary, unhealthy beverages for some water.  Not a water bottle fan due to all the litter and toxins?

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JUST Water has got you covered.  Not only is it 100% spring water sourced from Glens Falls in Upstate, NY (near me!), the water bottle is made of 83% renewable resources meaning you don’t have to feel bad about it! You can find it available nationally for $0.99 for a 16.9 ounce bottle. 

Decrease stress.


It’s easier said that done but attempting to decrease some of the stress in you life can make all the difference.  Instead of buzzing around, try to take some time to breathe each day and mindfully slow down.  

Tea Forté

Take a break, a deep breath and if you really want to de-stress, brew a cup of hot tea or like one of SIPSCRIPTIONS from Tea Forté.  This collection of tea is specifically curated to support daily health and well-being and is available in pyramid infusers, loose tea containers and Single Steeps- perfectly measured single serve loose tea pouches. 

In fact, there’s a SIPSCRIPTION to help you relax or even if you need more energy.  Here is a full list of what this collection includes: RESIST Tea for Wellness, REGROUP Tea for Detox, REBOOT Tea for Energy, RESULTS Tea for Fitness and RETREAT Tea for Relaxation.  

Save 10% off any Tea Forté SIPSCRIPTIONS item with code WELLNESS valid through 1/31/17.

Get outside more often.

Vow to use your lunch breaks to take a walk or go explore your local trails and take up hiking.  You could even make it your goal to finish your first race and start a couch to 5k program.  

However you decide to spend more time outdoors, a sock with the right fit is a must! 

FITS sock

In fact, FITS sock was created to fight the ill-fitting sock epidemic.  Whether you want a low-cut running sock or a Hiker Sock, you can find the cushion and style to suit your needs and shop their top rated running socks on their website.

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Right now you can also enter to win a $200 FITS Gift Card Giveaway by simply entering your email on their contest page.  A winner will be chosen on 1/25/17.

Open your mind.

Instead of staying inside your comfort zone, open your mind to new possibilities and experiences.  Open your mind to the idea that everyone truly is equal and do your part to #distruptdiscrimination in 2017.  

EQUAL is a brand that is striving to do just that.  They’re mission is to show that while we are all different, we are also all equal and deserve equal acceptance, respect and rights.  You can show your support for equality and valuing diversity by purchasing their merch and sharing it on social media

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Lisa @ Mile by Mile
Reply January 11, 2017

Great ideas! I like focusing on simple things that we can do each day, and once they become habits we start to see more of a lifestyle change!

Reply January 11, 2017

It grounds me.

angela @ happy fit mama
Reply January 11, 2017

I completely agree on getting outside more often. When I'm at work, I make it a point to get outside even if it's 5 minutes for a walk around the building. It gives me an energy boost!

Susie @ Suzlyfe
Reply January 11, 2017

I am getting my outdoors in currently with all of my walking home from the hospital! I wouldn't mind if it was a tad warmer, though, lol

Reply January 11, 2017

great tips . . . and BTW, I entered the socks giveaway . . . you can never have enough running socks . . .even when your HUGE drawer is overflowing so bad that it can't be closed at all, even with all my might. So I just leave it open for quick access and to admire all the pretty colors - haha

Kimberly G
Reply January 11, 2017

I'm definitely going to check out Equal - they seem like a brand I would really love to support!

It's so important to time time for yourself in order to destress. I'm really curious about that new cookbook by Oprah. She seems to have finally found something that really works for her!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply January 11, 2017

I got one of those mugs and a tea forte sampler for Christmas. I'm obsessed!! My new favorite thing. I love the sipscription idea!

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply January 11, 2017

I agree getting outside is key for me. Even in the cold weather, I need to have fresh air. Those socks look good too! thanks for the linkup
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Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
Reply January 11, 2017

Great ideas Annmarie. Getting outside makes me so much happier. This winter has been pretty brutal and I'm definitely feeling those effects. I need some Vitamin D soon.

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply January 11, 2017

These are really great tips! I know that I need to work on having healthier snacks available...the Figgy Pops sound right up my alley!
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Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
Reply January 11, 2017

I have a sock obsession. There's nothing better than a pair of comfy socks to make me feel all better after a bad day.

Reply January 11, 2017

Easy simple tips that will make a big difference! Really working on decreasing stress this year...

Amy @ Life to the Full
Reply January 11, 2017

Awesome simple tips! Drinking more water is one of the best goals - it helps me to eat better, have more energy and just feel better. Hydration affects so much! And being outside... LOVE!

Reply January 11, 2017

It's so much easier to put small changes in place and I know I'm much more likely to keep them up if they're just tiny changes to begin with. Thanks for the list!

Kimberly Hatting
Reply January 11, 2017

I totally believe outdoors is where it's at ;-) Unfortunately, I've been cooped up inside most of January so far due to icky weather. But, one of my goals for the month is to do 20 minutes of yoga every day (usually in the evening before bed...and it's been a great wind-down.

Michelle @ Fruition Fitness
Reply January 12, 2017

These are all so true and so important. I actually made a conscious effort to get outside during my lunch break yesterday just to get some fresh made a difference!

Autumn @
Reply January 12, 2017

Its the little things, Love getting outside! Its hard to beat it, great tips!
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Reply January 14, 2017

Oh I love FITS socks. I bought some randomly because they were on clearance at a local store, and they definitely work as advertised ;)

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