Are you one of those people that makes a New Year’s resolution each year only to break it? Well you’re not alone! According to a recent study1, over 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year, but only 8% actually achieve those goals.
This year, Balance Bar is helping Americans make the right choices for their health, wellness and overall happiness in 2014 with its Balance Bar® Pledge, an anti-resolutions pledge that encourages people to skip the tradition of setting overly ambitious and sometimes unachievable goals and instead make one small step each month.
We’ve teamed up with lifestyle expert Laurel House, also known as The QuickieChick, to give us a full year of monthly tips that have a positive impact every day and for the longer term. You can find these helpful tips below along with videos on Facebook) for making 2014 your best yet.
So make sure you check out The Balance Bar® Pledgeto declare your intention to live your best 2014 and join our community of anti-resolutioners. You'll be entered for a chance to win a wellness vacation at New Life Hiking Spa in Killington, Vermont. Five lucky fans will also win a Balance Bar® 2014 calendar which features each of Laurel’s monthly tips, a case of Balance Bar® bars and Yurbuds sports headphones.
And if you want to share your ideas with us, @BalanceBar and @QuickieChick will be hosting a live, one-hour Twitter party* on Thursday, January 9 at 2:00 PM ET. Yurbuds as well as popular bloggers from Mommy’s Memorandum and Leslie Loves Veggies will also be participating. Join in using #NewYearBalance and you could be one of the five fans who win a prize pack that includes a 15-ct box of Balance Bars®, a yurbuds® product and a motivational calendar for the New Year.
Ready to take our 2014 anti-resolutions pledge? Get started on making 2014 your best year yet with the Balance Bar® Pledge and mark your calendar for our #NewYearBalance Twitter party on January 9.
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Make an “intention” board to stay motivated.
"Intentions" (rather than “resolutions”) allow you a little leniency while still holding a basic structure that helps to keep you on track to achieve your goals. Create an intention board of images and words cut from magazines that illustrate the energy behind your goals/intentions/resolutions for the year. For the tech savvy out there, go ahead and make it on Pinterest!
Don’t let old habits derail you.
It’s time to start paying attention to your old habits and the little things that derail your progress on eating healthy in 2014. If you’re having a bad day and you usually turn to sweets to make yourself feel better, take a step back and realize how you’re handling the situation. Instead of doing something counter-productive to your goals like overeating, do something good for you like going on a brisk 20 minute walk or calling a friend to catch up.
Exercise to minimize your stress level.
When you exercise, your blood starts pumping faster through your veins, you take deeper, more cleansing and detoxifying breaths, and your brain releases endorphins- your body’s natural “feel good” chemicals. Not only are you achieving a goal by exercising, but you’re also making yourself feel better!
Spring clean your life.
Take a look at your life and see what needs cleaning! In a bad relationship or friendship? Be honest to yourself and the other person, and end the relationship. Feeling tired and drained? Look at the activities in your days and revitalize them – drink more water, change up your breakfast commit to healthy afternoon snacks like a Balance Bar® and get outside a for a few minutes each day. Don’t just clean your house or office this spring, but clean up your life too.
Surround yourself with motivating people.
Nothing is more of a “downer” than wanting and trying to better yourself but seeking encouragement, motivation or advice from people who say "you can't." Find the "You CANs" and do what they do!
Better your life by making some changes.
Make a list of everything that makes you uncomfortable or annoyed like spending too much time on shopping, going out too much, not exercising, etc. Decide on a short, daily action that you can take that is exactly the opposite. You’ll make yourself feel better and make life less stressful.
Find your passion and start living it.
Ask anyone who seems to be happy at work and they will say "I LOVE what I do!" They are passionate, enthusiastic and they have energy from living their dreams. Don't wake up 10 years from now wondering what happened to your life … start living TODAY! Try a new hobby, sign up for a new class at the gym or take a cooking class.
Take care of your BODY.
It's the only one you've got. Move your body in a way that helps it feel good. Anything you can do to get your heart rate up releases chemicals that just plain make you feel better. And don’t forget to feed your body the right fuel (like with a Balance Bar®!) Otherwise, no matter how much exercise you do, you will always feel drained.
Build your self-esteem every day.
Self-esteem is essential when it comes to your self-image, how you’re perceived and ultimately how you treat yourself. If you’re down in the dumps about yourself, do something to make you feel happy, healthy and beautiful! Identify one thing to do each day like exercise, volunteer, open the door for someone, donate money, etc. and you’ll feel much better.
MAKE time, don’t find time.
We all have busy schedules these days so it’s hard to find time to do what we want. Rather than wait for the perfect moment to exercise or for a relaxing quiet moment, make the moment! Wake up an hour early to hit the gym or go into the office early to get your work done so you can enjoy an extra 20 minutes outside at lunch.
Get a full 8 hours
As a culture, Americans shortchange ourselves on sleep. But not getting enough sleep doesn’t just leave you tired, it takes a toll on your skin, your stress levels and overall well-being. Shut the computer down and commit to getting at least 8 solid hours a night. Then start your day with a balanced meal like Balance Bar® and a cup of Greek yogurt with fruit.
Create a fitness bank.
Every time you don't want to workout, but do anyway, give yourself $1. Once it adds up, treat yourself to something nice like a new coat or even a nice dinner out with friends. Your hard work and motivation will benefit you in the long run in more ways than one!
1.University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology; December 2012
* Tweet #NewYearBalance on January 9, 2014 between 2-3pm ET to be entered into our New Year's Twitter Party Giveaway. Every tweet is another chance to be one of the five fans who will win a prize pack that includes a box of Balance Bars, a yurbuds product and a branded Best You Calendar! Join in for your chance to win, and get some healthy tips in the process to be the best you all year round!
Official rules: No purchase necessary. To be eligible to win, participants must follow @BalanceBar and participate during the Twitter party hour using the hashtag #NewYearBalance. This promotion is open to U.S. residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected at random from eligible participants.