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12 Quotes to Drive You to Fulfill Your New Years Resolutions

12 Quotes to Drive You to Fulfill Your New Years Resolutions 0

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2017 is here! That means everyone is doing their best to stick to their resolutions, some being far more difficult than others. As we know by now, resolutions aren’t always a one-stop fix. They’re an uphill climb, hard to stick to, and you will most likely face many steps backwards while trying to move forward. When your resolution involves making healthier choices and getting your body in better shape, you’ll need some motivation to push you through those difficult times. We’re here to help motivate you — after all, we’re on this journey of health together. But some motivation from those who are more wise than we are can be immensely powerful. Here are 12 quotes we think represent this journey to a better you. We hope these quotes free you from what was holding you back in 2016, and get you in the healthiest mindset for the trials and triumphs of 2017.

 

“Change doesn’t come in nickels and dimes. It comes in dedication and sweat.”
- Toni Sorenson
“Exercise is a great leveler. It doesn’t matter how rich you are, you can’t just buy your way into a great body. You have to do the work. I find that comforting. It’s one of the few things in life where we’re all on a level playing field.”
- Vinnie Tortorich
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”
- Tom Stoppard
“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
- Carlos Castenada
“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”
- Unknown
‘I’ve realized that I’m more important than food is. I love a big slice of pizza, but I love myself more. It’s about saying you deserve to be healthy.”
- Valerie Bertinelli
“Transformation isn’t a future event, it’s a present day activity.”
- Jillian Michaels
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.”
- Kevin Trudeau
“Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.”
- Samuel Johnson
“Vision is not enough. It must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up at the steps; we must also step up the stairs.”
- Vaclav Havel
“There is always a step small enough from where we are to get us to where we want to be. If we take that small step, there’s always another we can take, and eventually a goal thought to be too far to reach becomes achievable.” 
- Ellen Langer
“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.”
- Ann Wigmore
5 Apps to Increase Mental Clarity

5 Apps to Increase Mental Clarity 0

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We all have stressors in our day-to-day that get into our heads and hinder us from reaching a place of peace. Fortunately, scientists and techies are coming up with creative ways to help us combat these things. We’re living in the 21st century, so technology has now come into play as a valid tool to help improve your mental state. You can now utilize brain training apps as a tool to increase your mental clarity.

Some of us want to be able to focus better while at work, release ourselves from distracting thoughts, or even just boost our mood. Mental clarity can be a component that leads to your fulfillment, and allow you to achieve peace and balance through brain training activities. These apps aim to train your brain in several different categories— like positivity, meditation, communication skills, awareness, or memory— and in turn lead you towards a new direction. Many have attributed the change to a healthy lifestyle to these apps, so what have you got to lose? Here are 5 of our favorite apps that increase mental clarity.


Elevate: This app focuses on cognitive function, like reading, writing, and listening. This colorful game gives you three training sessions a day that focus on improving your communication skills. It might sound like your high school english class, but Elevate makes these trainings a lot more fun and intriguing. By using bold color schemes, playful animations, and goal-based directions, you feel as though you’re playing a game instead of teaching yourself a lesson about sentence fragments. Elevate aims to improve things like memory, calculation, decision making, and focus through a variety of games that are short and sweet.


Headspace: This app is all about meditation, promising to teach you how to meditate in just 10 minutes a day. Meditation is the holy grail of peace and relaxation for many, and this app aims to expose it to those who are having difficulty or are unaware of how to go about meditation. The goal is to get you to a place where you can focus better, stress less, and smile more. Headspace will teach you the basics of meditation through breathing and visualization, and from there you can choose a category you’d like to focus your session on. Categories include foundation, health, relationships, and performance.


Lumosity: Arguably one of the most popular brain training apps, Lumosity aims to improve skills that can easily translate to real-world tasks, like remembering a list or making decisions. The format is split into sessions of three race-against-the-clock training games tailored to your goals, including but not limited to: memory, attention, problem solving skills, processing speed, and flexibility of thinking. This app feels like a true educational tool that is used to hone in on your cognitive abilities, so you can gain skills that you can apply in your everyday life.


Personal Zen: This app focuses on two animated characters: a happy, friendly little guy, and an angry, negative one. As they burrow through a field of grass, the player must follow the happy character and remember it’s patterns and routes. The point of the game is for the user to focus on the positive, and not the negative. The scientists who created Personal Zen call it’s method “attention bias modification training”, which means it intends to train your brain to pay attention differently. The game aims to reduce stress and anxiety, hoping that the players exit out of the app feeling happier and more positive having focused on the character that reflects those traits. It has also been used in studies as a precursor for an event that can be stress-inducing, like giving a speech, in order to lessen the anxiety associated with the event. Those who played had significantly less stress levels than those who played a placebo version.


Happify: This app trains you to conquer negative thoughts, and in turn hopes to help you show gratitude, cope with stress, and empathize, leading you to live a happier and more fulfilled life. Happify focuses on “positive psychology” meaning strengths and virtues that the player finds within themselves. Features of the app are quizzes, identifying positives polls, and lists that will grant life-changing new habits to the player. Happify aims to improve your mood and your general outlook on life, by retraining your brain to be happier. Performing these guided reflections daily will surely bring you some newfound positivity. Helping you to become more aware, grateful, and be able to focus on the driving forces in your life.


Mental health is just as important as physical health. Keeping your mind positive, sharp, and aware will lead to a mental clarity that you can’t find from a simple workout. Studies even show performing brain training activities can even aid in avoiding Alzheimer’s disease. Trying out an app as a source to increase mental clarity can only benefit you!
15 Quotes About Healthy Living to Help You Through the Day

15 Quotes About Healthy Living to Help You Through the Day 0

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Sometimes we can hit a wall with whatever we’re going through in life and need a little pick-me-up. Whether you’re working on getting in shape, getting into a healthier lifestyle, struggling with your mental health, or dealing with chronic illness, we’ve compiled an assortment of healthy living quotes we hope you can all identify with and bring you comfort.

Sometimes we can hit a wall with whatever we’re going through in life and need a little pick-me-up. Whether you’re working on getting in shape, getting into a healthier lifestyle, struggling with your mental health, or dealing with chronic illness, we’ve compiled an assortment of healthy living quotes we hope you can all identify with and bring you comfort.

1. Don't forget to put yourself first.

2. Small progress is still progress.

3. Don't wait until you've reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.

4. Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It's about being better than you used to be.

5. Invest in yourself, you're going to be here for a while.

6. Strive for progress, not perfection.

7. Don't let your struggle define you.

8. Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.

9. See the good in all things.

10. It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.

11. Your track record for getting through difficult days is 100 percent.

12. It's not "can I do this?", it's "how can I do this?"

13. What 10 things can I be thankful for right now?

14. A healthy outside starts from the inside.

15. See the light at the end of the tunnel.

10 Daily Affirmations to Live By

10 Daily Affirmations to Live By 0

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Many find that filling their mind with positive, self-assuring thoughts can start their day in the right direction. Here are some positive daily affirmations that we can all use in our lives to make taking on the world a little bit easier.


  1. I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.

  1. Amazing opportunities exist for me in every aspect of my life.

  1. I freely give up what is no longer serving me, and release it to create space for what inspires me.

  1. I either have control or I don’t; worry is wasted energy.

  1. I choose to fully participate in my day.

  1. I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen.

  1. I am a powerhouse, I am indestructible. I am conquering my problem and defeating it steadily each day.

  1. I am a better person for the hardship I have gone through.

  1. I feel safe in the rhythm and flow of ever-changing life.

10. I free myself from destructive fears and doubts.

The Fear of Success 0

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We’ve heard this phrase many times before - so how does this apply to your health and wellness goals? Whether it’s your goal to do one thing - like drink more water, or a more complex one, like lost 30 pounds, we need to realize what it is that might be holding us back in any of these scenarios. Most of the time, we know what we need to do, or we can find out what we need to do, i.e. get the help of a nutritionist. We may think that we simply don’t want it enough, otherwise we would have already done something about it and achieved this goal. However, that’s not the case. Even if you consider yourself a risky person, it can be the fear of taking the risk to achieve your goal and failing. An irrational fear, even, that is holding you back.

What do we mean by this? Well, we know now that simply having a 51% chance or more at succeeding at something is not nearly enough to get us to do it. The odds must be much greater, and when we don’t see the chances as being good, then we’re much less likely to follow that workout plan. Because we have a lot of doubts that it’s not going to work. These may not even be rational - in fact, they are probably irrational fears and reasons as to why we might fail. Nevertheless, they are real to us and keep us from trying to achieve our goals.

The best way to work through this? Help ourselves to realize that the outcomes that can be achieved are worth it to take that risk. This is done by breaking down what we deem to be the risks and what we would like to gain from this experience. Basically, what things are you willing to give up by not achieving your goal and what things you are willing to risk to get there - this can be anything from money, psychological or physical well-being, career, time with family and friends, etc. The point here is to realize your priorities and what matters to you. Plus, taking the time to actually write out or verbalize your fears and possible outcomes may bring you to the realization that this is worth the risk, and sooner than you thought.

Tips for Staying on Track with Your Health and Wellness Goals 0

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Start Small—the same way our bad habits weren’t formed in a day, we can’t expect an entire lifestyle change to take place overnight. But if we can make ourselves try one thing differently—like get up in the morning and put your gym clothes on right away—over time we can form habits that make taking the next step that much easier. Before you know it, you won’t be able to put on those gym clothes fast enough!

Be SMART—many of us have heard of the powerful acronym for creating goals that actually have the potential to be achieved. The reason it’s so important to have specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound goals is that it gives us somewhere to go and differentiates our efforts from being just a dream. Essentially, using this method will help you to visualize the steps you need to take to make changes in your lifestyle. Instead of simply deciding you want to drink more water, planning out how much water you’ll drink and how you’ll gradually increase your intake over a certain amount of time takes out the guesswork of how to get started with making that change!

Tell Everyone!—accountability is key here. The advantage of announcing your health goals to the people around you is that if you don’t get up to put on your gym clothes that morning or if you didn’t drink that last glass of water, you’ll have those people to answer to. That alone can give someone the motivation to get things done! Better yet, if you have someone working towards the same goal as you, by supporting one another you can be there when the other person is feeling unmotivated, and vice versa. And don’t stop there, share it with your journal! Being able to read back and see how far you’ve come can also be a great motivator for those days you’re just not feeling it.

The Possibilities are Endless!—when we think of health goals, many times losing weight and eating healthier are the first to come to mind. The great news is there are so many other ways to improve our health and overall wellness. You can make a goal to go to the gym more and eat less, but you can also make goals to get outside with friends, always choose to take the stairs, add natural oils to your diet (we love CBD Hemp Oil), or try that new spin class your coworker has been telling you about! The point is to find something that excites you—and don’t be afraid to switch it up. Now get out there and start achieving!