How to be Healthier & Happier

It’s almost 2017 and if you’re like me you’re probably thinking that 2016 went by way too fast.

You might even feel like you haven’t even accomplished half of the things that you wanted to this past year, well stop making excuses and start living your best life now!

I am going to provide you with 5 Ways to be Healthier & Happier in 2017. These suggestions will not only help your mind and body, but you will see a change in how productive you are in getting things done. I am certain that you will live a life full of purpose and will look good doing it, too.


I cannot preach this enough. You have got to let go of the things that you have no control over. Why? Because you will spend hours, days and maybe even weeks stressed out over something that you cannot fix and it will eat you up inside… literally. If you find yourself stressed out think about whether not it is something to get worked up over. Nine times out of ten it’s not, so just let it GO! Furthermore, when distressing you’ve got to make time for you. Creating a routine to follow helps you get organized, so you’re not all over the place.


What goes around comes around, so if you’re putting negative energy into the atmosphere it will come back to you and vice versa. Remember the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. Taking it one step further, try being kinder to others just because it’s the right thing to do; even if they don’t deserve it. W.W.J.D?


Having enough hours of sleep does wonders for your body. Not only will you feel recharged for the next day, but you’ll also reap health benefits. Studies show that people who get adequate sleep every night have healthier hearts and a sound mind. Not to mention those who get enough sleep are less likely to be cranky the next day. So, put your phone away because Instagram and Facebook will still be there the next day when you wake-up and GO TO BED!


I didn’t want to write “Exercise” because that’s so generic. If you want to live a healthier life you’ve got to take the initiative to do so. Start by dedicating 30 minutes a day to working out. You can walk, jog or even do at home workouts while you’re watching TV. Refer to the at home workouts on if you need a starting point. Be the change that you want to see each day!


60% of the human body is made of water, so why not put it back in there? Water helps your entire body feel refreshed. Not to mention that drinking water hydrates you after a workout, too. Drinking a glass of water before a meal will help you to eat less (:

I asked some of my fitness friends to share some of their tips to living healthier and happier in 2017 and here’s what they said:

Kelsey Gonzalez, a CrossFit participant said that you have to love yourself and the best way to loving yourself is seeing yourself naked everyday in the mirror. Being more open-minded about the foods you eat and being active are starting points to being healthier and happier. You don’t have to just go run at the gym to be active because that’s boring. Try finding places to hike at, doing yoga, CrossFit or weight training. Start trying new things because something you may have hated a long time ago could be something you learn to love.


“Learn to love yourself by being naked & open-minded to all the things in this world.” -KG

Raina Scruggs, a football trainer at SMU kept it simple and said that the key to being healthier and happier in 2017 is to sleep more and never skip breakfast.


And lastly, Alana Ethridge said that  if she works out and eats healthy for herself instead of a guy she’s more likely to keep those good habits. She added that drinking lots of water helps her avoid the sugar you get from other drinks and helps clear her face, giving her a glow.


“2016 was for sure my GLOW YEAR, I’ve never felt better about myself and body.” -AE

Don’t let another year go by without completing everything on your yearly TO DO list. Start living your best life now!

-Rach (:


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