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Get fit for the new year and see the new you

The holiday feasting is over and most of us are now searching for a new fitness routine to get in shape. Fitness is about more than just exercising—it’s a lifestyle change that includes eating right, getting enough exercise, and taking care of your overall health. Now that the holiday chaos is over, it’s time to focus on your plan to get fit. 

Start simple and set realistic goals–and write them down!

Getting started isn’t always easy. It’s important to start simple and set realistic goals—and write them down! This will help you stick to your plan and track your progress. Find sources of motivation like quotes, photos, anything that will encourage you to stay on track and keep them close by.

Get plenty of exercise, but keep it fun. Mix up your fitness routine with combinations of strength and cardio. Studies show that exercise decreases pressure in your eyes, both right after exercise and over longer periods of time in those who exercise regularly.

No time for exercise? You can squeeze it in between every day tasks such as:

  • taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator
  • walking to your co-worker's desk instead of sending an e-mail
  • doing lunges or squats while brushing your teeth
  • contracting and holding your abs while working on your computer – try for 10 every hour
  • taking the dog for a long walk or jog—try doing a few lunges on the trail

If it’s too cold to go outdoors, pick up the latest yoga fitness DVD and create a calming atmosphere in your living room. Or you could try a circuit training fitness DVD for a more upbeat cardio workout. Don’t get stuck in a rut: change up your routine frequently to get the biggest bang out of your exercise time! 

Did you know that eating foods rich in antioxidants has been linked to lower rates of macular degeneration and other eye conditions? Eat plenty of dark green veggies, carrots, and foods rich in omega-3 fats. Choose fresh, healthy unprocessed foods and eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. You’ll keep your nutrition and fitness goals in check, and help your eyes stay healthy.