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New Year

Benjamin Calderon

We join millions in doing our best to start the New Year right so we can remove bad habits and cultivate good ones toward becoming a better person. We start by wishing everybody all the best, all the time. Permit me to share these tips that hopefully with contribute in achieving success in our various resolutions relating to weight, health and attitude and careers.

N – Number your days.Realization that our days are numbered makes us be more careful in the use of the available time. It also helps test or keep track of the 28-day period that is supposedly required to adopt or remove a habit. Numbers do have a story to tell, number of days we exercised, kept our diet or number of days we have sustained our service to help others.

E – Exercise a little every day. To help keep healthy and fit we have to find the time to do our exercises. This may just be the simple choice of choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator or even just a 10 minute walk, every little bit helps.

W – Warm instead of cold. Help cultivate a warm relationship with family, colleagues, friends and acquaintances. Promote the character of being friendly, kind and sensitive to the needs of others so that the flow of passing on these characteristics helps overwhelm those who are of the opposing end.

Y – Youth need an example. Be an example for the youth to emulate. More so in adulthood, we need to help point toward the direction of clean, healthy and productive living to the following generations by make ourselves available as an example, of providing encouragement and support for the following generations in helping make this earth a better place to work and live in.

E – Enjoy life's cycle of ups and downs. Remember there is a time for everything and this reality helps us absorb the blows and appreciate the gifts that life brings. We also can learn to appreciate and enjoy the things that money cannot buy, especially when we do not have the money.

A - Avoid junk food. Your body doesn't need it. Eating too much processed food is proven to have negative consequences on our health. They are high in calories and low in nutrients, which is an awful combination.

R - Rest. Plain and simple, your body needs sleep to recoup and reset for the next day. Aim for 7 to 9 hours per night. Adequate rest, along with a healthy diet and exercise, are the secrets to good health.Remember, make it a habit and you'll stick to it. Let me end with this quote, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” 
Benjamin Franklin

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