Only a few days into the new year and already those resolutions may seem like an albatross, leaving you unmotivated and resentful, rather than ready to take on the world. The best way to give yourself a leg up when facing a challenge is simplify, simplify, simply. These 5 easy solutions will kick-start your commitment to making the healthy choices you need for a successful 2014.

ONE: YOUR BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING – Whether it’s leaving a few minutes earlier and parking further from your destination or getting of transit one stop early and walking the extra blocks, integrating small changes into your daily routine can make a world of difference come the end of the year.

TWO: BREAK, UP! – Even though you’ve given up habits like smoking, or regular trips to the coffee shop for something sweet, that doesn’t mean if you work in an office that you’re chained to your chair for the duration of your day. Giving your brain a break is still great for productivity, but use the time to walk around the block or visit a colleague on another floor to ask a pressing question, rather than send them an email from your desk.

THREE: REACH FOR THE STARS – Stretching helps to not only get our body moving and wake our muscles, but is great for our lungs and heart health. And even though it seems like there is no time in the day for sleeping never mind a stretch or two, take 15 minutes in the morning and 15 in the evening to give your body the warm-up and cool-down it needs. Wear comfortable clothes, dedicated to your routine, to get in the mind set.

FOUR: PRACTICALLY FREE WEIGHTS – Can’t make it to the gym to work out? Looking for a little weight training but don’t have the time to pick up weights for your home? Look no further than your pantry or your next trip to the grocery store. If you’re just starting a fitness routine that involves weights, two 1.5 litre bottles of water should offer enough resistance to get you started.

FIVE: RISE TO THE OCCASION – It may not seem like much, but standing, rather than sitting, when on the phone, can make a difference when it comes to core strength. You don’t have to move around, but by simply standing you are making your body work.

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