Well Being

5 Ways To Make Health Your Priority in a Busy Lifestyle

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In our experience, a new year doesn't really come with a new you–and it doesn't come with extra hours in the week to pursue your fitness goals. But never fear: Just because you're busy doesn't mean your health has to suffer. With the right tools and strategy, you can keep your commitment to your health and your busy schedule in 2013.

Check out our recommendations for making health a priority in 2013:

1. Get Enough Sleep – If you make one goal for yourself in the new year, make it to get enough sleep. When you're well-rested, it's easier to tackle other tasks and manage your stress–and studies have also shown that getting enough sleep promotes better nutrition, too.

2. Don't Try New Diets – It's counterintuitive, we know, but reading diet books and stocking up on diet foods (that oftentimes don't even work) isn't the most efficient way to prioritize your health.

3. Do Squeeze In More Vegetables – Cooking more often, bringing your own lunch to work, and never ordering out are all great health goals, but if you're busy, we all know all how they end: with a flop. Try a goal like “eating more vegetables”–whether you're at a restaurant or at home–that's easy to maintain even when you don't have time to grocery shop, let alone cook.

4. Try Gaiam TV – It's tempting to sign up for a yoga studio, boot camp, and gym membership in January, but don't let all the deals and advertising fool you: If you didn't have time to do this stuff in 2012, it won't get easier in 2013. Instead of over-booking your time, try signing up for GaiamTV, which offers hundreds of streaming classes–from yoga and pilates to strength training–wherever you want, whenever you want. You can choose from a selection of classes that range from short to long to fit your schedule, and you can do them anywhere: In your bedroom, hotel room, or even your office conference room. All you need is a computer, internet connection, and a little bit of space.

5. De-Stress – High stress levels leads to everything from over-eating to losing sleep and even exercise injuries. Whether it's booking yourself a regular massage or even just taking a bath once a week, find a regular ritual that helps you de-stress. It's one of the easiest, most enjoyable ways to put your health first in 2013.

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This post is sponsored by GaiamTV.