January Jump Start Blog

The Challenge is Officially Over - Here are a Few Last Minute Things to Remember

With the Challenge officially over, don't forget to submit your final weight and measurements, your last-minute recipes, your Written Reflection!

Challenge Inspiration 8: Fatigue

Fatigue makes cowards of us all. Vince Lombardi | Former NFL Player, Coach, and Executive

How to Create a Sleep-Ready Environment

Sleep is such an important part of our lives, but it’s often one facet that suffers the most. Check out these tips for creating the perfect, sleep-ready environment to help you get the recommended amount of sleep every night.

Week 8 Focus: The Benefits of Sleep

"Rest, sleep...maybe when I am dead." While the concept of skipping out on sleep can almost seem courageous, or part of the requirement to achieving the "American Dream", might sleep be the lost secret to success? So why can't you live without it, and what are the dangers to your body when we are sleep deprived? Learn how sleep and rest impact health and performance.

Challenge Inspiration 7: Managing Stress

I’m conscious of the way I live and do things every day that nourish my body. I eat well, I work out, I try to manage my stress, I get a good sleep in, and together, that does wonders. Ella Woodward | British Food Writer and Entrepreneur

How a Healthy Lifestyle Can Prevent Anger

We've all been there. We've all had moments when hostility, tension, or anger gets built up. Although there may not be a way to prevent feeling that anger – nor should you – living a healthy lifestyle can help you better control and overcome that anger.

Week 7 Focus: Coping with Stress Naturally

Stress is defined as a threat—real or perceived—that alters the homeostasis or state of balance of an organism. The body and mind both react to stress, and in doing so, trigger a host of physiological and behavioral activities. Short-term or acute stress can be good for the body. It's the long-term, chronic stress that can sometimes last for months or years that causes increased physical and mental risks. Yet, improving gut health, drinking certain teas, exercising, and engaging in relaxation activities like meditation can help manage your stress. Read on to learn more.

Water

Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body depends on water, the most solvent of all liquids. As you take on the Challenge and your activity level increases, it’s going to become more important than ever to stay hydrated. Read on to learn how much water you need and what kind of water is best.

Week 6 Focus: Hydration Shield

Most people know drinking enough fluid helps prevent dehydration when exercising. However, proper hydration also plays a huge part in injury prevention and maintaining overall good health. Drinking enough fluids may be one of the best ways to keep your body working to its capacity.

Which Organic Fruits and Veggies Matter Most

Choosing organic is gradually becoming more and more popular because people are seeking out the healthiest options for themselves and their families. Still, what does organic mean and how do you know which fruits and vegetables are the “cleanest” and “dirtiest”? Find out here.

Week 5 Focus: How to Get Your Veggies In Without Really Trying

One of the most important parts of embracing a healthier lifestyle is changing your eating habits, this includes eating your veggies. If you don’t like vegetables and struggle to get your full servings every day, read on to learn how you can incorporate more vegetables into your diet.

Week 5: What to Expect & Lifestyle Focus

You're now entering the final stretch of the Challenge. The momentum and confidence you've gained may push you to meet your goals by the end of the Challenge. This week's focus is to help you get the veggies you need without really trying.

Challenge Inspiration 4: Mind and Body Health

When you're trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you're even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough. Alice Domar | Ph.D. and Director or the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health
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