Wellness Tips You’ll Want – and need – for 2021

By Jennifer Walsh

Looking for ways to tap into your best version of you for the new year? We asked a few of the leading experts in their fields for tips on how to stay motivated and in line with our wellness goals.

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Do what you love to reach your goals

It’s important to get really clear on your “why” as well as your goals. When you are clear about what you want to accomplish and why, you’re more likely to stick to your routine. Start now with something really manageable—maybe it’s three days a week. Take the next month and try different workouts to figure out what works for you. Choose something you love, and as time passes you can bump up your work-outs to help meet your personal goals. 

– Allisa Tucker, master trainer, TheAKT.com

Get a better night’s sleep

When people go through prolonged periods of high stress, their sleep is compromised from issues regarding the onset of sleep to challenges falling back asleep when awakened in the middle of the night. NuCalm is patented neuroscience technology clinically proven to lower stress and improve sleep quality without drugs. This system combines three components that rapidly “switch off stress” and transition the user to deep relaxation and recovery within minutes, restoring the mind and body without drugs. Placing one’s biosignal processing disk onto the left wrist activates the brain’s natural relaxation system by interrupting the adrenaline response. Then it’s time to open the app, use the headset, put the included eye mask on, and sit back and listen to the sounds and frequencies to quiet and still the mind.

– Jim Poole, CEO and President, NuCalm.com

Embrace food as medicine

As a medical doctor, I prescribe “food as medicine,” and my Rx, or recipe (Rx is Latin for recipe) is simple: Eat more plants, less meat, and cook more. We’ve always known that good nutrition is important, but it’s more important now than ever before. As we continue to hunker down into 2021, we will need to practice self-care. That starts with what we put into our mouths.

– Dr. Robert Graham, chef, FRESHMedNYC.com

Tap more, stress less

Tapping, which is the practice of using your fingertips to tap specific meridian points on the body, is proven to reduce anxiety and stress, but only if you use it! Best practices include tapping often and trying a variety of meditations to find what works best for you. The Tapping Solution app includes dozens of meditations for all sorts of scenarios, from family stress and weight loss to sleep issues to problems at work. The most popular meditation, the free Release Anxiety Tapping series, has shown a 41% reduction of anxiety in less than 10 minutes.

– Jessica Ortner, author and creator, TheTappingSolution.com

Keep moving throughout the day

Since we’re spending more time at home, make your home more dynamic and better on your body. Create space to sit and stretch out on the floor and take your entertainment or your 100th Zoom call on the move. Keep a mat rolled out and tidy to create your own home gym. Set up a dynamic workspace next to a window for natural light, eye breaks, and fresh air. Do what you can to optimize your environment. In “Move Your DNA,” my book, I focus on the teachings of simple gradual movement throughout the day, which can keep us healthy and nimble.

– Katy Bowman, biomechanist and author, NutritiousMovement.com

Explore IV therapy for an at-home wellness boost

Not only is IV therapy an effective way to reboot nutrient levels in the body, it’s also an easy way to get hydrated. Seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated and don’t even realize it or its impact on our daily lives. IV therapy delivers hydration plus vitamins and minerals directly to the blood stream. This means, nutrients bypass the digestive tract and are immediately absorbed by the body at a rate much higher than ingestion of oral supplements. People who experience IV therapy often feel immediately energized by treatment and can feel these benefits for up to 48 hours after their drip.

– Kyon Hood, MD, Chief Medical Officer, IveeApp.com

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