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Six of the best: Health & beauty resolutions for 2017

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As we usher in a New Year, the time for goal setting has arrived. Who doesn’t want to look better and feel healthier? If you want a stronger, more beautiful you in 2017, take a look at these suggestions.

Get Outside
Fresh air is really good for you – and so is sunshine. The Vitamin D your body absorbs is responsible for stronger immune systems and happier moods. Find ways to spend some time outdoors, even if the weather is cool, every day and your health will improve.

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Movement improves circulation and sweat rids the body of toxins

Fix Your Skin
Makeup is a lot of fun but it should never replace smart skin care. Exfoliate, eat right for your skin type, and make sure you moisturise your skin. It should glow from the inside out – not because you’ve made it up that way.

Drink More Water
The right amount of hydration boosts energy, strengthens immunity, makes you feel less hungry, and gives your skin a glowing radiance. Buy yourself a holiday gift and pick out a large water bottle to keep full and next to you all day long. Sip it absentmindedly and you’ll soon reach your daily minimum, which is half your weight in ounces of water. If you work out, you’ll want to up that water content even more.

Sleep More
Beauty sleep is not just about looks. Sleep is so important to restore health and energy back to our bodies. Set a bedtime in the New Year and stick with it, no matter what. A sleep routine that includes a minimum of 7.5 hours of sleep per night (for adults) should be your end goal. You’ll not only feel more rested, but you’ll actually be healthier.

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Sleep is so important to restore health and energy back to our bodies

Care for Your Brain
Brain health is one of the least talked about components of wellness, yet one of the most important. We know that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are on the rise, so how can we take proactive steps to slow the onset of degeneration? There are plenty of schools of thought on brain health – from drinking more coffee to playing strategy games like poker. Find your own brain regimen and stick with it in the New Year. A healthier brain will mean a healthier outlook for the rest of your body, too.

It seems like physical fitness winds up on every health/beauty list but there’s good reason. Movement improves circulation and sweat rids the body of toxins. Exercise triggers endorphin release in the brain – making you happier, and less stressed. If you have enough time to scroll through your Facebook feed several times per day, you have enough time to take a brisk walk. Find ways to incorporate everyday fitness into your routines.

How will you be the healthiest, most beautiful you in 2017?