January is almost over, is your New Year off to a good start? It is never too late to begin good habits, especially since you are setting the example for your children. Here are some common bad habits—why not make a change for the good?

Not Working Out

Some kind of physical activity can get the blood flowing and the brain chemicals sizzling. Exercise is also proven to make you a happier person.

Eating Poorly

Our hectic lifestyle causes us to reach for processed foods and sugary snacks. Try portion control, keeping your meats 90 percent or leaner and eating low-glycemic carbs (vegetables, fruits, sweet potatoes, and brown rice).

Scrimping on Sleep

Lack of sleep can cause weight gain and an increased risk of inflammatory related diseases and can cause autoimmune related problems.

Not Drinking Enough Water

Water is the main nutrient transport system of the body. A good habit to begin is to drink at least two glasses of water when you wake up and two more glasses before lunch.

Teaching your children to exercise, eat right, get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water will be a valuable gift to them! Do not wait any longer. The health of your family depends on it.

Adapted from Living Magazine January 2013