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Living Better: New Year, New You

By Bryan Black

1 of 6 in the series Living Better

With 2012 behind us and 2013 ushering in a brand new year, I’d like to take this opportunity to really get at the core of living better.

To me, living better doesn’t mean a fad diet or a meat head workout routine that was designed for someone else, it means integrating healthy core principles into your life that will continue serving you for the long term.

Rather than list out a bunch of resolutions, that will more than likely get broken, I’ll be starting from the ground up and creating a series of articles that will focus on many different aspects of living better. We’ll be discussing topics like nutrition, functional strength and even organization.

This may seem strange coming from ITS, but these things are at the core of who I am and ITS is as a company. My hope is that through these articles you pick up information that you can integrate in your own way. I’m a big advocate of soaking up information and applying it to fit your lifestyle, not following a prescribed plan.

Starting with Fundamentals

Along the lines of not following a prescribed plan, I’ll be up front and say that I don’t have all the answers. This isn’t going to be a my way or the highway type of series. Unlike most things I read, everyone is different. Everyone has different goals and their own measure of success in achieving them. My goal in this series is to present what I know and what’s helped me over the years to stay healthy, happy and motivated.


You’re going to read things that you may agree with, or things you disregard, but I fully expect this and hope that you’ll add in your thoughts in the comments below. I know that I’m going to learn as well from what you offer up.  Don’t expect overnight success with any of the topics we cover, but don’t let that dissuade you from giving them a chance.

Health-y  [hel-thee]  adjective: Possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.

So what are the fundamentals to living a better healthier life? While these are also going to vary from person to person, here are 13 that I believe in and what we’ll be discussing in 2013:

  • Being Conscious of What You’re Putting into Your Body
  • Exercise and Movement
  • Rest and Relaxation
  • Enjoying Nature
  • Living with Honesty and Integrity
  • Spending Time with Family and Friends
  • Working Passionately and Loving What You’re Doing
  • Avoiding Clutter and Staying Organized
  • Giving Back and Helping Others
  • Learning Every Day and Becoming Self-Sufficient
  • Knowing Your Goals and Dreams
  • Defining You and Your Values
  • Trusting Your Instincts

Here’s to a great 2013! I personally can’t wait to present the accompanying articles in the Living Better series and get things started. What goals have you set for yourself in this new year?

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