How to “Live Well” in 2015

How to “Live Well” in 2015

Five Resolutions Everyone Should Make This Year

1. Be more active.

This one’s first up on our list, mainly because one of our biggest perks is that there are so many great ways to stay in shape near The Maxwell!  Being active is so good for your mind and your body.  You can never be TOO active, so step up your game in the New Year.  And, we bet you there are more ways than you think to do it.  Try walking to your local grocery store instead of driving (Hey, Harris Teeter!) or using the stairs at work instead of the elevator.  You could also scope-out your neighborhood for a bike trail.  Ballston, for instance, is not only bike-friendly with designated lanes for bikers.  If you don’t own a bike yet, don’t worry, Freshbikes or Capital Bike Share has got you covered!  And, of course, a new gym membership is always great.  But if the thought of the gym makes you cringe, you try a more specialized workout class this year.  The Maxwell apartments are attached to Solidcore (read more about Solidcore here), which has become popular recently (even Michelle Obama has said to have become a regular!), but others such as Pure Barre or SoulCycle have a reputation for a very fun and very effective workout.

2. Give back and volunteer.
It’s so important to give back to your community and it’s something a lot of us think about doing, but find excuses as to why we’re too busy to do it.  Make 2015 the year that you make the time!  There are many different areas to help out your community, so there’s something for everyone.  If you’re like us, living in Ballston, some popular options are volunteering at the Washington Humane Society or the Arlington Food Assistance Center.  Or, you could visit a site such as the Arlington Online Volunteer Connection to find something that best fits your interests.  And, if you’re looking to add a new member to your family, it can be as easy as choosing to adopt.  Poppy is an adorable Terrier-mix in need of a good home – Just saying!

3. Unplug.
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Not much effort is needed for this one.  Don’t let time pass you by and make it a point to unplug for at least an hour every day this year.  It doesn’t have to be a consecutive hour, but little things such as turning off your email alerts or scheduling times on your calendar where you will be distraction-free from your cell phone can all add up.  Be more present this year and take in what’s happening around you without any distractions or inferences.  Not to mention, doing this will also help with the first two resolutions.

4. Drink more water.
Water does so much for our bodies and many of us most likely aren’t drinking enough of it.  Proper hydration is important for many things, such as restoring all of the beneficial l electrolytes lost when you sweat (like, during the new workout class that you’re going to sign up for!), and helps keep you more energized and focused throughout the day.  An easy way to ensure that you’re drinking enough water throughout the day, is to buy a cute water bottle, carry it around with you every day and keep refilling it.  How much is enough, you ask?  It’s recommended to drink half of your body weight in ounces to stay properly hydrated.  If the thought of drinking so plain water all day bores you, add your favorite fruit to your water bottle the night before.

5. Get more sleep.

The average amount of sleep the average individual needs can vary and some may need more or less than others, so knowing your own mind and body best, pick a number and stick to it.  Sleep is such an important factor of being prepared to make the most out of every day and, quite frankly, none of the above resolutions matter without it.  So, change any bad sleeping habits you have now and make the commitment to go to bed on time.  Plus, if your bedroom is anything like ours is at The Maxwell, it should be your own personal sanctuary.
Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy New Year from all of us here at The Maxwell!  We’ll see you in 2015, and, don’t forget to #LiveWellMaxwell!