One Year to a Happier, Healthier You
By: Brett Blumenthal
Published: January 3, 2012
This seems to be the time of year when everyone looks at ways they can better their life. You look at what goals you want to accomplish in the new year, projects you want to start, and one of them usually includes something to do with your health. Brett Blumenthal's book might just be exactly what you are looking for. In 52 SMALL CHANGES, Blumenthal takes you through one project a week, focusing on different aspects of your health in small doses so that they are more likely to become habits.
As you begin, you are directed to a website where you enter in information to get a baseline on your health. You will then get a print out showing areas where you are deficient, areas that could use some improvement, and areas where you are doing well. For example, mine showed I needed to increase my water intake as well as eating more fruits and vegetables. It also showed that I was getting an adequate amount of sleep.
The book takes you through 52 (obviously) different chapters focusing on one task starting with Drink Up, adding more water intake. It tells you why you need more water, how to use your weight to measure how much water you need every day and when to drink your water throughout the day. At the end of each chapter there is a weekly change checklist. Then each chapter builds on the next checklist as you are continuing to add good habits to your routine.
I found the material to be easy to comprehend, not full of medical jargon or research. The information was basic and full of tips to easily add these habits to your daily routine. I appreciated how it was broken up into one task per week and with the short chapters, it was easy to read and take in the information.
At the end of the book, you can retake your same baseline test and see in which areas you have improved and areas you still need to work on. You can also get continued support as you read through the book from Blumenthal's Facebook page and website.
Whether you are looking for motivation to add more color to your diet, start a new hobby, get that physical you have been meaning to schedule, or to declutter your home and finances, this book will walk you through each step, offering tools, resources, and support to make those small changes in your life, ultimately making big changes in your life.
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