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New Year’s Resolutions That Aren’t Losing Weight

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The year is coming to an end and for many people that means it’s time to choose a resolution for 2013. New Year’s resolutions are great, but overeating during the Holidays makes it too easy to choose the same goal year after year: lose weight. According to a study on 2012’s New Year’s resolutions, weight loss was the number one resolution, with 38 percent of those surveyed having some sort of goal that involved losing weight. This year we are providing you with resolutions that don’t involve work out or weight loss tips. Check out these five resolution ideas that will help make 2013 a nifty New Year!

Resolution Idea #1: Make Sleep a Priority
This might sound like a silly resolution, but sleep is important for your mental and physical health. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 30 percent of adults sleep six or fewer hours each night instead of the recommended seven to nine hours. In addition to fatigue and irritability, not getting enough sleep can lead to memory problems, mood swings, a lower immune system and even weight gain. In order to ensure a good night’s sleep, it is important to create good sleep habits and stick to them. Some examples of good sleep habits include going to bed at the same time every night, avoiding vigorous activity before bed and not consuming large meals or caffeine too close to bed.

Resolution Idea #2: Improve Your Posture
Improving your posture might not seem like something significant enough to be a New Year’s resolution, but it is! A good posture is the key to preventing muscle aches, strain, stress on joints and the risk for arthritis. Sitting at a desk all day makes it easy to practice a poor posture, but here are some tips from the Cleveland Clinic on how to sit properly:
  •         Sit with your back straight and shoulders back with your rear end touching the back of your chair
  •         Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips
  •         Bend your knees at a right angle and keep your feet flat on the floor
  •         Adjust your chair height and work station so you can sit close enough to your work to avoid hunching over
Resolution Idea #3: Get Organized
Whether it’s at work or at home, being organized is the key to keeping your stress under control.  If your desk at work has stacks of papers and 50 different Post-Its of things to do, it is inevitable that you will be overwhelmed and will not know where to begin. Organizing your life with tools like a calendar or planner will give you more time to relax and be productive. If you are unorganized, a beneficial resolution for you might be choosing to get organized for 2013 and beyond!

Resolution Idea #4: Learn Something New
Even though you may be done with school, you can never be done learning. If you want to learn a new language or new skill, go for it! It can be scary putting yourself out there by trying something new, but you never know what may come out of your explorations. In addition to a feeling of immense personal growth, opening your mind and trying new things can boost your self-esteem, form new friendships and you may even discover a hidden talent!

Resolution Idea #5: Make Time for Yourself
Your family, work and school are all things that can easily take over your life, but it is important to set aside some time for yourself every day. You may feel guilty about taking time out for you, but it is necessary to realize that it’s beneficial for you and those around you in the long run. Constantly being on the go wears you down and puts you at risk to become stressed and tired. This is why you should set aside a minimum of 15 minutes of “me time” per day of time. Choose to do whatever you like during this time so you are left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards.

The New Year can be your new beginning if you want it to be. Do you have a resolution for 2013? We want to know! Share it with us via a comment or on our Facebook page. Happy New Year from the 5-hour ENERGY® team!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

The ‘Why Do You Want To Walk?’ sweepstakes is still running and invites survivors, friends, and family members touched by breast cancer to share their stories with us. One selected entrant and a guest will be given the opportunity to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington DC May 4-5, 2013.

The Avon walk for Breast Cancer is an incredible two day, 39 mile walk where thousands of women and men come together to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. So, if you want to walk for yourself, a loved one, or for those who can’t; simply share your experience or reason with us, and it would be our honor to help you fulfill your wish. To increase awareness and the need for a finding a cure, participants are invited to share their reasons with 5-hour ENERGY® across various social channels, and spread the word about the sweepstakes for additional entries. See the Why Do You Want to Walk Sweepstakes Form for further entry details.

The sweepstakes ends on December 31, 2012; so make sure you tell us why you want to walk before it’s too late. At the end of the sweepstakes one selected entrant and a guest will be selected to receive the following –
  • An all expenses paid trip for the winner and a friend to participate in the Washington D.C. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on May 4-5, 2013.
  • Five twelve packs of 5-hour ENERGY® for the winner and a friend (120 total).
  • Two 5-hour ENERGY® $500 Visa Gift Cards for the winner and a friend (one each) and more.

We will be announcing the results early next year, so don’t forget to check back on the 5-hour ENERGY® website, Facebook page or blog. Best wishes for the Holidays and Happy New Year!


‘Tis the Season of Giving

Thursday, December 20, 2012
For many, the Holidays are a time for helping those in need. Although people are in need throughout the year, there is something about the Holiday Season that inspires generosity above and beyond the usual.

For the past two years, 5-hour ENERGY® has supported the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. This year the 5-hour ENERGY® team helped drive out hunger by filling the Gleaners truck with over 2,000 lbs of food.

For more than 35 years, Gleaners Food Bank has provided millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to those in need. For every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 94 cents to purchase food which has helped provide roughly 97,344 meals per day to those who otherwise cannot afford it. According to Feeding America; a national food donation organization of which Gleaners Food Bank is a member, one in six Americans struggle with hunger. What better gift to give this Holiday season than a meal to someone in need? If you’re not sure where your local food bank is located, check here or you can use Feeding America’s gift catalog to give online.

We encourage you to do what you can to help others this Holiday Season. We find it extremely rewarding. We’re sure you will, too.


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Happy Holidays on a Budget

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Holiday season often leads to steep spending. From holiday travel to gift giving to family vacations, expenses during the Holidays can quickly and easily spiral out of control. Since it’s that time of year again, the 5-hour ENERGY® team put together 5 tips that can help you save money during the 2012 Holiday season.

Know your financial limits
The first step to saving during the Holidays is to know how much money you have to spend then committing to that budget. If you don’t have enough money to buy gifts for your entire family, communicate that to them. Offer a budget-friendly alternative to buying gifts for each family member, such as a Secret Santa gift exchange. This reduces the cost of buying multiple gifts to only buying one gift. Being honest with what you can and cannot afford is a simple way to eliminate much post-Holiday financial stress.

Make a list and stick to it
Once you know your financial limits, the next thing to do is map out how you are going to spend your available Holiday budget. Physically write down what gifts you plan on buying for friends and family, how much you will spend on food if you are having a family meal, travel costs, and any other expenses you will have. Sticking to a list will help keep you from buying unnecessary additional items and spending money that you don’t have.

Keep track of what you spend
If you’re looking to save money during the Holidays, it’s vital to keep a running total of how much you are spending.  Unexpected expenses can creep up, especially during the Holidays. From extra wrapping paper to a gift for the mailman, it’s important to be aware of where your money is going. Keep a notebook in your car or create a list on your phone of all the Holiday spending you’re doing so when you revisit your budget you can factor in all the expenses.

Be careful with credit cards
Besides sticking to your list, another helpful way to stick to your Holiday budget is by using cash. Cash is a simple way to keep track of how much you spend- you start off with a certain amount of money and when it’s gone, it’s gone! For those looking to control Holiday spending, cash is a great alternative to credit cards because you physically see how much you are spending and how much of your budget remains.  

Shop early
Waiting until the last minute to do Holiday shopping can be a complete nightmare. You have to deal with huge crowds of people, long lines and unnecessary stress. More time shopping means less time with friends and family. If you wait until the last minute to do your Holiday shopping, you are more likely to buy what is in front of you, regardless of the cost, due to fatigue. Shopping early gives you the time to think about what you want to shop for and compare prices at different stores.

These are just a few simple ways for you to save this Holiday season, but because it’s the season of giving, we’ll throw in an extra tip; give the gift of 5-hour ENERGY®! Happy Holidays from the 5-hour ENERGY® team to you!

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