Many of us use the momentum of the New Year to get healthy. But what does that actually look like for you? Is your desire to be in good health broken down into tangible goals or is your resolution simply to “get healthier in 2012″?

In the first of this three-part series, I will present three to four tips for you to focus on each week.  I am also going to expand the traditional meaning of good health to include that beyond food. I’ll focus on small and tangible things you can do for your physical health, career, spirit and relationships. After all, what good is it if you eat fruits and veggies all day if you are unhappy in other areas of your life? A holisitic approach is the best approach!  For added support, I will be practicing all the tips alongside you, and commenting on my progress. I hope you share your comments and experience, too!

Three things you can do each morning for better health:

1. Upon waking, drink a glass of room temperature water.  This will jump start your hydration process without shocking your system.  Your body is about 60% water and needs lots of it to function properly. Half of your body-weight in ounces is an ideal goal. (For example, if you weigh 165 pounds, you should drink 82 ounces of water.) It’s also good for getting your poops moving down the tubes! Remember, proper elimination is the key to good health.

2. Give thanks! What are your first thoughts in the morning? Do they fall into the”Oh God, I have to visit with my daughter’s principal/deal with my jerk boss/pay the damn bills” categories? Instead, think about what you are grateful for.  This will put things into perspective instantly and help you not to sweat the small stuff.  I walk past my grandmother’s altar each morning and make a quick list of what I’m grateful for. It takes 30 seconds and I am in total zen-mode!

3. Cross a small item off your to-do list BEFORE you leave the house. Wash the dishes, scoop the poop, pay a bill.  This will help you feel like you’ve already accomplished something before you get to work! By the time you get to your workspace you’ll be riding the flow of productivity.

Good luck, ladies! See you next week and let me know how it goes.