Living Healthier In 2014! – Live a Healthier Lifestyle

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“I want to lose weight!” “I want to eat healthier!” “I want to become more fit!”

Do you know what all of these New Year’s Resolutions have in common? They all have one ultimate goal: to live a healthier lifestyle. After all, who doesn’t want to live a healthier life? We all hear about the benefits of living healthy and want to experience it. The truth is that many of us don’t always know exactly how to achieve the often vague goal of living healthier. Surely it’s not quite as simple as exercising a few days out of the week, right? Don’t get me wrong, exercising is extremely vital. However, if we (and I include myself in this) don’t make proper lifestyle choices outside of the gym, then all of our hard work may come to naught.  So how can we live healthier in 2014 (and beyond)?

1.) Set up an exercise routine that you can follow through on. For example, if you live a busy life then setting a goal to exercise every day out of the week may not be possible. However, you should try to set aside some time each week (such as 3 days out of the week for 30 minutes to an hour each). If you haven’t already, it is critical that you at least start a routine and stick with it. There will inevitably come times when you may not feel like doing anything. That’s a natural feeling to have, but at least do something physically active on each day.

fruit-healthier2.) Watch what you eat. It would be very discouraging to become dedicated to a workout schedule just to realize you’re not losing as much weight as you would hope. The culprit can often be found in not eating right. Foods that are high in calories, fat, etc., work against your efforts. Foods that won’t work against your efforts, such as fruits and vegetables, should be an integral part of your diet. Also try baking more often than frying, and go for low-fat alternatives. And finally, always remember that eating healthier begins with shopping healthier. Shopping for healthier alternatives may take some getting used to at first but sticking with it will pay off in the long-term.

water-lose-weight3.) Watch what you drink and breathe in. We often know to watch what we eat, but how often do we really think about watching what we drink too? What about watching what we breathe in? Not much. The scary truth is this: with the amount of contaminants often found in water today, and the rise in air pollution, what we drink and breathe can do just as much damage to our bodies as eating the wrong foods can. Fortunately, this scary truth also has a simple solution: filtration. Water filters (for your refrigerator, faucet, whole home, etc.) and regularly replacing you’re A/C filter will go a long way in protecting you from harmful contaminants. Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to change your filters more often/regularly?

4.) Go green! We recently did a blog post on this very topic (check it out!). If you are anything like me, meaning that you are a novice at going green, then start off small. That can mean committing to recycling more regularly, or simply reducing waste in your home (I’m not just talking about trash, reducing water waste is important too!) Before you know it, you’ll be living green in no time.

In 2014, we can not only make ourselves healthier, but our planet can be healthier too. In what ways can you live a healthier lifestyle in 2014? We’d love to hear from you.

National Free Shipping Day 2013! – Water Filter Free Shipping

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During this busy time of year, amidst all of the running around and gift buying for others, we have good news just for you!  December 18, 2013 is National Free Shipping Day on FiltersFast.com on all orders over $75.00!

Oh the weather outside is frightful… so why not take a break from the holiday craziness and relax from the comfort of your own home?  While enjoying the peace and quiet, take advantage of this offer to stock up on replacement water and air filters, reusable water bottles , water pitchers, air purifiers and other useful items!

December 18, 2103 only, we are offering FREE economy shipping to any address within the continental United States on all orders over $75.

Visit FiltersFast.com to take advantage of the great holiday offer!

Go Green in the New Year! – Tips for Ways of Going Green

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A lot of us make New Year Resolutions each year, always having the best intentions.  Most have to do with personally bettering ourselves… becoming more fit, eating healthy, losing weight etc.  This year, in addition to personal well-being, why not consider doing something with a more global impact?  The catch phrase “Going Green” is everywhere these days and with good reason.  With 7 billion people on Earth, we need to start focusing on what we can do to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy a healthy, thriving planet.

In addition to simply trying to do the right thing, there are many ways to save money by being more environmentally conscience. The Worldwide Institute recently published a list of simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.

Recycle

  • There is little excuse these days.  Most local municipalities offer some type of pick-up or drop off service.
  • Check for specific items including plastics, paper, glass, aluminum at the minimum.
  • Keep electronics out of the trash as well, such as cell phones, computers and other E-waste.  These products contain mercury and other toxins which are a growing environmental danger. Donate them or find a recycling center.recycle-green

 

Eat and drink smarter

  • Buy local, organic meat, eggs, dairy and produce.  Visit your local farmers’ markets.
  • Eat “low” on the food chain so as to not deplete resources.  Seafood, for example, has become highly over fished leading to a dangerously low supply of certain species.
  • Don’t buy bottled water when there are so many water filtration alternatives that allow you to save money and reduce container waste. Visit Filtersfast.com for a variety of choices from filtered pitchers and water bottles, refrigerator water filters, faucet mount filters to whole house filtration systems.

Make your own cleaning supplies

  • By using a few simple sustainable ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and olive oil, to name a few, you can make your own non-toxic cleaning supplies.  There are recipes available online.
  • By making your own, you will reduce environmental pollution created by the manufacturing and disposal of chemically, mass produced cleaning supplies.

 

Save energy

  • Invest in a programmable thermostat.cfl-green-energy
  • Switch to CFL light bulbs.
  • Wash laundry in cold water (heating water uses 85% more energy).  Air dry clothes instead of using the dryer.
  • Unplug appliances when not using them or use a smart power strip. Appliances can drain energy even when turned off!

 

Save water

  • Take shorter showers and use a low-flow shower head.
  • Use a faucet aerator on each faucet.  This will keep pressure high while conserving heat and water.
  • Consider landscaping with drought tolerant plants – reducing amount of water needed.

 

Save gas

  • Enjoy the health benefits of walking or biking – this reduces cosno-car-signt of gas and parking
  • Telecommute if possible
  • Car-pool

 

Going Green in the New Year is a great way to help the environment. There are so many small things we can do that will have a positive impact. This time, when thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, consider not only bettering yourself personally, but also bettering the world we live in.  Cheers to a happy 2014!