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How To Make 2016 Your Healthiest Year Ever

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    In theory, the first of the year is the perfect date to begin working toward a happier, healthier you. The holidays have come and gone, the bûche de nöel has been eaten, and you're finally finished with traveling all over to meet family. It's time to make your resolution to take better care of yourself a reality — you know, in addition to calling grandma once a week and making your bed every single morning.

    While we hate to toss a wrench in this, the reality stands: It's also the winter. Not only is getting out of R & R mode a real undertaking, but the bitter temps happening in parts of the country aren't exactly beckoning us to go on those three-mile runs. Quickly, our well-meaning healthy-living resolutions begin to pale in comparison to the temptation of hibernating until April with slightly stale Christmas cookies.

    With this in mind, we've put together an 11-piece tool kit that makes getting (and staying!) on a healthy track in the new year a breeze. Start by downloading a meditation app, slipping on a Microsoft Band to monitor your daily exercise and sleep patterns, and buying the most handy water bottle of all time. With just a little help, you'll find that 2016 is ready for the taking.


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    Packing your gym bag the night before is, no doubt, a chore. But if you're going to have to schlep your shoes, shorts, towel, and antiperspirant to work, you might as well do it in a bag you want to carry. Go for a roomy backpack with structured interior pockets for hair bands and extra socks.

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    Decrease stress levels while you commute (yes, it's possible) by tuning into Andrew Johnson's guided meditations. We melt into a puddle at the very mention of his "Power Nap" track.

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    Pop on the sleek Microsoft Band, and track not only your daily step count, but also your heart rate and sleep quality. What's more, you can also check your texts, email, and calendar on-the-go — a real help in your resolution to stop being perpetually 15 minutes late, too.

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    Kiss rummaging goodbye with this cheeky all-in-one gadget. It houses pretty much every tool you could ever need, from a citrus squeezer to an avocado scooper to a veggie masher. And hey, it's a pretty cool decor touch, too.

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    After a workout session, get out the door faster (and with a pep in your step) by rubbing on an invigorating cardamom and coffee scrub. Studies show the smell of coffee alone can perk you up in the morning — or at least tide you over until you can grab a cup.