The end of 2022 opens the door to a new and fresh outlook for the new year ahead. With Christmas and Boxing Day rounding out the holiday season, we can finally look forward to the new year and plan our hopes and dreams for 2023.
New year resolutions are a staple in personal development. Everyone knows that a new year resolution is a pact that everyone carries on from the moment the ball drops until the next year has come. While that may not be entirely true, the idea of a fresh start with positive intentions is the perfect mindset to enter into the new year with.
Here’s a list of ways that your home can help you stay on top of your resolution.
Here’s the cold hard truth — buying into a gym membership is the #1 reason why people drop their fitness-focused new year resolutions earlier than they’d hoped. Why? Because the gym is terrifying. Between new machines designed to exercise muscles you didn’t even know existed and intimidating gym frequents, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and revert back to a life of minimal exercise and broken dreams. What if we told you there’s a way to exercise from the comfort of your home without professional equipment?
The upside of embarking on a fitness journey is the fact that everything you do in your day-to-day life presents the opportunity for quality exercise. Whether you are shoveling snow or cleaning the house, your body is being pushed, tested and stretched in new ways that promote a healthier lifestyle.
Here’s some fun ways to get reps in anytime of the day.
Sofa Seated Crunches
Sit on the edge of your sofa and place your hands on the cushions.
Leaning back slightly with your legs extended, bend your knees and raise your legs towards your chest.
Extend your legs back out and repeat.
If you’re looking for the perfect sofa to complement your living room style plus function as a premium yoga mat, the Huxley Stationary Sofa features a classic leather look that’s easy to clean after hard workouts.
Place your left foot on the chair with your toes touching the surface while your right foot remains under your shoulders for balance.
Bend your right knee slowly up and down in a lunging motion.
Repeat on the other leg.
Searching for the perfect accent chair for company plus a great workout tool? The Brown Bales Accent Chair is low to the ground, made with distressed faux leather, and offers great functionality for any room in the house.
Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post featuring a full home workout walkthrough coming to the Dufresne blog in the new year.
The holiday season is a rough go for healthy eating but it also provides a master class in will power. Are you mentally tough enough to stay away from seconds or will you crumble like the cookie remnants that line your dad’s ugly Christmas sweater? The answer should always be the latter because that’s what the holidays are all about—giving in to your holiday desires and then setting a goal to get back on course in the new year.
Here are a few ways our products can help you chart your course to a healthy 2023.
Life’s Better with an Air Fryer
If you haven’t hopped on the Air Fryer wagon, we have a seat open for you.
Deep frying food in oil is a North American tradition but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way to enjoy crispy crunchy goodness. Air Fryers provides the same crunch without the need for oil which cuts calories and provides added health benefits such as less fat and no harmful additives.
But what about the taste? Taste is subjective but the taste is consistent with the fried flavours that you know and love. If your ever skeptical ask a fellow air fryer owner and their long-winded praise filled with recipe suggestions should tell you everything you need to know about the difference in taste.
Get the best of both worlds with our KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fryer and make life easier in the kitchen. With the No-Flip Air Fry Basket and 360° Air Fry System it's easy to make everything from crispy Brussels sprouts to delicate fish and so much more. Happy air frying!
Smoothies are the Earth’s way of showing us that eating healthy can be sweet too! If you’re starting a diet you are probably exploring smoothie options as they are a great way to transition from junk food to a healthy eating. Like everything, smoothies are only healthy in moderation and when mixed with the right ingredients.
Here’s a healthy smoothie recipe:
Avocado – chop up and freeze for optimal texture and flavour
Banana – preferably a ripe banana for optimal taste and sweetness
Mango – chop up and freeze for optimal texture and flavour
Baby spinach – substitute baby spinach with leafy greens like kale, chard, beet greens or collard
Milk or milk alternative – the best milk for this recipe is coconut milk but use as you desire
Hemp hearts or chia seeds
Assemble all your ingredients.
Combine everything in the blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into your favourite glass and enjoy!
If you are embarking on a healthy diet journey, we suggest investing in a blender that suits your needs. Our Cuisinart 1 Peak HP Compact Blender can break down whole fruits and vegetables in the streamlined BPA Free 32 oz jar and mince herbs and spices in the 8 oz BPA Free chopper cup for delicious nutrient-filled juices and smoothies. Happy blending!
If health and wellness are not on the top of your priority list than improving your organization skills is probably the next up. The new year provides an opportunity to adjust, recalibrate and introduce positive change into your day-to-day and keeping your space clean is a great way to encourage a fresh start in 2023.
Here are a few products we think would make a huge difference in home organization.
Let’s start with your room. Even as adults there are probably times where you’ve tossed dirty clothes and random items without a home under your bed in an effort to quickly “clean” your room. There’s an easier option.
Our Derekson 5 Piece Storage Bed holds multiple drawers to store your quick clean-up items or your new organizational setup.
2022 created the need for effective home offices and they are not going away in the new year. Whether you are working in a hybrid workplace or completely at home, extra storage is key to staying organized in 2023.
The Hamlyn 4 Piece Package provides you with everything you need to create a stylish home office that features enough space to keep yoou on track to meet your 2023 goals.
Head into the new year with a fresh start, open mind and solid goals to acheive in the new year. Happy holidays and all the best in the new year.
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