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www.shape.com, www.menshealth.com

According to a HiAspire.com compilation of 16,000 resolutions, the two most popular New Year’s resolutions are to exercise more (18 per cent) and to diet (15 per cent). Studies have shown that good health is not a matter of moving more or eating less, but a combination of moving and eating better. The above sites are full of health tips and articles on everything from exercising to eating more healthfully, taking into account the fact that you probably don’t have a selection of Nautilus machines at home or two hours to spend in the kitchen every night. The articles often take a holistic approach, matching exercises with proper stretching and a proper diet to match the level of intensity. Whatever your health goal – whether it’s being able to touch your toes or the ability to crack walnuts on your washboard stomach – there is something in one of these sites for you. By the way, Shape is a woman’s magazine and Men’s Health is not.

www.moneyminded.com

If you’re like me, a penny saved is just another penny waiting to be blown. Right behind exercising and dieting, sitting at 12 per cent on the HiAspire.com site, is the promise to save money. Although this is easier said than done living in a town like Whistler, where the high cost of living is surpassed only by the high cost of gear, MoneyMinded.com helps out by calculating a budget for you, reviewing investment strategies, and suggesting innovative new ways to keep it in your pants.

www.aa.org

This is the official website of the AA. I know what you’re thinking: I never fly American Airlines, because they have better booze on Continental. But this AA is for people who have a problem with drinking or drugs to the extent that it is affecting their lives, their jobs, their friends and their families. While Alcoholics Anonymous is not everyone, it is definitely for anyone, regardless of your addiction, your race, your religion, your age, your gender or your lifestyle. A good friend of mine, an occasional social drinker who used to go a little overboard once and a while, went through the program and he’s happier, healthier, and finally doing something productive with his life. While I’m lucky that I don’t suffer from an addictive personality (hot sauce and Playstation aside) if I ever thought that I was developing one, I would have no problem following in my friend’s footsteps. Who knows? Maybe I’d wind up hanging out with an ex-member of Guns N’ Roses.

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