New Year, New You

It’s that time of year again…we set resolutions for weight loss, fitness or generally improving our health. Naturally, the new year brings renewed motivation to achieving these goals.

But come the middle of January (about now) and many fall off the wagon. By the end of the month, plans are well forgotten or overtaken by other priorities. In most cases, it’s due to setting unrealistic goals or over ambitious plans, whereas adopting small measures could be more successful.

The first step is getting into a routine which you can manage, whether it is to eat a little less, stop smoking or to exercise a little more. Most importantly, whatever challenge there is to overcome, it has to fit into your schedule otherwise, the chances of success are limited.

Keeping motivated can be the most difficult part, but this all starts with having a positive mindset, so here are a few of our tips:

Keeping fit

This can be a bit of a challenge but it is crucial to keep active, it’s not always about signing up to the gym. First get started, however simple, and get into a routine. There are plenty of home workouts, freely available on the internet. Even going for a walk, a run or at least doing 10,000 steps a day is still helping to burn those calories.

A busy timetable is no excuse!

Eating healthy

The key to a healthy lifestyle is all about being positive and having the right attitude. The simple step of maintaining a healthy diet is firstly portion control. According to the Eat Well Plate having different foods in the right quantity can contribute towards a healthy balanced diet whilst reducing the fatty and sugary food and drinks.(7)

Making healthy eating exciting can be difficult so it’s worth making it less of a chore and more fun by cooking with the children or other family members. With busy schedules, it’s all about preparation and keeping it simple. It’s surprising how quick meals take to cook.

Even if you don’t have the time, just try to avoid processed meals and overindulging on the takeaways.

Take control of your stress

Mental well-being is extremely important and the impact it can have on health is pretty striking.

Eating well has links to a positive mental health and can prevent weight gain and other health-related issues. Stress and the feeling of loss of control can have a major impact on our mental well-being. (1)(2)

Taking control of our time can be empowering as well as satisfying and carrying out simple tasks like planning, keeping a diary and learning to say ‘No’ can be beneficial.

Staying hydrated

Keeping track of fluid intake throughout the day is vital as cells and organs of the body are in constant need of liquid. It’s surprising how little we drink and how simple it is to drink the daily recommended allowance of two litres. And, it doesn’t have to be just water, tea, coffee, juice and even the odd glass of wine all count to our fluid intake. They all contribute to a glowing skin, weight loss and regulating the body’s temperature. (6)(3)

Treat yourself

Ultimately, it is all about enjoying life and so the occasional treat can be very life affirming. Whether, it’s a bit of cake, a spa treatment or special meal, in moderation, it’s all good for us. So got ahead and indulge in a bit of R&R. After a long day or week, it makes the hard work even more worthwhile.

Start the year as you mean to go on with little steps to change to a healthy lifestyle. Happy 2017!

 

References:

  1. Stress bullet point: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/reduce-stress.aspx
  2. Mental health http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/eatingwellandmentalhealth.aspx
  3. Water: https://authoritynutrition.com/how-much-water-should-you-drink-per-day/
  4. Food trends: http://www.globalfoodforums.com/food-news-bites/2016-food-trends/
  5. Water https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=why+is+water+good+for+you&oq=why+is+water+good+for+you&aqs=chrome..69i57.54313j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  6. Eat well https://www.food.gov.uk/northern-ireland/nutritionni/eatwell-guide