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For many people, a new year signals a time to start afresh – and what better occasion to consider getting healthier?
As one of the most popular New Year resolutions, many of us want to get fitter and healthier as January beckons, but this is often easier said than done. If you’re not sure where to start in your quest to achieve a healthier you, here are some tips to follow.
Set some goals
Getting healthier involves assessing your current lifestyle, fitness levels and overall health, and identifying vices or weaknesses that you need to address. This will be unique to you, as one person’s idea of getting healthier will differ from someone else. For example, getting healthier for someone could mean giving up smoking or cutting back on alcohol, while for another it might mean reducing sugar intake or spending more time down the gym.
Identify which ways you want to get healthier and set goals to achieve them. By being specific, you’ll find it easier to achieve your goals, rather than just having the vague notion that you want to improve your health.
For most people, getting healthier often means making changes to their diet. It could mean trying to eat more fruit and veg, cutting back on sugar and salt, increasing your fibre intake, or slimming down your portion sizes. For weightlifters looking to build and tone their muscles, it might mean increasing their protein intake.
Keep a record of what you eat and see where changes could be made to improve your health. Aim for getting three good quality meals per day, and scrutinise your snacking habits. It’s often when we snack that unhealthy choices are made. Keep a check on how many alcohol units you’re consuming per week. These often have a habit of sneaking up on us unawares!
If you’ve decided now is the time to kick your tobacco habit for good, well done. Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, but if you think you might struggle, don’t do it alone. There’s tons of support available out there, so speak to your GP or nurse practitioner for help and advice on quitting.
With obesity levels on the rise, many of us start the New Year looking to shed some pounds. While following a healthy diet contributes to weight loss, you won’t get very far with this alone without burning calories through exercise.
If you’re a stranger to exercise, it can be difficult to know where to start, or even to find the motivation to begin. The good news is, that no matter what your age, shape or current fitness levels, there’s an activity out there that everyone can try.
The gym or local leisure centre is a good place to start, as you can often find a wide range of activities on offer, from weightlifting machines, to exercise classes, swimming, yoga and pilates. Try a few activities out, to see what you enjoy the most.
It’s a good idea to make a workout plan, so you can schedule in when you intend to exercise and what activities you’ll do. You’re more likely to stick at your goals if they’re written down in a plan. Don’t forget to monitor your progress, too, so that you can measure how far you’re getting in achieving a healthier you.
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