New Year New You: Health Resolutions You Should Seriously Consider

2018 is on its way, and many of you will be considering your new year resolutions. Inevitably, many of these will be around your health, especially as your diet and exercise plans will take a nosedive over the Christmas period. Another helping of turkey anybody? The start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to focus on your life, and while resolutions are difficult to maintain, it’s still worth picking those things that are worth sticking with, especially when it comes to looking after your mind and body. 

To help you make a start, consider adding the following to your list of resolutions for 2018 to get healthier

Exercise More

After sitting on the sofa for extended periods (probably) over the festive period, your body will be craving more exercise. Unfortunately, reaching for the remote control to switch over to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ for the umpteenth time won’t suffice. So, where to start? Well, our advice is to begin the new year with an exercise plan for both indoors and outdoors. Considering the weather outside, you may need that backup for an indoor plan, as the wind and snow will scupper your plans for a morning jog immediately. 

Do something you will enjoy. We advocated the yin and yang of yoga and cycling on our site, which will suit both your indoor and outdoor exercise plans, but do something you are going to stick too. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, but you are going to give up early if you focus on something laborious. If you find it difficult to get motivated, enroll your family and friends to spur you on and to take part in exercise with you. 

Lose Weight 

You will probably need to lose a bit of weight after Christmas, so now is the time to begin a healthier eating plan. Again, this has to be enjoyable, otherwise, you won’t stick to the plan for long, so find nutritional foods you enjoy eating. Adding peas to your dinner plate, for example, is no good if you hate the little green balls of goodness. There are loads of healthy recipes online, so you are bound to find something you like. Then cut down on the foods that are bad for you. This includes unhealthy takeaways. If you really can’t be bothered to cook, you can order low-calorie meals to be delivered straight to your door, rather than yet another pizza or burger, no matter how tasty they are. 

Quit Bad Habits 

Bad habits are addictive, so it’s no wonder we find it difficult to give them up. Smoking is the worst, due to the addictive effects of nicotine, but there may be other habits that you are struggling with. Quite often, we fall into bad habits due to external factors in our life. A bad day at work, for example, may cause you to reach for that cigarette or glass of wine to help you deal with the emotional fallout of your day. Do this regularly, and it becomes a habit that will become difficult to break. So, how can you quit them? For starters, read the advice here, and then consider speaking to your doctor or a counselor to help you get to the bottom of your why you fall into bad habits. Seek support from those around you as well, to encourage you in your attempts to live without the things that are doing you harm. With a little help and a positive attitude, you will break the habitual cycle. 


The above are resolutions that are worth sticking with, but if you fall back into old ways, you don’t need to wait until 2019 to start again. Staying healthy is a priority at any time of the year, so pick yourself up if you fall down, and start again as soon as you can. 

We wish you a happy and healthy 2018.

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