Wednesday, 19 December 2012

New Year, New You?

It may be too early to be thinking about your New Years Resolutions and making plans for yourself, but why not make a start now? While January is only round the corner, and time is passing quickly, January 1st may not be the best time to start making changes. I say, why not start now? Today. Don’t wait for tomorrow or a Monday, or the New Year, because waiting until the ‘right time’ will only stop you from doing what you can achieve today.

If you have a resolution, for example, to get fit and healthy, go to the gym 4 times a week, and start eating healthily, then making a New Years Resolutions for yourself and not actually doing what you set out to do, isn’t going to help you. New Years Resolutions usually last 2 weeks max! And when you give up, and return to your normal life, it could lead to disastrous results, such as bad dieting, which will not only have bad consequences for your health but will leave you feeling like a failure. The best way to approach this is to make small permanent changes in your day to day life, which will have permanent results. So for this to work, you don’t have to wait for the New Year to come, start today.

To kick-start your life into gear and make a healthier you, follow these 5 simple steps:

1) To get a restful sleep make sure that before you go to bed, stay away from or turn off the TV set, Computer, Laptop, Phone. This will limit the distractions around you and let your brain unwind.

2) Get in 30 minutes of exercise a day, anything from stretching to running, will do the job in raising your heart rate and working up a sweat!

3) To wake you up in the mornings, blast cold water for 30 seconds after you have showered, as this will make you feel wide awake!

4) Take the stairs!

5) Eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, (or more, there is no limit!) as this will give all the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs.

If your New Years Resolutions are the same as last years, (or the year before that) and you find it hard to keep on track of the plans you make for yourself, then instead of giving up, follow these simple steps to a new you, by starting today!

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