Friday, December 31, 2021
It's that time of year again when the New Year's resolutions are out in full force. Many of us are looking to recover from the overindulgence of December, with goals like losing weight, stopping smoking, and reducing alcohol intake being top of the list. This has also been yet another "unprecedented" year and hopefully the last! Many of us will be working at home and not being as active as we would like to be. We haven't seen friends and family as much as normal and some of us have got into a pattern of not seeing people any more.
Stay safe, get your booster, test before you meet people but get active and make contact with friends and family. Set some goals for yourself and share them.
Succeeding at these resolutions can sometimes be tricky, especially when the goals set can seem like unattainable, huge tasks. The key to succeeding is break those resolutions down, setting smaller goals, and celebrating every time you reach one of those small victories. The smaller the goal, the easier to achieve, and the more likely you are to continue with consistent optimism.
Here we take a look at some of the common New Year's resolution health goals, and how to successfully tackle them this January.
1. Losing weight
Depending on how much weight you want to lose it can seem like quite a daunting task. So, instead of deciding to overhaul your entire diet immediately, make some small changes, swapping certain foods for healthier alternatives. This will allow you to gradually get used to your new diet. For example, switch full-fat milk to skimmed milk, change white breads for wholegrain and choose leaner meats, such as turkey. By making smaller changes to your every day diet, your weight loss goal will seem easier and even more achievable.
2. Stopping smoking
Quitting smoking can seem like an enormous challenge, but with the right help it can certainly be acheived. To kick start your smokefree lifestyle there is a free local Stop Smoking Service near you that you can take advantage of. Studies show that you're four times more likely to quit with help. They can let you know all about nicotine replacement products, which will help to make your journey to a smoke free lifestyle even smoother. Find out more here.
3. Reduce alcohol
The festive season can encourage many people to drink in excess, causing weight gain and other serious health issues. If you want to cut down your alcohol intake be sure to be aware of what is an acceptable amount of alcohol, and the amount of units you are consuming in comparison to that. Accurately understanding your alcohol intake can enable you to make positive steps towards reducing your consumption. You might also want to consider trying a few drink-free days each week.
4. Getting fit
Along with weight loss goals, many people find that they want to get more active in the New Year, with some people choosing to take up new hobbies such as running or cycling. The gym can seem like a daunting prospect to some people, so if you are hoping to get fit, but would like to be better prepared before that first, big gym visit, why not try alternative exercise plans. The Couch to 5k program is favoured by many as a starting point for running, and it allows you to gradually build up and achieve smaller goals to keep you motivated.