Set yourself up for a healthy 12 months with these top tips
If your New Year’s resolutions are to become fitter and healthier, then make them part of a healthy lifestyle.
There’s no point setting a New Year’s resolution if, once the hangover and post-festive remorse wears off, you’re not going to stick to it,” says Wendy Powell, a personal trainer and founder of the MuTu System.
Instead, Wendy suggests setting small goals throughout the year. “Make them realistic, do-able and most of all sustainable,” she says. “This will enable you to see big health benefits as they become habits, instead of short-term fitness or diet fads.”
Top tips for a healthy year
Eat a well balanced diet
“Start each morning with a healthy breakfast, eat fresh fruit and vegetables every day and include lean protein with every meal,” advises Wendy. “Drink more water, and limit take-outs, booze or ready meals to once a week max.”
Supplement support: Multivitamins could help to ensure your body is getting all the essential nutrients it needs.
Take up exercise
“The best thing you can do for your health is move more,” says Wendy. “That doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. Trainers and for women, a good sports bra, are all you need to start an exercise programme, follow a workout video or join a class.”
Supplement support: Glucosamine could help to relieve aches and pains in your joints after exercise. It occurs naturally in our body, but as we get older our body’s supply needs topping up.
Cut out junk food
“Eating junk food is just a habit. It doesn’t taste good and doesn’t do you any good either,” says Wendy. “So identify your temptations. It might be wine, chocolate, takeaway food or carbonated drinks. Cut down gradually to once or week or not at all.”
Supplement support: CLA is an omega 6 fatty acid which, if combined with a healthy balanced diet and exercise, could help to shift those stubborn pounds.
Set long-term goals
“Don’t set yourself up to fail. You’re not going to drop two dress sizes or run a marathon by the 1st of February, so set long-term goals, then break them down,” advises Wendy. “Set small targets on the scales, clothes to fit into, or distances to run, then reward yourself (but not with food!)”
Supplement support: Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that our bodies need for brain health. It can help our focus and concentration, and could also reduce the risk of heart disease.
“Stress and fatigue make you fat,” says Wendy. “So learn to relax, sleep and chill out or you’ll never drop those unwanted pounds!”
Supplement support: Valerian SleepAid is a traditional herbal medicine that has been proven to help you get a good night’s rest.
Wendy Powell is founder and CEO of The MuTu System, a pregnancy and postnatal personal training programme.