Are you sticking to your New Year's resolutions?

Monday, 26 January 2015

As we near the end of the first month of 2015, I wonder how many of us are struggling to keep up those health goals we said we would stick to?

I'm doing pretty good and have really cut down on alcohol and junk food and I've also increased the amount of exercise I do - so far so good!

A rare treat now!
If like me 10 years ago, one of your goals was to give up or cut down on smoking, you should consider electronic cigarettes as a smart and healthier alternative. These weren't around when I quit cold turkey but I wish they had been! Not only are they better for you health wise, they don't leave a bad smell on your clothes and are more socially acceptable as no evidence has shown that the vapour produced by them is harmful to others. They won't stain your teeth and the cost after initial purchase is much lower than regular cigarettes. The benefits speak for themselves - so what are you waiting for? 

You'll probably find that once you start using e-cigarettes, those other goals will become easier to obtain. The health benefits will mean you can exercise easier so getting down to the gym for a class, having a swim, or going out for that run won't be as difficult, particularly with your lungs a little clearer! 

If one of your goals was to lose a bit of weight, more exercise will obviously help and so too will a more balanced diet. Keep an eye on your calorie intake, perhaps by using a smartphone or online app that can track your daily amount. That way you can assess when you are allowed that little treat of a chocolate bar or slice of cake! 

If cutting down your alcohol intake was a goal, try and set yourself a weekly limit and stick to the recommended weekly alcohol units intake. When socialising with friends, suggest doing fun activities on a Saturday afternoon such as a pilates class, a visit to a gallery or check out the latest film together. Soon enough, your energy levels will soar, you will concentrate better at work and your skin will most definitely thank you for it.

Try and remember why you set these goals and made these resolutions in the first place. Did you want to get a better body, get fitter to enter an event, or just generally want to feel the benefits of a healthier lifestyle? Visualise how you could look and feel in a few months' time if you stick to your goals, and remember that small steps are fine. You don't need to run a marathon tomorrow! Just a small change each day can make a huge difference in time - whether that's getting the stairs at work rather than taking the elevator or saying no to indulgent food, it all adds up to creating a healthier and happier you! 

Good luck and let us know how you are getting on!