Hello 2017! Now that the decs are down and the tree is away, have you decided that this is the year you're going to swap chocolate for fruit and fizzy for flat?
Embrace the change and make it your healthiest year yet with the help of the National Obesity Forum’s JanUary campaign.
Heart Research UK, the lead charity supporter of the campaign, is asking you to pledge to make small, sustainable changes for a healthier you. We know how easy it can be to fall back into old habits, but by joining the nation in revamping your health, you can being part of something bigger than just your own New Year’s resolution. Feeling inspired? Find out more at jan-u-ary.co.uk and read on for some of Heart Research UK’s tips to help you make a difference:
1 Be specific
Create rules for your resolution so you’re clear whether you’re sticking to it or not. Instead of saying you’ll exercise more, say you will ‘go to Zumba every Monday’ or ‘have salad for lunch at least twice per week’.
2 Keep track of your progress
Knowing how far you’ve come is a great incentive to keep going. Set smaller goals to start with, but keep pushing yourself to do a little bit more once you’re there. Keeping a diary, blog or photographs can be a great way to do this.
3 Small changes matter
Biting off more than you can chew could set you up to fail so don’t take on too much; be realistic and choose something that you’ll enjoy and that you will stick to. However…
4 Failing is part of the journey
Don’t be too tough on yourself if you have a little slip. Changing habits is hard and it’s natural to revert back to old ways. Pick yourself up and try again, remember where you started and celebrate the little victories to keep your motivation strong.
5 Don’t go it alone
Try to buddy up with others who are looking to achieve similar outcomes, but be careful not to let quitters ruin your good intentions if they drop out.