How to care for your body in the new year

A new year often means people set themselves a few new years resolutions. Some people will be successful in sticking to these, whereas others won’t. I’ve been at both ends of this experience.

For many years I vowed to lose weight at the start of a new year. I told myself that I’d ditch the takeaways, cook healthy food from scratch and I’d exercise. Most years I’d start well, but by February I usually found myself going back to my old ways and failing.

2017 however was the year that I actually to stuck my new years resolution of loosing weight and getting active. I’m not sure why I was inspired and motivated enough to actually stick to it that year, perhaps because that’s the year I turned 30, who knows, but I did, and it’s the best thing I ever did. I lost two stone, and went from struggling to run 1 kilometre to completing two half marathons. I’m even running London Marathon in April this year! You see, anything is possible when you put your mind to it.

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Here are a few tips to help you care for your body this new year

Set a goal

Having a goal gives you something to aim for. Perhaps you want to lose weight, start a new exercise class, run 5k or be able to swim a few lengths of the swimming pool. Knowing where you want to go can actually help you get there.

What do you need?

If your goal is to be healthier you may want to look into a gym membership, perhaps some decent trainers or proper nutrition. Websites like Amrita Nutrition, your local sports shop and local gym can help you find what your looking for.

Set a date

Now that you know what you want to achieve and have everything you need to do this, it’s time to set a date. Whether it be tomorrow or in one weeks time, set a date and stick to it. It’s always best to into a new challenge prepared, instead of just telling yourself that you’ll start again tomorrow.

Keep a journal

When I was loosing weight, I found keeping a journal of my progress really helpful. It was especially good to look back on to see how far I’d come. This doesn’t need to be a special notebook, it could just be a case of writing it down on the notes section of your phone etc. I also found that by keeping a note of my progress it kept me accountable.

Finally

No challenge is ever easy. If you slip up that’s ok. It’s normal. Just start again the next day. Good luck!

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