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New Years Resolutions to Keep Beyond January

I think we can all agree that 2020 is a year that we will be happy to see the back of. We all have hopes that 2021 will be a better year, and we are keen to make plans and make the most of our time.

Below are some ideas for very simple, achievable resolutions that will improve your health in 2021:

Stretch

If you can spend just 5 minutes a day stretching, there are loads of benefits.  Some of them are:

Increases your flexibility

Increases your range of motion

Improves your performance in physical activity

Increases blood flow to your muscles

Improves your posture

Helps to heal and prevent back pain

Great for stress relief and can calm your mind

Helps decrease tension headaches.

Walk

Walking doesn’t need any special equipment, doesn’t cost anything and can be done anywhere and at any time. It is also hugely beneficial, so try to include walking into your daily or weekly routine. Walking can help:

Burn calories

Strengthen the heart

Lower your blood sugar

Ease joint pain

Boost your energy

Improve your mood

Extend your life

Tone your legs

Drink Water

Most of us could do with drinking more water. Here are some hints to easily incorporate more water into your daily life:

Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up

Drink a glass of water before each meal

Keep a reusable bottle with you

Keep a jug on the side to monitor how much you are drinking

Set yourself a reminder to drink

Use cordial or sliced fruit or cucumber to flavour your water if you struggle to drink it plain

Replace one hot drink a day with water

If you get a headache drink water before reaching for tablets.

Try Something New

They say variety is the spice of life

It might be a different type of fitness class you haven’t done before, or one you have never heard of before.

It might be starting to swim or run.

It might be as simple as trying a fruit or vegetable you haven’t eaten before.

Try to do Less of Something Bad

A little bit of what you fancy does you good, but small reductions can benefit your health and your waistline.

Have one less alcoholic drink a week

Have one less coffee a day

Replace one dessert with fruit or low-fat yoghurt

If you take the car to the local shop, try walking

If you take the lift, try the stairs

If you fall asleep on the sofa, try going to bed sooner

This year has shown us that there is no time like the present, so if you have always wanted to try it, or have been meaning to get back to it, do it.

The most effective changes are ones that are small, manageable and sustainable. Try to not strive for too much at once. Form one habit at a time, and once that has stuck, form another one.  By the end of the year you will be amazed how much progress you will have made.

https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-stretching

https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-walking

1 thought on “New Years Resolutions to Keep Beyond January”

  1. Some fab ideas. I’m pleased to say I already do some of these things, but drinking more water and not falling asleep on the sofa are 2 resolutions I should definitely make! x

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