Whether you choose to make New Year resolutions or not, every January feels like a new beginning, ripe with possibility and opportunity.
Once the grogginess of New Year’s Eve has faded and the Christmas spirit has waned, how do you seize the momentum of the coming year and take positive steps towards the life you want to lead?
The last year has forced many of us to work from home and exercise at home – or in our local vicinity – some of you may be doing less exercise than you used to or may have fallen into bad snacking habits while working at home.
The NHS has some top tips to help you achieve your New Year health goals:
- Lose weight: start the NHS 12-week weight loss plan;
- Quit smoking: download the NHS Smokefree app for advice and a free personal quit plan;
- Get active: boost your fitness with fun and practical ideas to help you get into shape, including Couch to 5K, Strength and Flex and the NHS Fitness Studio;
- Drink less alcohol: calculate your units, get tips on cutting down, track your drinking and find out where to get help and support;
- Eat more fruit and veg: whether you're cooking for a family or eating on the go, our tips and recipes can help you get your five a day.
Taking part in a healthy activity means doing anything that improves your health and wellbeing. This could be:
- going for a run
- taking part in an exercise class
- improving your sleep habits
- making time for meditation
- attending a health event
- going for a health check-up
You do not have to run a marathon. Taking any small step towards improving your mind and body counts.
We hope this will be a great way to beat the January blues and get 2022 off to the best possible start!