Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Year's Resolutions for a Healthy You

A new year has come once again, this means another imaginary clean slate that presents a perfect opportunity to create a list of fitness resolutions. Whether you’re new to committing to fitness, guilty of failing last year’s fitness goals, or just want to level up with your weight loss plans with the help of your personal trainer; look no further because this guide offers some quality, healthy, and active suggestions to start your year right.

1. Eat more fruit and vegetable portions
A simple yet highly effective New Year’s resolution that could really boost one’s day-to-day health. Eat the recommended portions of fruit and vegetables each day to keep your body energised with nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

2. Get a gym membership
If you really want to achieve weight loss, joining a gym or health club could be ideal for burning fat and improving your body shape. Get motivated and guided by a personal trainer.

3. Cut down on daily salt intake
High salt consumption can lead to a variety of health problems, this includes raised blood pressure and heart disease. You don’t really need to douse every meal you eat with piles of the salt.

4. Try a new sports activity
If you want to boost your fitness levels but feel the gym isn’t right for you, a new sports activity could provide a fun yet fit alternative. There are health clubs offering everything from pilates classes to boxing, it could be time to get sporty and enjoy a healthier future!

5. Curb your drinking habits
Heavy alcohol consumption can entail serious health consequences, with long-term implications including weight gain, depression, chronic sickness and not to mention an empty wallet. While social drinking is perfectly acceptable, it might be to time to reassess things if you frequently binge drink.

6. Spend more time with your family
An inexpensive way to boost your mental well-being is to enjoy more family-friendly activities. Play a board game, take a day trip or cook with the kids, a supportive family environment will make you appreciate the simple pleasures in life more readily.

7. Find more time for relaxation
If you really want to live a long and healthy life, make sure you don’t overdo your personal training. Trying to squeeze as much out of each day is one thing but missing your sleep just so you can spend an extra hour at the gym is just plain silly. Resting from exercise is vital to avoid illness so make sure you get enough.