After the indulgences of the festive period, most of us feel like we should cut back on all those bad habits come New Year and get fit and healthy. Cue the rush of well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions, most of which will be in tatters long before the January is even out.
However, with a bit of careful thought and planning, your New Year’s resolutions don’t have to fall by the wayside. Instead, you can set a fantastic example for your friends, give up all your bad habits and start the year as you mean to go on.
1. Start small
Though it can be tempting to ban all of the indulgences in your life, giving up cigarettes, alcohol, chocolate and lazy mornings in front of the telly in one go is unrealistic and almost certain to fail.
Instead, pick one or two resolutions that are really important to you and focus on them. That way you’ll have a greater chance of making the changes that really matter.
2. Make life easy for yourself
Though going cold turkey is great for those with an iron will, for most of us, it’s pretty tough, so why not make life a little easier for yourself where possible?
For anyone trying to give up smoking, a fantastic way to ease the pain is to switch your traditional tobacco cigarette for an electronic cigarette. Helping you to cut out the unhealthiest part of smoking while still delivering your nicotine hit, switching to e-cigarettes is an easy and effective way to get healthy in the New Year.
3. Get into good habits
Getting into good habits is a huge part of succeeding in your New Year’s resolutions so try to work towards your goal a little bit every day. For anyone trying to get fit, this could involve walking or cycling to work instead of driving, or you could get off the bus, tube or train a stop early and walk briskly the rest of the way.
4. Buddy up
Studies have shown that having a resolution buddy will give you a much greater chance of success.
Find someone who you can report your achievements to every week or every day, that way you’ll be less likely to slip and will have someone to give you a gentle reminder if your will power starts to wane.
5. Be realistic
Though big achievements are of course fantastic, making slow, steady progress is much better than nothing at all. Once you start seeing real changes in your health and fitness levels, sticking to your resolutions will become even easier. So why not start planning the new you now and begin 2015 in style?