Every year, millions of people around the world set themselves New Year’s Resolutions. According to a YouGov poll, the most popular resolutions this year were to eat more healthily, exercise more and save more money. All very familiar – but how do we increase the chances of actually sticking to them?
When the Quality Street have finally run out, you can turn your attention to healthier eating habits in 2019. While a well-intentioned goal, it’s quite a general statement. So break it down into bite-sized aims such as these healthy eating tips:
Reduce sugar. The NHS recommends only 5% of our daily calories should come from sugar. You can help achieve this by cutting down on processed foods, cooking from scratch and of course cutting out biscuits, cakes and chocolates.
Eat more prebiotics. The emerging health heroes of science, prebiotics promote the growth of natural bacteria in your gut. Good sources are bananas, onions, leeks, soybean and wholewheat bread.
Meal Plan. This is a serious game changer. If you plan your weekly menu ahead of time you can stay organized with nutritious meals and snacks, spend less money and save time.
You’ve got the motivation to exercise more – now you need to find some way of sticking to your good intentions:
Smaller goals. Set realistic goals in the form of small steps. You could start with moving your body more everyday in any way. NEAT can help you achieve this. Or you could commit to 2 minutes of HIIT every day.
Have fun. Doing exercise that truly makes you happy seems less like work and more like fun. If you hate lifting weights, don’t force yourself to do it just because you want to make a resolution.
Try something new. The New Year is the perfect time for stepping out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s mixing up your current routine or trying out a completely new class, becoming comfortable with feeling uncomfortable could be the key to fitness success.
Being organized with your finances will help all areas of your life. A good budgeting app is worth its weight in gold. Try Mint or YNAB to help you save money and stop overspending. And don’t forget to take advantage of our great value gym passes to help reduce spending while you increase your fitness.
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interestingly these are the same as my three resolutions. I'm not surprised they're the most popular. The problem is, mine tend to be the same ones each year!
I'm going simple and fun with exercise this year, which means going for outdoor runs, doing weights at the gym and that's pretty much it - all without a fitbit!. But I will enjoy it more, so I'm hoping that will make me stick to it more.
Eating more prebiotics is a good idea as I know it's an up and coming area of health. Good one to add to the (ever-increasing) list!
it's possible that 'stop smoking' is so obvious that it isn't listed - also the rise of vaping means that there are probably many fewer smokers, I certainly don't come across so many.
Interesting that stop smoking has dropped off the list. We are all a lot healthier as a nation these days I think. Which means we need to focus on no.3: save more money for our old age as we live longer ;)