New Year resolutions – lose weight, get fit, drink less, etc…..
At this time of year everyone is talking about New Year resolutions. Some have been using the phrase “New Year, New You”.
But what makes a “new you” anyway?
Possibly a slimmer, fitter you?
New Year resolutions have been described as things you resolve you will stop doing now (notably things that make you feel good), because they might make you ill in the future.
And that’s good right?
8 out of 10
After all, December 2016 Public Health England reported that 8 out of 10 of middle-aged people in the UK weigh too much, drink too much or do not exercise enough. Prof Sir Muir Gray is quoted in The Guardian as saying: “The demands of modern day living are taking their toll on the health of the nation and it’s those in middle age that are suffering the consequences most, as their [ill-]health reaches worrying new levels…..busy lives and desk jobs make it difficult to live healthily. But just making a few small changes will have significant benefits to people’s health now and in later life.”
In fact, to help people know what changes to make, Public Health England (PHE) is offering a “How Are You?” lifestyle questionnaire. It follows up with helpful tips and advice.
A Nice New Year Resolution – see friends more often.
But New Year resolutions don’t always mean giving up good things.
Sometimes the best resolutions – the ones you are more likely to keep – involve adding to the good parts of your lifestyle. Joining clubs and participating in social activities can be just as important as fitness.