New Year’s Resolution Ideas - January 2016

Many of us do it year after year: we come up with great big plans on how we’re going to be fitter, healthier and better this coming year. How many of these ideas/goals and dreams end up being discarded before the end of February? This year, why don’t you set yourself up for victory with extremely attainable resolutions that are also good for your health? We have listed three different yet achievable ideas below to get you started.

1. Make small changes

Sometimes little things often make the most impact. Instead of setting a massive health or fitness goal that sends you way out of your comfort zone, why don’t you commit to small changes here and there? Things like switching from full cream to skim milk in your coffee/cereals, taking one flight of stairs before you get onto the elevator or escalator at work or the shops; slowly cutting down the size of your meals can make a big difference over time too. Focus on enjoying every mouthful you eat to bring back your enjoyment of good food. Having a bigger breakfast and cutting down on night time meals can make a big difference over time too. Before you know it, you may drop some kilos or reduce your cholesterol by a few points. These are minor changes that you’ll probably not even notice, but they all do add up to make a healthier you!

2. Get health organised

It’s easy to forget about the prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and supplements you have lingering in your medicine cabinet. Make the goal today to dust off all those bottles, check if they have expired and remove any that have passed the expiry date.
Do you still have old medication or cold and flu medicine that expired years ago sitting in your cabinets? These medicines aren’t doing you any good sitting around, and they certainly shouldn’t be in your body if they’ve expired! It is also a good time to get rid of anything else that’s outdated, contact lenses and what about your sunscreen, has that passed its use by date? Taking a record of these items will not only get your cabinets organised, but it will also help you avoid accidentally using anything old or expired when the next need arises.

3. Use your benefits

Just like a car needs a service to maintain optimum efficiency, so too do our bodies.

If you pay for health insurance or extras insurance, be aware of your entitlements and use them to help you stay on top of your annual check-ups. Staying well is a better approach than getting well. Your body will thank you for it.

A new year gives you the opportunity to start with a clean slate and to make positive changes in your life. Things as simple as going to the chiropractor, dietician or doctor for a regular check-up or cleaning out your medicine cabinet may make a bigger impact than you’d think. You’ll be well on your way to a healthy year!

"Little by little, a little becomes a lot." Tanzanian Proverbs.

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