Seek a healthy balance for 2017

December 30 2016

ARE you ready to take on 2017? Is this going to be your year?

ARE you ready to take on 2017? Is this going to be your year? 

Last week I sat in a local cafe and listened to two mums talking about how 2017 was going to be their year of getting fit and how by April they were to run a marathon and drop a good deal of weight.

I could hear the excitement in their voices at what lay ahead and was inspired by their energy, but at the same time felt their expectations were extremely high.

You see the one word that was missing in the conversation was ‘balance’, the key word that will make targets achievable.

So how can you take a balanced approach to a healthier lifestyle and make your goal become a reality this forthcoming year?

nSmall changes – yes these changes can often make the biggest impact. Start walking – stop driving – be honest with yourself – how many times do you take your car out for a five-minute journey, when it would have actually been quicker walking than trying to find a parking space. Not only are you helping yourself/your children but also your environment. Stop using the lifts and start using the stairs, start parking further away in the car parks, start moving.

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Snack replacements – say goodbye to salt and sugary snacks and say hello to fruit and vegetable snacks – not only are they full of essential vitamins they are actually cheaper.

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Exercise – find one you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it, it simply will not last. You are giving up your valuable time and quite often your well earned money, so make sure it is for you and makes you feel great.

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 Rest - work hard, play hard but rest well; it’s essential. Do you need to keep your phone on next to your bed?

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 Plan – my favourite word! Plan your week, your meals, your exercise, your recreational activities – it will make your life easier and it will be easier for you to stay on track.

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Support – I can guarantee if you want to make a fresh start and start to lead a healthier lifestyle that some of your family/friends will too. Build your support network.Find something you enjoy as a family – adventurous walks – it costs nothing.

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Make it work for you. The biggest excuse people will use is ‘I don’t have time’; it simply is that, an excuse. If you want to make a change badly enough you will find the time.  Try walking up and down your stairs five times while the kettle is boiling.

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A positive mind creates a positive attitude – you can do this and you will!

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Never done exercise before and would like some financial support to kick-start your journey? Check out Sportspound – they provide free vouchers for many sports activities across South Gloucestershire (email sportspound@southglos.gov.uk or call  01454 865821 to get your free vouchers).

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Come along to your local friendly Zumba Fresh class instructed by myself and Sam King. Find us on Facebook at Karen Sam Zumba

Karen Davis