Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Incorporate Your Healthy Resolution into Daily Life

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Incorporate Your Healthy Resolution into Daily Life

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FOR most of us a new year means making the same old resolution - to get healthy.

It's easy to justify our overindulgences during the holidays with the future prospect of dainty salad lunches and sunrise gym sessions in mind for the year to come.

However when January rolls around, you're back at work and within weeks falling victim to the same old habits and using the same old excuses.

So it's no wonder a recent study conducted by the University of Bristol found about 88% of those who set new year's resolutions fail, despite initial optimism.

That's why we've chosen to look at three ways you can give a healthy new year's resolution a better chance of lasting by incorporating your new-found fitness regime into daily life.

Walk to work

It takes great discipline to deny one's self an hour or so of extra sleep in order to squeeze in an early morning gym session before work.

According to Australia's Department of Health, adults aged between 18-64 years are encouraged to undertake two and a half to five hours of moderate intensity physical activity per week.

What this translates to is half an hour of brisk walking most days of the week, making a stroll to work a healthy option that also makes the most of your time.

If you live too far from your place of work, consider parking further away and walking the rest of the way or if taking public transport, simply get off several stops earlier than usual.

Remember, any physical exercise is better than none and can reduce the risk of many health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, anxiety, depression, musculoskeletal problems, some cancers and unhealthy weight gain.

Put more thought into your eating habits

According to Holly Muggleston, a senior lecturer in food and nutrition at Southern Cross University, planning your meals more carefully can make all the difference when it comes to sticking to your healthy resolution. …

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