David Roche MSc Pg Dip BSc HNC CSCS
Most of us start the New Year with some ideas of how we will change our lives for the better. Here are some tips for a better lifestyle and healthier outlook for the coming year.
Be proactive about your health.
Take time to listen to the advice of health care professionals and seek treatment for niggling issues before they become bigger.
Aim to be a little bit more active every week.
You can include any kind of activity, just try to move a little bit more each week. There is nothing more disheartening than starting a new hobby and increasing your program too quickly only to develop an injury that sets you back. Pace yourself with the view of realistically maintaining your new activity.
Take the advice of health professionals.
Physiotherapists know only too well that their advice is not always taken seriously. Unfortunately, some conditions do take hard work and time to resolve. Quick fixes only exist for relatively few conditions and the reality is that problems that develop over a few months don’t usually resolve overnight. Follow your physio’s advice for best outcomes. (And remember to do your home exercise program!)
Use exercise as a way to improve social and mental wellbeing.
While any amount of exercise will have a positive effect on your mental health, you can use a new hobby to expand your social circle and even improve self-esteem as you find yourself mastering a new skill. Try something a little different like rock climbing or skateboarding.
Pay attention to your diet.
While dietary fads are questionable in their effectiveness, there is no harm in monitoring what you are eating just a little more closely in the New Year. Remember to balance your meals with enough carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Swap sugary drinks for water.
Adequate hydration is an important part of keeping your body functioning well. Sugary drinks can also add a deceptive amount of calories to your daily intake.