1. Get Outdoors – If you resolve to do one thing this year make it to find time to enjoy the great outdoors. Even a 20 minute walk in your lunch hour will make all the difference. So many of us only see daylight in the fraction of a minute between the front door and the car and exposure to daylight will make you healthier and happier.
2. Eat more that’s raw – There used to be a saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away and it is definitely true that the more raw fruit and veg we can squeeze into our diets the more likely we are to feel energised.
3. Take the stairs – Keeping active is good for the body and mind, helping to reduce aches and pains and improve general wellbeing. Take the stairs instead of the lift or pick the parking spot that’s furthest away from the office door.
4. Think well – A positive attitude has an impact on your health as well as your mind. Think good thoughts and take time to recognise the things that are going well in your life.
5. Drink more water – Experts recommend eight glasses a day so make sure there’s always one on your desk or a jug on the table at mealtimes. Being well hydrated will make your feel more alert.
6. Change habits – Think carefully about how you can overcome your weaknesses, whether these are smoking, chocolate or something else entirely.
7. Take up a hobby – Have you always wanted to learn how to paint with watercolours or play golf? Now is the time to make enquiries about courses or clubs nearby so that you can take the first step towards realising that goal.
8. Find time for exercise – There’s no need to spend loads of money on expensive gyms and personal trainers, unless you really want to. Instead, find something that fits into your routine. Even just a half hour walk round the block once a day after your evening meal will have a big impact on your health.
9. Do something different – If the winter months are becoming a bit of a drag why not do something totally different to kick start your creativity. Get away for a weekend and explore somewhere you’ve never been to before or indulge yourself in a new hairstyle or outfit.
10. Have a laugh – Laughing stimulates the levels of health-enhancing hormones including endorphins so it really is healthy to have a good time.
These resolutions are intended to provide you with some ideas to make 2012 a happy and healthy year. Changing the your attitude towards being healthy and giving yourself realistic goals will help you make small changes that really will make a big difference to the way you feel.
Good luck with your health resolutions!
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