New Years ResolutionsIn 2016 fifty four percent of Australians surveyed made New Year's Resolutions about their health and fitness and according to past statistics only 42% of this number were able to keep their New Year's resolution.

With odds like that it makes you wonder why try at all? We often shoot to high or beyond our physical abilities, making us give up before we even begin.

This year we would like to challenge you to yes, set yourself some goals but be realistic in those goals, taking into account your current physical state and giving yourself time to make sustainable and lasting changes to your health and fitness in 2017.

Top 5 Tips to a Healthier New Year's Resolutions in 2017:

  1. Rearrange your pantry. This may seem silly but when we are hungry and on the hunt for a snack, if that packet of biscuits is sitting front and centre in the pantry then what do you think we are going to reach for? This is a simple change you can make that can help make better choices. Rearrange the fridge to put the more unhealthy food to the back and the fruits and veggies in eye sight.
  2. Keep moving. If you are capable of doing so, stay active, and by that we don't mean start running marathons, although that would not be a bad thing. Whether you are retired and at home all day or you are sitting at a desk from 9 to 5, studies have shown that sedentary lifestyles are not good for our health. Get that blood pumping by going for a short walk around your house or in your neighbourhood and if you are stuck at the office check out these 'deskercises'.
  3. Set trackable goals instead of general resolutions. Meaning, set yourself goals with deadlines of achievement rather than just signing up for the gym in 2017. Although signing up for the gym is a great step, set yourself a goal of going at least 3 times a week.
  4. Add yoga and other stress relieving methods to your routine. Find a yoga teacher or studio that teaches a systematic approach that incorporates awareness of all aspects of your health, using postures to stretch, tone and relax the physical body, breathing practices to balance the energy in the body, meditation to calm and focus the mind and deep relaxation to reduce stress, promote healing and create a sense of well-being. If you don't feel like taking a class or it is too pricey, buy yourself a DVD to practice at home so you can bend awkwardly in the comfort of your own home.
  5. Drink more water. This is an obvious one but a very simple and effective one that can lead to better health in general. Get yourself into the habit of drinking a full glass of water first thing in the morning. We all have our own wake up routine and adding this simple step to it could improve your overall health.
There are numerous steps we can all take to better our health in small ways but the point is to pick something and stick with it, make it realistic and achievable and then once you have made that a habit, graduate to something more challenging. We hope you have a fantastic start to your 2017! Happy New Year!  

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