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01 Aug 2017

It’s a new year and so it’s a great time for a fresh approach to boosting your fitness and health levels - for a healthier, happier you.

Here are some tips that I found helped me. You don’t have to adopt all of them at once - just ease into a healthier lifestyle like I did; I’ve found the all-or-nothing-approach tends to overwhelm rather than motivate people. So just start by choosing some things that resonate with you and give them a go. Make sure you share these health goals with a friend too and then you can start a health journey together. You can also keep each other accountable

Getting fit the fun way

Choose a fitness activity you enjoy and commit to doing it 2-3 times weekly. If you enjoy it then you will be inspired to do it more. The “fun factor” is a key to sustainable fitness.

Follow some health-focused social media sites for extra motivation. I run the website inspiredhealth.co.nz and social media platforms and my aim is to inspire Kiwis to live a healthier lifestyle. I love connecting with Kiwis here who are on a similar journey. You guys inspire me too. So make sure you follow the Inspired Health’s Facebook page and Instagram.

Ease into exercise slowly. Don’t be too hard on yourself in the beginning. It takes time to build up strength and to get into it. It’s better too for your body if you don’t do too much too soon.

Clean eating and regular water intake

Try and cut back on things that don’t serve your body well like too much sugar, alcohol and caffeine. For example, I’ve quit sugar now in my coffee but it was a slow process of using a sweetener and then I gradually went without it in my latte. Now I love my coffee without sugar. I have one coffee daily by the way - and I savour it. Eat more greens like spinach, kale and broccoli. You will “feel” better when your body is fuelled well.

Drink 2L of water daily. If you are unsure if you are drinking the right amount each day then try filling a 2L jug and put it in the fridge. Every time you open your fridge this will be a visual reminder of your water intake.

Goal setting, goal getting

Commit to a goal as this is a great motivator. One great beginner goal might be to walk or run an event at the Wellington’s Cigna Round the Bays on February 21. Just choose a goal that works for you and that you wish to achieve.

Develop a “can do mindset”. Positive thoughts help to power healthy habits.

Check out the Cigna Facebook page for more healthy tips,

Further reading

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