As Christmas approaches, 2017 is looming closer than ever and some of us may be thinking about plans for the new year. The start of a new year symbolizes the coming of Spring and a chance for a new start. Whether you had a great 2016 or whether it wasn’t one of your best years, most people make some kind of New Year’s Resolution. The concept of making resolutions at the start of the new year does have religious origins, but it has evolved into a cultural phenomenon in recent years. Nearly all of us make New Year’s Resolutions, whether we speak about them publicly or not. A common theme that runs along the resolutions is health and wellness. It’s safe to say that most of us aren’t quite as fit as we’d like to be, and some of us may even want to lose a little weight. Take a look at these common health-related New Year’s Resolutions, and what you can do to achieve your goals in 2017.

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Stopping smoking

This is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions to make, as seven out of every ten people who smoke say they want to quit. With the dawning of a new year, what better time to finally put down the cigarettes for good? However, as with anything, this is easier said than done. Cigarettes are highly addictive, and you are likely to experience both withdrawal symptoms and powerful cravings in the first few stages of giving up. Some people can go cold turkey while others rely on things like nicotine patches – there is no set path to follow. A popular way of getting off cigarettes is to switch to electronic cigarettes instead. These are useful for many people who miss the feeling of holding a cigarette in their hand, or the routine of popping out for a smoking break. You can find e-cigs everywhere these days, such as in shops in Shoreditch, and they are much better for you than normal cigarettes.


Eating better

Another very common resolution, many of us swear to overhaul our diet throughout January and the coming months. However, fast forward to mid-March and most of us have given up by then! The key to nailing your January diet is to avoid temptation and to make it a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix. Shops, restaurants and supermarkets all have special discounts on in January to encourage shoppers to splurge, but try not to give in. Prepare all your food at home and try to eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as upping your daily fiber intake. Remember as well to allow yourself the occasional treat! If your new eating regime is more realistic, it will be easier for you to stick to.


Exercising more

People these days live a very sedentary lifestyle, with many of us driving to work and sitting in an office all day. You might choose to run a half marathon as part of your New Year’s Resolution, which will require a lot of training and motivation. But you can also fit more exercise into your daily routine in small, easy-to-manage bursts. Simply getting up half an hour earlier to walk to work rather than drive can help boost your energy levels for the day, or why not try exercising at your desk? Setting achievable goals will mean you are less likely to give up, and you will be motivated to push yourself even further too.

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