Nine to three thirty
A blogger based in Birmingham in the west midlands and most of what I write is about our family life experiences
A healthy start to the new year
Lots of people start January with a resolution or good intentions about making a change to their life. I’m no different although I tend to wait until the school holidays are over and we are back to our usual routine, as I think new habits have to fit into day-to-day life. By the time the schools have gone back, the Christmas food is all eaten up and that strange, slightly surreal time, when you don’t know what day of the week it is, has past.
Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are health related and that’s no surprise after the excesses of the festive season and as many of us book our summer holidays about now, we are already picturing ourselves on the beach. In fact, exercise, losing weight, eating healthier and actively taking a better approach to health all top the list of New Year goals. However, research shows that 80% of resolutions fail by February. This high failure rate may be an indication that many of us set goals that are too difficult to keep, or set too many to keep track of.
We are going for a gentle approach to getting healthier this year. So far there has been more exercise and more getting outdoors than I usually manage in the winter. I’ve tried to fit in something physical most days: a walk, some housework, a yoga class. It’s easier of course on a day the sun is shining than on a gloomy, grey, wet day.
I’m trying to make some other changes too connected to food: a few less puddings, more fruit and vegetables, portion control. I find that a bit harder though so I’ve been looking for ways to get healthier that feel more achievable.
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