We may enter the New Year with the best of intentions, promising ourselves that we will go to the gym four times a week and completely overhaul our diets, but research has shown that, by Valentine’s Day, 80 per cent of us have abandoned our resolutions and ‘New Year, New Me’ mentality.
It is completely possible to make resolutions that you will keep into the New Year and beyond. However, in order to do this, it’s key that you make sustainable lifestyle changes that fit easily into your life but can still have a big impact on your health…
Rather than immediately signing up for a gym membership that is destined to go unused, try stepping up the amount of moderate intensity exercise that you do each week. This doesn’t need to be anything too physically taxing – it could even be a 25-minute walk around the block – as long as you’re spending 150 minutes per week doing exercise that increases your heart rate and makes you breathe faster, you’re reducing your risk of breast cancer. Fitting moderate activity into your daily routine is a much more sustainable goal for many of us, but if you are looking to challenge yourself, why not sign up for one of our charity events? Training for a marathon or a cycling challenge could be the perfect motivator to stay active in 2019!
As a reaction to overindulging in champagne over the festive period and looking to make healthier choices in the New Year, Dry January is a popular way for many people to give their bodies a break from alcohol. Although drinking excessively is bad for us, and there are higher rates of breast cancer in those who drink alcohol than those who are teetotal, sticking to the government guidelines of one to two units per day will lower the additional risk. Using an app to monitor your drinking can help you stay on track if you’re hoping to cut down this year.
Overly restrictive or fad diets seldom work. They don’t teach you about healthy eating, aren’t long-term lifestyle changes, and usually have you reaching straight for the biscuit tin after a few days of depriving yourself. If you’re looking to overhaul your diet this year, consider the clinically-proven 2-Day Diet. There’s no calorie counting, skipping meals or fasting, just two low-carb days per week and a Mediterranean-style diet for the remaining five. The 2-Day Diet is great for those who are hoping to lose weight and keep it off, which, in turn, reduces your risk of developing breast cancer and many other diseases.
We all know that we should be getting eight hours of sleep per night, but how many of us actually stick to that? A good night’s sleep can work miracles for your mental wellbeing, and has been linked to a reduced risk of many diseases. If you’re struggling to get your eight hours, consider banning screens from your bedroom, and look for ways to wind down before bed, such as relaxation exercises, a warm bath and relaxing music.
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