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A Healthy New Year Means a Happy New Year

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We were interested to hear the findings of a landmark study this month into the sources of lasting happiness – and of course maintaining physical and mental health, and good relationships, rather than wealth have been found to be the keys.

The findings don't come a surprise to us at the LC. We have been in the fitness and well-being business for long enough to see first-hand the very real links between fitness, health and happiness.

The results will make sense to those of us who found that the gathering of friends and family over Christmas for a brisk Boxing Day walk brought us more in-the-moment joy than our presents did.

If you are toying with the idea of making a new year’s resolution, is there a better achievement to aim for than resolving ‘to do something each week in 2017 that makes me happier’?

Setting achievable goals is the key to success in just about everything, and this goes for fitness and well-being too. So here are some simple LC top tips to help you make a success of your New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Plan your healthy breakfast the night before. This will help make sure you don't skip the most important meal of the day, it will help keep cravings at bay and it will keep your energy levels up until lunchtime.
  • Join a new fitness class with a friend. Trying something new will challenge you, and exercising with a friend will help to keep you motivated.
  • Make the most of your lunch breaks. Set aside at least two lunch breaks each week for brisk exercise – whether this is a gym session or a brisk walk.
  • Many of us fall into the trap of ‘playing’ negative messages about our body shape and our perceived flaws throughout the day. This can be a hard habit to break, but resolve to replace those negative messages with one positive one each week. For instance, ahead of any exercise session, congratulate yourself on making the time for your fitness regime. When you are planning a healthy evening meal, congratulate yourself on making healthy choices for you an your family. Gradually, this will help you ‘turn down the volume’ on any negative thoughts.