Four fitness resolutions for the New Year

New Year, new fit and fabulous you. Sound impossible? It's not - provided you make the right vows to yourself

Four fitness resolutions that can help to make this your best year ever. People tend to start the New Year with the best intentions when it comes to losing weight and getting fit. But often a few weeks down the track they give up. It's important to start small and make gradual changes. Also have some motivational support and plan some little rewards for yourself along the way.

To help you get started, we've put together four fitness resolutions that can help to make this your best year ever.

Make activity a habit
Aim to move more than you do now and made regular activity a part of your schedule. That doesn't mean that you need to spend an hour at the gym every day. If you can't bear the thought of hopping on the treadmill, get creative. Take a brisk walk with your dog or chase your kids around the park instead.

Don't be too tough on yourself
One of the main reasons women ditch their fitness routines is because they expect perfection from themselves - and when they don't achieve it, they give up. Don't quit just because you've had a bad day or even a bad week. Just put it behind you and start afresh tomorrow.

Step it up!
A few extra steps a day can make a world of difference for your body and your health. Experts recommend that for good health people spend around 30 minute a day being active and aim to walk 10,000 steps (around 5 miles) a day. When combined with a healthy diet, walking half an hour over the course of a day can help women lose weight and lower their risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

If you're already walking, slowly increase your efforts daily or weekly. If you're pushed for time, break it up into 10 to 15 minutes before work, at lunch, while shopping or going to and from your car. To keep an accurate count, invest in a pedometer. Pedometers are a powerful tool to boost walking. They can significantly increase activity levels and decrease body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure1.

Strive for balance
Variety is the key. This will help by preventing boredom and injuries so it's good for you mentally and physically. Adding weights and yoga, Pilates or stretching to your cardio routine will stave off boredom, and help you lose more weight and get stronger, more pliable muscles.

Intimidated by the weight room or group classes? Opt for an at-home workout with a DVD, enlist the help of a trainer (many gyms will provide some free professional guidance to help you get the basics of resistance training down) or have a friend join you for moral support.

Source: Daily Mirror

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