It’s almost 2015 and many of us are making resolutions for the New Year. We take a look at some of the more popular resolutions and how you can improve the chances you don’t have to make them all over again for 2016.
Stop smoking – Smoking rates have been falling thanks in part to government legislation for smoke-free work and public environments, raising the legal purchase age from 16 to 18, and the mass-market growth of e-cigarettes. But while there are certainly less people than there used to be still to give up smoking, according to health charity ASH, around one-sixth of the adult population still smoke, with poorer people and those in Yorkshire and the Humber being significantly more likely to be a smoker than the national average. Smoking is proven to have many health implications including higher cancer rates, and premature ageing. If you’re one of the 10 million adults in the UK who smokes, then consider making stopping smoking your resolution. For more information, please visit the websites of ASH and the NHS.
Exercise more – This one is very popular for people who want to maybe lose weight, or just feel healthier in themselves. The trick is to find a way of making regular exercise a habit you can stick to. Exercising is something you can do in your own home, using fitness DVDs or a piece of home-gym equipment, but joining a gym may keep you motivated longer; paying a gym subscription is a good way of making you go and get your money’s worth. It doesn’t even have to be expensive – off-peak budget gym subscriptions start at around £10 per month, and this may even include classes. Find a good gym-buddy and schedule the time into your weekly routine, and you’ll be exercising away past January!
Drink less alcohol – like smoking, drinking alcohol has health implications. Whether you’re an everyday-in-moderation drinker, or a famine-and-feast binge drinker, you may want to reduce your alcohol intake. The recommended alcohol units for men is no more than 3-4 units a day (which is 1 – 2 pints of beer), and for women is 2-3 units a day. If you drink more than 8 units in one session (6 for women) you are classified as a binge drinker. Getting very drunk can put you at risk both in a personal safety sense, and in a health sense. Drinking less than these amounts when you’re socialising can be difficult, but if you think you may drink too much, you can get advice from the NHS website
Stop eating junk food – Junk food, as is suggested by the name, is not the best thing to put in your body. The problem is that junk food becomes a habit and habits can be hard to break. Junk food is convenient and quick and perfect for those of us with busy lifestyles, but too much can cause health problems such as heart disease and obesity. This is a particular problem in children, and the NHS have found that hospital admission rates for children due to obesity-related conditions has quadrupled over the last ten years. Ditching the junk food requires discipline and finding better, healthier substitutes. Some people find that trying to just stop eating altogether is ineffective, so try creating a new habit of eating fruit instead of a habit of eating biscuits and chocolate.
Get a new job – The New Year is a great time to take stock of your work-life and sort out your career path. The jobs market is tipping in favour of candidates and there’s never been a better time in the recent past to look at making a move. If you’re not enjoying your job any more, or want to move on up, then give us a call. Unlike stopping smoking, or ridding you of your secret biscuit habit, this is one resolution we can help with!