Experts give tips on sticking to New Year’s resolutions
The new year is a time for making positive life changes. These life changes could include changes to finances, careers or hobbies. More often than not, however, resolutions involve weight-loss, fitness and general health.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has released some tips for people keen to keep to their New Year’s resolutions.
Professor Mike Kelly, public health director for NICE, has emphasised the importance of tackling health in the workplace.
“Workers aren’t always active enough to benefit their health, so we’re recommending ways that employers can encourage staff to increase their levels of physical activity on their way to work, or during the day,” he says.
Physical activity is essential for physical health and often workers will spend all day sitting at a desk and not moving around.
NICE encourages employers to educate their employees about local cycle routes and footpaths with the aim of getting people out of their cars and onto their feet.
Arthritis Research UK has funded research into the connection between fitness and pain-free joints and agrees with the advice from NICE.
The organisation has recommended that people suffering with pain exchange painkillers for yoga.
Yoga is thought to really benefit people with chronic low back pain and has no side effects.
Diet also plays an important part in general health and is the main culprit for much of the obesity suffered in the UK. People trying to cut down on bad food should consider keeping a food diary. A diary can identify bad eating habits and pin-point where you might be going wrong.
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