Monthly Archives: January 2015

New Year, New Life – How to Exercise Your Way to Well Being; Part Two

 

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Picture courtesy of www.shetaxi.com

One of the main excuses I used in the past was that I simply did not have the time to exercise. In reality most of us lead hectic lives with busy schedules and even with the best of intensions we struggle to find time to exercise. If you find you can’t find the time to exercise try fitting it in to your daily routine by walking or running part or even all of the way to work. Another great strategy is to buy an exercise DVD that can fit into your schedule. Although DVD’s require you to have more motivation because you are in the comforts of our own home, you can help keep your motivation high by placing it in your diary and treating the entry as a deadline. It is helpful to then set an alarm to remind you when to begin your work out.

 

Thankfully, there are many forms of exercise. Whilst running may not be for you there are many other options.

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New Year, New Life – How to Exercise Your Way to Well Being; Part One

Picture courtesy of www.shetaxi.com

Picture courtesy of www.shetaxi.com

According to national statistics compiled by the Health and Social Care Information Centre around one in five British men and woman were obese in 2011. These figures rose sharply since 1993 and, if history is to be believed, are set to continue to rise.

 

Although we all know that exercising is good, for most of us it stays low on our list of priorities. Often we have the intention to tackle exercise once our to do lists have been taken care of – an impossible task considering they are constantly being added to.

 

The truth is that our inactive lives can lead to many health problems, both physically and mentally. Coronary heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and poor mental health can all result from being inactive.

 

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Happy New Year!

One of Gretchen Rubin’s favourite quotes is ‘The days are long but the years are short’ and as I get older I can’t help but realise just how true this saying is. The years tend to pass so quickly, almost too fast to count. One of the things I like most about New Year is that it is an opportunity to take stock of the year past and to look to the future. I find it quite comforting to have this day as a time when I can look back on what goals I’ve achieved and to reschedule and reorganise the goals that I didn’t manage to achieve – yet!

 

For many reorganising goals unmet might appear like quite a sombre way to see in the New Year but I actually find it is quite the opposite. It actually serves to refocus my energy and gives me much greater determination and motivation to achieve them in the coming year because I know I have reworked them so they are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timescaled). If you would like to create meaningful goals for the year ahead you can read my series on goals titled ‘How to turn your dreams into reality’.

 

This year for the first time I will also be making a list of all the highlights of the year for my 40 before 40 scrapbook, again this is a fantastic way to feel great about the year just gone.

 

How will you be spending your New Years Day?

 

Wishing you all the very best for the year ahead,

 

x X x Jenny Leigh x X x