Be positive and create a new you for 2013
Despite most of us ushering in the New Year with a boozy evening of festivities, followed by a recovery day, perhaps focused around a big meal, many of us will in fact be hoping to make 2013 a healthy year.
Unfortunately, the fact that it's consistently the most popular choice of New Year's resolutions is testament to how difficult it can be to turn a new leaf and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
The trick is to set yourself achievable targets, accept early on that there will be the odd lapse and stay committed to your target; and then you'll stand every chance of surprising yourself this time around.
If your main concern is to shift some weight then bear in mind that while a wholesome diet is essential, you will also need a strong commitment to regular exercise.
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If you make drastic changes early on and fail to persist with them the likelihood is you'll lose all momentum and risk giving up completely.
To avoid failure in this initial period start off with some minor changes such as cycling to work or even walking to the next bus stop of your route each morning until you are walking the full distance.
Once you start building up some fitness take a look at the range of sports and activities available to you in your local area and enrol in whatever takes your fancy.
The closer the facilities are to your home the more likely you are to make the journey on a cold evening so bear that in mind when making your choice.
Group sports such as five-a-side football or running clubs will give you a sense of team-spirit which can be an added incentive to get out the front door if you're not feeling motivated on a particular occasion.
Of course the gradual transformation of your exercise regime will need to be reflected in your diet; so start getting up ten minutes earlier to have a nutritious breakfast, cut the sugar out of coffees and teas and always have a bottle of water with you.
These seemingly trivial changes will quickly become part of your natural routine so once you make more substantial adjustments to your diet they won't be such a shock to the system and you'll have more chance of succeeding.
When you start seeing the benefits of your healthy lifestyle use it as motivation to continue working hard as opposed to an excuse to start slacking. Cement the new found confidence you'll have with some well-earned pampering. Take a trip to the salon and get a new haircut that symbolises the 'new you'.
If you find that your body is aching from all the exercise then book yourself in for a relaxing massage, and when you start fitting into the clothes you were struggling to wear before the festivities began why finish it off the look with a professional pedicure.
Remember, the key to a healthy lifestyle in the 21st century is perseverance and in order to get results, you need to gradually break down your old habits and replace them with new positive ones. Of course, throughout 2013 we'll be providing you with simple advice and handy tips on how to keep yourself feeling and looking at your best, so you can make 2013 a year to remember and forget the lapses of the previous year.