Four health and fitness pros reveal their New Year’s resolutions

We ask four  people with health or fitness expertise what they hope to achieve in the coming year – and suggest how you can meet your goals too.

For many, the new year is often filled with promise and opportunity and it’s a great opportunity to start the year with a plus and set some healthier goals.  

We asked four specialists what their New Year’s resolutions and tips where.

The dietitian: Bupa’s Rosalyn D’Angelo

“I pledge to be more organised with my meals. I will buy a healthy option when I forget my lunch or can’t be bothered cooking. But I really want to improve my skills in the kitchen and spend less on eating out. I’m often telling people to cook larger batches of healthy meals on the weekend so they’ve got meals on hand, but I don’t seem to take my own advice.

“I’ll start by putting a weekly meal plan together and making sure I’ve got enough recipes that I feel comfortable cooking. From there I’ll put together a weekly shopping list and see how I go!”

Ros’ top tip: Help set yourself up for success with healthy recipes, cooking skills and a shopping list. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

The personal trainer: Jen Dugard

“My New Year’s resolution is to perform a 100kg deadlift and hold a dead hang for five minutes. I also want to focus on my emotional and spiritual fitness, through yoga and meditation, to support my body and mind from the inside out. 

These goals continue to give me a benchmark of improvement and will help me to work toward some event-based goals later in 2017. 
I’m pretty strict with creating time for myself. Exercise is in my weekly diary so I’m not constantly stressed about not fitting it in.” 

Jen’s top tip: If you have a fitness goal, why not find someone like a PT who has been trained to coach and help motivate you to get where you want to be.

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The psychologist: Sasha Lynn

“I don’t do resolutions, but I try and set small ‘hopefuls’ – things I would like to try to make progress on – and then I roll them out through the year as things unfold. 

This year, I’m hoping to practice a little more mindfulness. It’s going to be a busy year, so I want to try and pre-empt the crazy by slowing down and accepting things in the present moment.
I’m going to do a bit of ‘practice what you preach’: I’ll use some mindfulness apps and continue with hobbies that help keep me present-focused (like photography and running).”

Sasha's top tip: Try being more mindful in 2017; pick one thing each day that you’re grateful for, no matter how small; and keep your self-talk in check.

The doctor: Clare Ballingall, chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Tasmania

“This year I'm planning a huge health kick, and my most achievable resolution is to eat something from my garden every day. I recently created a raised vegetable patch at home. I'm aware, after 20 years as a doctor, that putting positive health steps in place now will reap benefits down the track. I also like to be a positive role model for my children: they’re involved in our vegetable garden, whether it’s planting, planning, weeding or composting. It’s important they know where our food comes from.”
 
Claire's top tip: Pause to reflect, and start with small, realistic goals – like eating less takeaway, giving up the sugary drinks and eating one more vegetable a day.
 
Feeling inspired by what you’ve heard? Whether it’s being more mindful, growing your own veggies, or a health or fitness goal of your own, why not write it down and take the first important step on starting the New Year with a plus!

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