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The new year is upon us. It’s that time to start making plans for how we can be our best selves over the next twelve months. One thing I definitely want to start focusing on is my health. Both mentally and physically.

I’m not a fan of faddy diets or short-term fixes when it comes to looking after your health and wellbeing. Long-term changes in everyday habits are what’s needed to live a long and happy life. Which is why it’s so important to make changes to your everyday routine. I’m by no means a health expert and don’t claim to know the key to a long and healthy life, but I do have enough life experience to know that looking after yourself is so so important.

Losing weight is a bonus. It’s feeling good about yourself inside and out that matters. 

Here are a few of my favourite tips:

Exercise

I’m a self-confessed couch potato. The idea of getting sweaty in a gym full of gorgeous toned bodies fills me with dread. I’d much rather watch Netflix with a huge bag of crisps. But, exercise is so important and there are sneaky ways to burn a few calories without even realising it. Take your dog for a walk (if you have a dog, that is) or just go for a stroll in the park and do some people watching. Housework is a great stress reliever too. Put on some up-tempo tunes and vacuum for a few minutes. You’ll also feel a great sense of satisfaction at how clean and tidy your home looks. The New Year also offers a great opportunity to buy some workout DVD’s that you can do in the comfort in your own home. Exercise is a great mood booster too. So you’ll feel happy too.

Ask a buddy for help

This is great fun, and I can guarantee at least one of your friends will be planning a New Years kick. Getting a friend on board means that you can motivate each other, and hold each other accountable. There are days when I don’t really want to do anything, but having a good friend come to my aid and give me the motivation I need is great. Also, you can even get your family on board. My other half loves to keep fit and eat healthy, a team effort is so much better than trying to go it alone. Also, if you’re really serious about losing weight, slimming clubs are a great place to meet other people with similar goals to you and they usually have some great sign up deals at the start of the year.

Eat more fruit and veg

Takeaways are my biggest vice. Something I plan to cut down on (might even save some money too ha ha) Eating more healthy foods is a great way to make you feel good on the inside. One of my favourite ways to get more fruit and veg into my diet is by making some delicious juices. You can try something like one of these juicers by Panasonic. It’s compact, quiet and easy to handle, and if you are partial to a morning orange juice or two it features stainless steel screw rotates to extract maximum juice all the while retaining important vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants! Some of my favourite ingredients are apples, pineapples, spinach, cucumber, chillies… (yes, chillies. I love the kick) They’re so tasty that you forget you’re having something that’s super healthy and nutritious. They make you feel amazing.

If you have any tips for being healthy, and if you’re a little like me, find it difficult to get motivated with a healthy lifestyle, let me know your tips in the comments section.

This was a sponsored post on behalf of Panasonic

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