Healthy Eating and Fitness

So, Christmas has passed and the New Year looms.  It is that time of the year when we realise, we’ve gained a few extra pounds and our clothes are tighter.  We promise to begin eating healthily and exercising.  For we all know, eating healthily and exercising is good for us. Yet how much do we really know about healthy eating?  Here is a quick quiz to get you started.

https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/tools-calculators/nutrition-quiz

So many diets exist that it can feel overwhelming to find the right one to try.  Some eating patterns have more scientific backing than others. Whether you are looking to shed pounds or simply to boost your overall health, try to find diets that are supported by research. For some idea see here:

https://www.heartfoundation.org.nz/about-us/news/blogs/which-diet-is-right-for-you

Along with healthy eating exercise is important. Exercise need not be boring or difficult.  There are so many good reasons to exercise. You can manage your weight, improve your mood, live longer and ward off heart disease. For some cardio exercise ideas see this page:

https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise/cardio-exercises-list#_noHeaderPrefixedContent

To make lasting change requires commitment and motivation, possibly the hardest part of a new healthy lifestyle.  In this Ted Talk, psychologist Dan Ariely discusses a couple tricks that may help us to do the right thing.

https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_how_to_change_your_behavior_for_the_better

Good luck everyone.  Let us know how you do.