5 ways to make sure 2017 gets off to a fighting start

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Lots of us make New Year’s Resolutions in January only to have our good intentions fade away in February or March.

In fact, a survey commissioned by the National Charity Partnership – a partnership between the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Diabetes UK and Tesco – found that almost six in ten of us never keep any of their New Year resolutions.

Share our 5 tips with staff and support them to be healthy all year long.

1  Set yourself a heart healthy goal for the year ahead

Keeping your heart healthy, whatever your age, is the most important thing you can do to help prevent and manage heart disease. Healthy eating, staying active, stopping smoking and lowering your alcohol intake can all help lower your risk of developing heart disease. Think of a heart healthy goal that will motivate you. Do you want to improve your diet, give up smoking or lose weight?

2  Be SMART

Goal setting can be hugely effective for those wishing to make a change. It can increase focus, motivation and confidence. Consider using SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic and Timely) goals.

Goals which are SMART are more likely to help you change your behaviour and achieve what you set out to do. ‘I want to eat better’ will be less effective than a SMART goal such as, ‘I want to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day by this time next month’.

3  The Let's Do This Goal Setter

The Let’s Do This Goal Setter is a free online motivational tool that supports people to achieve a healthier lifestyle. It aims to help individuals make small changes to their lifestyle, which will ultimately add up to help make a big difference to their health in the long-term.

The goal setter is part of the National Charity Partnership’s Let’s Do This campaign to support adults to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. These are two serious and potentially life threatening conditions, which are also largely preventable. Being physically active and eating healthily is known to reduce the likelihood of developing either of these conditions.

  • Choose when and how often you want to work towards your goal.
  • Receive tips and inspiration that is right for you.
  • Build up your trophy cabinet and set yourself rewards.

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4  Make sure it’s enjoyable

Enjoyment will make success much more likely. If you’re too hard on yourself, the change you are aiming for is likely to fail because once you are tired of the discomfort, you slip into old habits. Consistency achieved through small achievable changes will give much better results than more extreme plans.

A good way of making your goal enjoyable is by taking on one of our Health at Work challenges, from a pedometer challenge to a hydration challenge, and getting fellow colleagues involved to support your efforts and improve their health too.

5  Celebrate your achievements

We can often forget to celebrate our own accomplishments. Whether it’s congratulating yourself and a fellow colleague or sharing how you’re doing with friends and family, it’s a vital part of keeping motivated. Keep an exercise log or food diary to show progress and make sure you give yourself credit when you achieve short as well as long-term goals.

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