New year the per­fect time to get ac­tive

South Waikato News - - SPORTS / TE PAPA HA¯KINAKINA - By LISA MANSELL,

SOUTH WAIKATO DIS­TRICT CO­OR­DI­NA­TOR Turn your new year’s res­o­lu­tion into a new year’s evo­lu­tion.

Most of us set New Year’s res­o­lu­tions that we just don’t follow up on be­cause it’s too hard or be­cause we’ve set an un­re­al­is­tic goal or be­cause we don’t have a plan as to how we will achieve it.

If you want to im­prove your own health and well­be­ing then all you need to do is start with one sim­ple, mea­sur­able goal.

Food goals:

Shop with a list and keep the ba­sic es­sen­tials in the cup­board.

Eat break­fast ev­ery day. The two best break­fasts are por­ridge and wheat bis­cuits. If you don’t eat break­fast you are more likely to eat more later in the day dur­ing other meals.

Limit take­aways to once per week at the most and eat them from a plate so you can see ex­actly how much you are hav­ing.

Limit fizzy drinks, one can will give you 10 tsp of sugar.

Ex­er­cise goals

Spend those left­over Christ­mas gift vouch­ers on com­fort­able ex­er­cise cloth­ing or sports shoes. (Dress for suc­cess).

Buy your­self a pe­dome­ter and mea­sure how many steps you take in an av­er­age day and try and in­crease them.

Play games with your whanau, cricket, touch, tag, etc.

Keep an ex­er­cise di­ary so you can plan when and what you do. Re­mem­ber:

If you are new to ex­er­cise, no mat­ter how slow you go you will still be lap­ping every­body on the couch.

If you need support call into the Sport Waikato of­fice to­day and ask about the Green Pre­scrip­tion. This is a free pro­gramme through which we’ll support you in achiev­ing bet­ter health through healthy nu­tri­tion and ex­er­cise.

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