ED’S NOTE

Men's Health (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - Edi­tor

Some­how, 2018 has flown by and we’re at the start of a brand new year. Try­ing to fig­ure out what fit­ness new year’s res­o­lu­tions to make (and that you can see through)? Here’s three to start with.

Do some­thing ac­tive every day.

Health and fit­ness bod­ies like the Health Pro­mo­tion Board rec­om­mend 150 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity a week, to stay in op­ti­mal health. How on earth is a seden­tary per­son go­ing to achieve that, you ask? The good news: Lifestyle ac­tiv­i­ties count too. If you move of­ten enough, you may not even need a work­out rou­tine to clock those 150 min­utes!

Hit the gym more of­ten.

It’s proven: How of­ten you visit the gym af­ter join­ing is a strong pre­dic­tor of your fu­ture at­ten­dance. Some re­searchers say that habits need 21 days to be cul­ti­vated. So if your last visit was one month ago, chances are high that you’ll won’t be go­ing back to the gym in fu­ture. Of course, vis­it­ing the gym of­ten is eas­ier said than done. Work stress, fam­ily com­mit­ments and per­sonal health play a big part in in­flu­enc­ing your de­ci­sion to ex­er­cise. Know­ing your­self and what mo­ti­vates you will go a long way.

Try a new sport.

Why not? As we get older, our senses turn duller. Our abil­ity to ab­sorb in­for­ma­tion and pick up new skills de­clines. Phys­i­cal re­flexes are poorer. Joints be­come stiffer. To slow down these un­de­sir­able age­ing ef­fects, con­sider learn­ing a new sport. It will widen your per­spec­tives and so­cial cir­cle, and also boost your zest for life.

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