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HERE’S your chance to change your life­style — you de­serve to be health­ier in 2019.

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HERE are some easy ways to get fit (and healthy) in 2019. 1. Stop Striv­ing For Per­fec­tion: You don't have to be the best ath­lete or the most toned per­son in the gym. Fo­cus on your­self, set re­al­is­tic goals and give your­self and your body some time to reach them. 2. Start Do­ing Some­thing:

You can’t go from be­ing a couch potato to run­ning a marathon, but you can start mov­ing in one way for an­other. For­tune favours those who get off the side­lines and start par­tic­i­pat­ing, they say. 3. Be Smart In Your New Life­style:

That means fo­cus on what counts and what works for you. Re­mem­ber, this is not a two-week crash diet; it’s a life­style change – work around your usual sched­ule and chores and fit in pro­grammes that suit YOU! 4. Don’t Be Overly Am­bi­tious:

Ex­perts ex­plain that this will cause you to quit. You can’t quit carbs and train seven days a week in the first week. Be am­bi­tious but re­al­is­tic – and pa­tient, too. 5. Stop Mak­ing Ex­cuses:

Yes, we’ve all done it (more than once). If you want a new you, YOU need to start mak­ing changes. 6. Avoid En­ergy Vam­pires:

Ex­perts say ‘half the bat­tle to achiev­ing your fit­ness goals and liv­ing a rich life is tak­ing con­trol of your men­tal, emo­tional, and spir­i­tual fit­ness’. They de­scribe en­ergy vam­pires as the group of peo­ple who can wreak havoc on your goals; those who leave you de­flated, pes­simistic, and even hope­less af­ter be­ing around them for a cer­tain time pe­riod. 7. Be Com­mit­ted:

Good things come to those who wait, but also to those who work hard. Be com­mit­ted to your new eat­ing plan and ex­er­cise pro­gramme – and en­joy it. 8. Aban­don The ‘All-Or-Noth­ing' At­ti­tude:

It’s not about do­ing it all in one week and see­ing re­sults im­me­di­ately. It’s about set­ting re­al­is­tic goals, and hav­ing bad days, and even weeks but still push­ing through. You want to im­prove your fit­ness level, not end up quit­ting al­to­gether. 9. Be Ef­fi­cient:

Diarise your work­out as if you would an im­por­tant meet­ing. Pack your bags the night be­fore, start your yoga class on time, stick to a spe­cific weekly ex­er­cise sched­ule and you’ll see how ad­dicted you’ll get to the new life­style which is al­low­ing you to burn calo­ries, tone up and smile while do­ing it. 10. Make Ex­er­cise Fun And Easy:

You don’t have to do 50 push-ups to get fit. Find ac­tiv­i­ties you en­joy, and make them more fun by play­ing awe­some mu­sic, ex­er­cis­ing with a friend, buy­ing some new gym gear etc. COUR­TESY of 11. Train At Home: Whether you can make the gym or not, do some of your train­ing at home. Get your­self some ket­tle­bells or a Pi­lates ball and get mov­ing. And if that’s too much, just start squat­ting, lung­ing and plank­ing around the house. 12. Ex­er­cises Bud­dies Are So Much Fun:

THIS could be your time to catch up with your bestie while you both sweat it out for an hour. Just think about how much gos­sip you’ll get in dur­ing that qual­ity time – and you won’t be do­ing it over cap­puc­ci­nos and cake.

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