Give up cig­a­rettes, ex­er­cise more and be bet­ter at hide and seek ... celebs re­veal their New Year res­o­lu­tions

We all like to try and be at least a bit health­ier come Jan­uary — celebri­ties in­cluded. Here’s a sneak peek into the res­o­lu­tions of the rich and fa­mous...

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS -

Whether it’s get­ting fit, eat­ing more greens or be­ing kinder to our­selves, most of us try and pledge do some­thing healthy come the turn of the year.

And it’s no dif­fer­ent for our celebs. We asked the stars of stage and screen to re­veal what they’re giv­ing up, or start­ing to do, as part of a health­ier, hap­pier 2019.

Phi­lan­thropist and TV star Katie Piper is try­ing out dig­i­tal mind­ful­ness

“Yes, I’m try­ing to im­ple­ment it now and hope to stick to it next year. I’m try­ing to be more mind­ful with my phone usage — which means not be­ing on the phone as much as I am, and turn­ing it off in the evenings.

“So­cial me­dia can be re­ally good, and a very pos­i­tive way of con­nect­ing with peo­ple, but I think it’s down to the user to mon­i­tor how much they use it and for how many hours. That’s what I don’t want to be in dan­ger of ded­i­cat­ing too many hours to it, and that’s why I’m mak­ing that res­o­lu­tion.”

Ac­tress Jaime Win­stone is plan­ning to cut out a bad habit

“I’m a smoker, so I have to treat my skin with lots of stuff to pro­tect it from the dam­age of that. I don’t smoke a lot and now we have our son, I can’t smoke in the house, which means I’m al­ways hav­ing to sneak off out­side.

“That’s be­com­ing a big­ger prob­lem, so I’m smok­ing a lot less and slowly that habit is dis­ap­pear­ing. My aim is to cut it out al­to­gether in 2019. I’ll be very happy if I do.”

For­mer JLS singer As­ton Mer­ry­gold is hop­ing to stay off his phone more

“If I’m in a car, I’m con­stantly on my phone or if I’m at home, I will be on my lap­top or on the phone about work. So we’re al­ways sur­rounded by tech­nol­ogy.

“So for me and [part­ner] Sarah it’s about mak­ing a con­scious ef­fort as a fam­ily to do more out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, and try­ing to stay fit and do it to­gether as much as pos­si­ble — and aim­ing for less phone time wher­ever pos­si­ble.

“We both go to the gym and work out reg­u­larly, and run our dance school, so we’re pretty ac­tive al­ready, but we want to get out and walk, maybe ride bikes, and also en­joy go­ing out with our son Grayson as well.”

Co­me­dian Alan Carr is go­ing to keep up the ex­er­cise rou­tine

“I’ve cut back on the drink and I don’t have many vices. I mean, cut down on Hob­nobs?

“I’m see­ing this trainer, be­cause my hip hurts so I can’t re­ally run any more. It’s [sus­pen­sion-based ex­er­cise sys­tem] TRX, have you heard of it, with the bands? Oh my God!

“So, we go to the park and he ties these bands round the tree and I’m like, ‘Re­ally? Just pulling this band, I’m go­ing to lose weight?’ But oh my God, the next day, I ba­si­cally need a wheel­chair. I was like, ‘I didn’t know I had a mus­cle there, what are you do­ing?!’

“And I ba­si­cally had to roll out of the bed, be­cause I couldn’t pull my­self up.

“Lis­ten, I’m not go­ing to say I’m go­ing to join Cirque du Soleil, but it will be nice to be flex­i­ble. But these tiny lit­tle bands, I’m rolling eyes, like, ‘Here we go’, but they re­ally do work. So I’m go­ing to try and keep that up.

“Ex­er­cise def­i­nitely makes you feel bet­ter. And who knows? This time next year, I might be able to do the splits like Jean-Claude Van Damme. Can you imag­ine it? I’ll come out and do one of those high kicks on my Christ­mas spe­cial.”

For­mer Satur­days singer Frankie Bridge is aim­ing to get back on track

“I have been so busy with work­ing and the fam­ily I haven’t been to the gym or done any fit­ness for ages. Wayne [Bridges, hus­band] made me do a work­out with him at home and I was worn out af­ter 25 min­utes, so my res­o­lu­tion is to get back to fit­ness in the New Year af­ter I’ve had my 30th birth­day in Jan­uary.

“I get bored very eas­ily, so I love try­ing out new ways to keep it in­ter­est­ing. Next year I want to do cir­cus train­ing with ae­rial silks and rope. I’ve wanted to try it for ages be­cause it looks re­ally fun and is a bit dif­fer­ent from sweat­ing away in the gym.”

Chef Tom Ker­ridge, au­thor of Fresh Start (Blooms­bury Ab­so­lute, £26, avail­able De­cem­ber 26) has big plans for play­ing with his son

“My res­o­lu­tions? To shout louder at foot­ball matches, to go to the cin­ema more of­ten and to def­i­nitely get bet­ter at hide and seek with my son!”

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