Tips for a healthier 2017

2017-01-18 06:01
If you can’t get to a gym, try to walk every day - but briskly.

If you can’t get to a gym, try to walk every day - but briskly.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A NEW year is a time for new beginnings, a fresh slate, a new start. Follow these tips for a healthier 2017 from Bonitas Medical Fund and get your year off to a great start.

Be kind to yourself

“There are no ‘New Year resolution police’, so be kind to yourself,” says the fund. “Resolutions are not about judgment or criticism from others, but about feeling better for your own sake. Although resolutions might differ, surveys over the years confirm that the top five remain around health, weight loss and fitness – whether it’s to make moves on that muffin top and get fitter, to stop smoking and drink less – the underlying theme is about improving our lifestyles.”

Don’t make a resolution unless it is achievable

No, you can’t lose five kilogrammes by the weekend or run a half marathon in two weeks’ time. Assess yourself, see what you are realistically capable of and take into account what could stop you from achieving that goal. When you have your goals, write them down and put it somewhere where you can see it daily. Break your goals into bite-sized chunks, check your progress and if you are on track great, if not, re-evaluate and adjust to keep you motivated.

Get active

South Africa is ranked one of the world’s top 20 overweight countries, with half of men and almost two-third of females physically inactive. Now is the time to change that and you will find that exercise also helps strengthen your mind and improve your mood - it teaches you to persevere when you are at your most tired.

It keeps us energised and mentally focused and improves work productivity … and of course exercise releases endorphins and dopamine the “happy” chemicals in your body.

Getting fit does not have to be a one-hour workout every day on cardio machines or lifting weights. There are so many ways to keep fit including swimming, brisk walking, mountain biking and yoga or pilates. Mix it up so you don’t get bored.

Goals achieved equal rewards

Sticking to your programme - or resolution, or goal - will allow you to track your progress and reward yourself. No, we don’t mean a double-decker hamburger, but rather a reward that doesn’t implode your resolutions. There is no greater motivation than success.

A positive attitude helps

Remember, no one is perfect. We all have bad days and in the case of dieting, “cheat” days, but don’t let that hamper your motivation. Congratulate yourself for completing the goal you set for the day.

Yes, you do have the time

If you can’t get to a gym, try to walk every day - but briskly. Use the stairs rather than the lift, spend 10 minutes in the morning preparing healthy snacks for the day, and make looking after yourself as important as those board meetings.

Don’t forget the children

If you have children, remember they can have a happier and healthier 2017 too. Go for walks together, challenge each other’s achievements and make eating healthily a family habit.

Focus on what you are gaining not losing

Don’t mourn being a couch potato or indulging your sweet tooth – think about the advantages of eating properly and exercising, and stick it out for a couple of months so you can feel the difference.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.