So 2020 is finally over. If you’re anything like me, you had a bit of a break over the festive period, despite the constraints of lockdown.
We did our best to keep our spirits up at home and maintain contact with friends and family via the internet — and even managed to enjoy our annual Mosley Christmas charades competition via Zoom.
The downside, unfortunately, is that I also upheld another festive tradition of eating a lot more unhealthy food than normal.
Who can say no to gifts of chocolates and biscuits? Clearly, not me.
Regular grazing, plus the odd drink or two, have meant I’ve put on a couple of pounds in recent weeks. So, unsurprisingly, my belt is feeling tighter than it did in mid-December.
Of course, I won’t be alone, as it’s not just been the Christmas period that has dented our general wellbeing recently.
Thanks to Covid, many of us have started the New Year fatter, less fit and more stressed than we began 2020.
As I wrote last week, to keep motivated, it is important that you have goals that are SMART — i.e.
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely
Indeed, that’s one of the recent findings of a large survey that has monitored more than 7,000 people since the early days of the pandemic. Those questioned reported being less active and more anxious by the end of 2020 — and one in three said they’d put on weight.
Fortunately, there is help for all of us as we try to move on from the stresses of last year and welcome a new year by rebooting our health.
Today, I proudly launch the Daily Mail’s indispensable 30-day Big Health Kick, a month of simple and practical steps to set you on the right path for lose 2 fat a week healthier 2021.
Today’s paper also includes our brilliant Wellness Journal, a day-by-day diary to record your progress as you begin your journey to better health.
At the end of the month you will be able to see how far you’ve come.
Regular grazing, plus the odd drink or two, have meant I’ve put on a couple of pounds in recent weeks.
So, unsurprisingly, my belt is feeling tighter than it did in mid-December
As well as daily tips, it will give you a checklist of things to do every day to help improve your health and wellbeing.
A study by Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in the U.S., one of the largest weight-loss maintenance trials, found that those who kept daily records lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t.
Researchers concluded that this process helped to flag up bad habits, enabling people to combat them.
So, hopefully, you’ll find that filling in the journal will help you stick with your good intentions for long enough to notice big changes in your overall physical and mental health, and continue them beyond the 30-day Big Health Kick.
However, before you begin, I want you to really think about why, and in what measurable ways, you plan to improve your health.