'New year, New me'?

'So how is your new years resolution going?'

How many of us are bored of this question already!?

This weekend marked the day that the majority of people fail on their new years resolution and today, the third Monday in January, is joyfully known as 'blue Monday' – the day we generally feel the most depressed, worried about debts following an excessive Christmas and feel as though we've lost our motivation to make any real improvements to our lifestyle.

'People fail on the new year's resolution that quickly!?' I hear you saying? Yup... Two weeks is often how long many people manage to make those big changes before resorting back to type; often because the changes they're trying to make are too drastic.

I didn't set a new years resolution this year. This is a personal thing, but I don't think that just because the dates change and we now have to write 2017 instead of 2016 that I need to become a new me!

I quite like who I am thanks.

Over the last couple of weeks I've been thinking really hard about what behaviours I want to change and what I want the results of those to be in the long term. No surprises – I want to get fitter and leaner; and generally to become happier in myself. I hit the 'big 3-0' this year (shh!) and I think that this had a bigger effect on me than I first realised – hangovers last longer, that cheeky dessert takes longer to burn off (if it does at all!) and you start to feel more stressed, easier.

So I started off – obviously – by reviewing my entire Quealth Score and I got the following results (he says bravely sharing pretty personal information!):

diabetes: Q85

cancer: Q39 cardiovascular disease: Q81 COPD (lung): Q100 (oh the wonders of not smoking!)

dementia: Q91

Overall: Q79.8

Not too shabby! You'll notice that my Cancer Score is pretty low though – this is because there is a fair bit of family history of cancer. And what's the best way to reduce my risk and get healthier? Yup, you guessed it: more exercise and eating healthier. Simple huh? As such, I've started doing some high intensity interval training (HIIT) 3 or 4 times a week matched with eating healthier overall; including preparing all my lunches for the week when I go off to that there Quealth HQ.

By the way, I'm a bit of a clumsy oaf so if I can do HIIT, so can you – there are a tonne of free videos available on YouTube making it accessible for everyone. :-)

So let's see how I get on... I've set my goals, and I'll update my blog regularly to let you know how I'm getting on.

Make sure you grab your phone, download Quealth if you haven't already and get on that road to health yourself!

Until next time...

– Alex.

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