Getting healthy in New Year

The beginning of this New Year is the perfect opportunity to think about how you can adopt a healthy lifestyle and stay healthy.

The decadence of Christmas feasts and the celebration of the New Year usually results in a not-so-merry effect on your waistline, not to mention your wallet! If you've thought of making better health as your New Year resolution, now’s the time to put your thoughts into action.

Sticking to a healthy eating plan and a sensible fitness routine can help to set you up for success in this New Year.

Tips for a healthier New Year

After over indulging yourself in the holiday feasts during the Christmas, it’s hard to cut back on everything and start a diet plan straightaway. One of the most important steps in any healthy eating plan is to start by giving yourself a realistic goal.

Instead of trying to lose a drastic amount of weight,  start gradually.

You may also find it harder to stick to strict dieting rules just after enjoying the festive season, which often just make you feel guiltier about what you're eating. Instead, keeping to a sensible rule about consuming more of the healthy items (such as vegetables, low-fat and low-sugar alternatives) and less of the unhealthy ones will ensure you are still working towards achieving your goal  without going overboard.

If you're worried about portion control, here are some good techniques. Don’t skip meals, when you're starving you're more likely to eat an extra-large portion. For most people, the best plan is to eat three well-designed meals and one snack.  Also, fill up your plate with green veggies, and get full on those before eating other food.

If getting healthier is your New Year resolution,  this might be a good opportunity to introduce some healthier food recipes to your family meals.

Sticking to your goal in the New Year

Now that you've made your healthy resolution, the most important thing is to stick with it through the New Year. Professional assistance can often be helpful in creating a nutrition and exercise plan tailored to your goals and your lifestyle, giving you the extra motivation to achieve your resolution.

Private health insurance can be very helpful in this aspect, providing you with the cover you need to seek specialist services such as a dietician or nutritionist. Health insurance policies generally offer three different types of cover - hospital, extras and combined.

Hospital cover provides for a variety of inpatient hospital expenses, while extras cover includes services excluded from Medicare such as physiotherapy and dietary assistance. Depending on your needs, you can select the policy that is most suitable for you or choose from a combined cover which includes aspects of both hospital and extra expenses.

These articles are provided as reference material to allow more informed decision making, but are not intended as being a complete source of information on any topic. All readers should make their own independent analysis on the topic to make sure they have considered the aspects that are important to them.