Right now you probably feel lethargic. It’s the first week after January, you still feel full of Christmas pud and the first thing on your mind but the last thing you feel like doing is hitting the local gym.

Take some comfort knowing the entire nation feels exactly the same. Having eaten what you like over the festive period and after subjecting your body to way too much alcohol, your thoughts will firmly be on a spot of detox and diet reassessment.

This is good and it doesn’t have to be as painful as you think. Simple steps will help you as you aim to improve your physical condition and we have some tips to ease you into a healthy new year.

Get more sleep

This is a simple but highly beneficial change you can make to your life in the new year. Take time off over Christmas and the chances you’ve stayed up late every night, had busy days and not given your body the chance to recover. Go back to work and sleep deprivation manifests itself in numerous ways. Apart from being tired, irritable and unable to process thoughts, a lack of sleep lowers your immune systems meaning you are more susceptible to pick up bugs and infections. Make a resolution to get eight hours sleep at night at least. Your body will soon start to feel the benefits.        

 Start the day in a healthy way

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets you up for the day ahead but it’s also the one meal that most people are likely to neglect. Skip breakfast and this could lead to you snacking on unhealthy meals mid-morning which in turn will lead to weight gain. Have a healthy protein-packed breakfast and this keeps you satisfied longer until you can tuck into a healthy lunch.

Change your diet (gradually)

Christmas is a diet disaster. It’s impossible to stick to your daily calorie intake over the festive period with so many temptations in place. Now the new year is upon though it’s a good time to readdress your diet situation. Aim to change it gradually and begin by cutting one bad thing out of your regular intake that you know is terrible for you. 

Find a workout that works!

Diet and fitness are the way forward if you want to get healthier in the new year. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to join a gym though. Find a workout at home that works for you. This could be a fitness DVD, push-ups, sit-ups or you could hire or buy fitness equipment and use this as part of a regular routine.  

Ring for advice if you need help choosing fitness equipment. We’re experts at gym design at Fit Hire and we’d more than happy to offer our advice, justcontact us to see how we can help.