Nearly every book I read about success, happiness or other lifestyle factors draws a direct line between you and the people you surround yourself with, in terms of business associates, partners and friends.
If you want to be successful then surround yourself with other successful people; likewise, happy people surround themselves with other positive and happy people.
Seeing a group of marathon runners out for a long run recently got me thinking: is this the same for weight gain and weight loss? Certainly, if your friends are fit and healthy then there is a greater chance you will be too. If your friends love pubs and fast food, well, there is a greater chance you will be spending your time in both of those places too. Consciously or unconsciously, the hobbies, habits and lifestyles of your friends have a direct impact on your health and your waistline.
Are you looking for a varied workout or even just a simple stretch routine? A session that you can do in your own home, for free, that will help you get more flexible, leaner and more toned? Simply type yoga, Pilates or resistance exercise into YouTube and you'll discover a range of instructors and exercise programmes for every interest and fitness level.
Remove salt from your table and your presses. As a nation we eat far too much salt. We already get so much from the food that we eat that table salt has little or no function except for taste. Having too much salt in your diet can affect your blood pressure, weight and fluid retention. Cut the salt and reap the benefits.
I am a runner, walker, swimmer, surfer, mountain biker and cyclist. I am passionate about health and helping people get healthy. It is so fantastic to see Dublin and soon other cities around Ireland transformed by the City Bike scheme. Just a few thoughts, though.