Friday 23 February 2018

Celia Larkin: Resolutions must be for life, not just for January

Long-term lifestyle changes are what's needed if we are to boost our health, writes Celia Larkin

It should be about now that your New Year's resolution is coming under pressure. The nights are long, it's wet and windy, and summer is such a long way away. "Maybe I'll order a takeaway, just for tonight. Sure I can make up for it tomorrow." Sound familiar?

I've heard January called the month of self-loathing. For me, that's a very negative term. I'd much rather hear it called the month of self-controlling. After the excesses of Christmas, it is somewhat of a relief to indulge in a dose of self-denial. For a while, anyway.

Have you ever noticed, most New Year resolutions are about losing weight and getting fit? And, typically, most New Year resolutions falter about mid-January, just when our digestive system and financial health are beginning to recover from the over- indulgences of December.

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