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New Year Health Tips | Your Health & Fitness THE NEW YOU


Dr Chris gives us his top health tips to follow at the start of the New Year.


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t’s the time of year when many of us will be working hard to keep our New Year’s resolutions. Popular choices are detoxing


and weight-loss programmes, but for longer-term health benefi ts, Dr Chris recommends his Super 7 health tips to start the year.


Dr Chris says …


1. CUT DOWN ON ALCOHOL Whether for charity or simply in the hope of undoing some of the damage done by Christmas excess, many people in the UK are taking part in ‘dryathlon’ this January. However, you need not


eliminate alcohol completely to feel the long-term benefi ts of lowering your alcohol consumption. The


government recommends that women should


consume no more than 1-3 units per day—with


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for 2015 2. Get Moving


a large glass of wine containing approximately 2 units—while men should aim for a maximum of 3-4 units per day, the equivalent of roughly one pint of strong lager. Cutting down on alcohol lowers your chances of developing high blood pressure and liver disease, and reduces your risk of cancer. People who drink too much may suff er unpleasant problems including


fatigue, depression and


weight gain—further reasons to cut down this year.


It might sound obvious, but fi nding an exercise regime that you enjoy greatly increases your likelihood of sticking to any fi tness resolutions. If solo gym sessions fail to motivate you, joining an exercise class, working with a personal trainer or getting involved with local sports teams or running groups could improve your long term chances of getting fi t. Many gyms off er discounted rates at the beginning of the year, so it is worth trying out diff erent options now that you might want to stick with in future.


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