The New Year has kicked off and your resolutions are out the window already. Now is not the time to despair when it comes to your well thought-out fitness plan for 2016 – February is the new January, and you have loads of time to get up and moving.

It’s the age-old tale of failed resolutions – The best laid-out plans fail to materialise in early January, and as we close in on February we’ve decided that it’s too late to start anyway. But this leads to your health and body suffering as a result of not moving often enough!

You need to ask yourself:

  • Have I picked up weight over the past year?
  • Is my posture what it should be?
  • Am I more stressed than usual?
  • Is my blood pressure a problem?
  • Am I very out of breath after climbing stairs or walking up a hill?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, then it’s time for you to do a pair of sneakers and hit the road. And by taking into consideration the economic climate that we’re struggling with in 2016, stress levels are higher, people are working longer and harder, blood pressure is on the up and finding the time to get active is limited.

Here are a few ways to get more active:

  1. Park further away. Seems like an obvious suggestion, but not only will you save your vehicle from those nasty scratches from other cars parked too close – you’ll also build up a small sweat as you march it out on your way into the shops or work.
  2. Take the stairs. The same rules apply – be aware of how you ‘transport’ yourself to your various locations each day. Walk the three flights to the office, leap enthusiastically over that pavement and skip to the coffee station. If nothing else, it’ll make you smile.
  3. Use your TV time. There are numerous simple exercises you could do while you catch up on your favourite series. Get on all fours and plank for a minute. Do that three times. Jog on the spot during the ad breaks. Do a set of ten tricep dips on your coffee table. That’s stomach, arms and legs all during half time.
  4. Support a good cause. Heard of the Daredevil Run or the Women’s Walk in aid of breast cancer? Find out about a local charity walk or run and get involved. Exercising for a good cause makes it all the more worthwhile.
  5. Commit to 20 minutes a day The best plans start with a small commitment that fits easily into your life. In February, commit to just 20 minutes of movement a day. Whether it’s tackling the stairs at work a few times, following the TV point above or heading around the block for a run – it’s just 20 minutes.

Just remember, that if you decide to embark on a more active lifestyle, hygiene is key! So be sure that you have all the essentials in your gym bag, including some products to take care of your skin.

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Clere Active for Him and Her SPF 15 body lotions are  enriched with Vitamin B3 and with its Pro-Moist formula™ your skin will remain moisturised for up to 24 hours. It also includes ingredients such as Vitamin E&A, Glycerine and Omega Oils, which make up the formula for a quick absorbing, nourishing body lotion.

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