Let's face it, 2016 was a crummy year. But now is not the time to ruminate on the negative, nor the past -- let's focus on a new year which, by power of deduction, will be a good year. It must.
Although we can't control many things happening in the world, two things we can control and make better are our diet and health.
To start the year fresh, here are 11 diet, fitness and nutrition tips to follow in 2017.
1. Take the first step
The hardest part about getting on the health train is the first step. What about those tempting doughnuts, Nutella and chocolate? The key is taking small steps.
2. Avoid fad diets
As a general rule, focus on the nutrients in your food, not the calories. And while we're here: juice cleanses and lemon detoxes don't work, and carbs and fruit are not the devil.
3. Eat delicious, healthy food
Contrary to popular belief, the secret to a healthy body is actually in the fridge, not at the gym.
For breakfast, try overnight oats, granola and smoothie bowls. For snacks, give these 12 healthy afternoon snacks a go, as well as these healthy muesli bars. If you can, get into the habit of (easy) meal prep and don't forget to eat your veggies -- here are simple ways to eat more (even if you hate them).
4. Get moving
It doesn't matter if you haven't signed up to the gym -- you can workout in your very own home and still get great results.
Try these arm exercises (no equipment required) and lower body and ab exercises. If you've just eaten your weight in doughnuts (worth it) and you're feeling uncomfortably full or bloated, try these 10 yoga poses.
5. Try going caffeine free
Want to give up caffeine? To help you wean off the coffee (and help keep the coffee headaches, mood swings and lethargy at bay), you need to be organised.
6. Copy what extremely healthy people do every day
When your diet and fitness motivation is lacking, take inspiration from what other people are doing (and succeeding at). Here are six things super healthy people do every day.
7. Choose non-bloating booze
If you're drinking, here are the least bloating alcoholic drinks, because nothing ruins your night like feeling frumpy.
8. To get the best lower body results, pay attention to your hips
Got an office job where you sit down for most of the day? Sitting down causes our hips to become super tight while also shortening the hip flexors, which can be detrimental to your training.
Here's how to 'switch on' your lower body before a workout to get the best results.
9. Avoid plateauing
If you find you are plateauing or not seeing results in the gym, you might be going too hard too quickly, not eating enough or not switching up your routine enough. Here are six reasons you're not losing weight, and a simple solution to follow.
10. Take control of your stress (and bad mood)
If you're in a bad mood, here are six things to do right now that are just as good as sex. And if stress eating is a big problem for you, here's what you can do about it.
11. Treat yourself occasionally
With all the hard work you do, it's important to treat yourself. In fact, it can actually help you to have a balanced diet and form a positive relationship with food.