New year, new you. It’s a cliché isn’t it but a brand new year is the best time for a new start, to clear out all the old and unwanted things from your life whether it be clothes, make-up, clutter or habits!

There is something magical about the start of a new year with the sense that now is the time to make life better, do things differently and learn from past mistakes in order to not keep going over the same tired old ground. But how to start? Here are a few ideas to help you on the way to a new, happier you:

Get Active – Get Fit

It is true what they say – if you feel good you look good. Once Christmas is over and the last of the turkey has long since been consigned to the bin (or the dog) and the chocolates and mince pies are all gone, take the opportunity to take stock of your fitness levels and of how you look. Most will probably have put on a few pounds after the big eating marathon and enforced immobility. The waistlines will have expanded a little, the clothes will fit a little more snugly than before and all this contributes to a general feeling of discontent.

This gives you the perfect excuse to embark on a fitness routine.

Before splurging hard-earned cash on a gym membership though why not look at simpler, cheaper ways to get fit? There are numerous ways to get active without breaking the bank. The simplest and cheapest of these is walking or cycling. Why not get together with friends and agree to go for walks or rides together? If you live surrounded by countryside then great but inner-city walks and bike rides can be just as much fun especially if there is a coffee bar at the end of the trip!

Socialising with friends means you can have fun and get fit without even noticing.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous why not try some of the myriad of dance classes there are available, or yoga, zumba or circuit training in the local park. Anything that gets you out there and enjoying yourself will do wonders not only for your physical fitness levels but also for your mental well-being. Whatever you decide on always seek advice from your doctor first especially if you are pregnant, if you have underlying health issues or if you haven’t exercised for some time. And remember to drink more water to avoid dehydration.

Join a Dating Site

The new year is often a time for people who are single and who are tired of the status quo to decide that now is the time to look for new love. Years ago, meeting people and striking up new relationships was done in the local pub or club but social networking has completely changed the landscape. So many people now prefer the relative safety and anonymity of the internet when it comes to choosing a new partner and while this is a great way to meet someone new you have to be careful because, as we all know, a person’s internet profile is not always accurate! So here are a few pointers for those thinking of joining dating sites. Keep your expectations reasonable. If someone says they are a billionaire and their profile is accompanied by a photograph of someone impossibly good-looking, treat this with a degree of scepticism.

·      Likewise, don’t post a picture of yourself as you looked 20 years ago!
·     When meeting someone new arrange for a friend to be close by or tell them where you’re going to be.

Whatever you do – why not make 2017 the year you really take control of your life and make yourself happier? There’s really no reason not to take New Year as a chance to create a better, more fulfilling life for yourself.