Your New Year’s Resolution starts here!

The New Year is upon us and that means that thousands of people across the country will be drafting their New Year’s resolutions.

Up there with ‘quit smoking’, one of the most popular resolutions made by people is to attack the bulge that has built up over the festive period, to get fit and lose weight. For many, this usually leads to joining a local gym or health club.

But is this the right way to go? Memberships at some top gyms can cost anywhere between £30 and £60 a month are research by some financial groups has found that the average person will spend around £17,500 in their lifetime on gym memberships that they don’t use.

So can you get fit for less in the comfort of your own home? Can you find a way to actually stick to your New Year’s resolution in a way that’s convenient and fun? Well, thanks to Very, the answer is a comprehensive “yes”!

After all, healthy living doesn’t have to be a chore; it can be enjoyable and nothing has demonstrated this more than the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit.

Wii Fit is the perfect partner for somebody who is looking to get started into a regular light exercise. The focus here isn’t about making you run as hard as you can for as long as you can, it is about doing regular, constructive exercises to focus on core, balance, aerobic exercises.

Your ‘personal trainer’ will track your progress, help you set targets, give guidance on your technique and alter your routine to suit your needs. Above all, the exercises are enjoyable for everybody, whether you are a regular gym goer or somebody just dipping their toe into the world of exercise.

If you are a bit more fitness focused and fancy something a little more challenging, the Dynamix Treadmill could be more up your street.

This lets you run to your heart’s content in all weathers from the comfort of your own home, doing away with those wet and windy jogs around the local park!

With the Dynamix Treadmill, you can ease your way back into exercising with a gentle walking pace or feel the burn with a run up to a maximum speed of 10mph, with the additional option of increasing the incline to simulate walking or running up hilly terrain. The onboard computer measures speed, time, distance, calories and heart rate, has six pre-programmed workouts and the treadmill folds away when not in use.

Regular exercise is great, but ask any expert and they will tell you that a healthy, active lifestyle isn’t something that comes from just a few hours or exercise every week – it comes from making small but effective changes to your lifestyle – and that’s where our next products come in.

We’ll start with your mode of transport. Now, we’re not for a second suggesting that you can do without your car, but consider how many avoidable journeys that you make. Do you drive to the shop for a spare pint of milk? Do you drive to the newsagents for the Sunday paper? Instead, why not walk or even cycle?

We have picked out this Boss Stealth 26in dual suspension mens bike, not least because it comes with £40 off in the Very.co.uk sale, as the ideal form of health-conscious transport for 2011.

With a rugged hi-tensile steel B-type dual suspension frame, front and rear suspension forks, mountain bike-style handlebars, comfy padded seat and Sure Grip mountain bike tyres, this is the ideal alternative for those short journeys.

And finally, we finish off without doing any exercise at all. In fact, we don’t think that you need to change anything at all, other than your fryer.

Healthy eating is the key to healthy living, so this Tefal ActiFry is the perfect addition to any home.

All you need is just one spoonful of oil to make 1kg of chips – enough to feed a family of four, making it much kinder to your heart. It’s also safer than your traditional chip pan, easier to clean and much more economical to run – all without having to compromise on taste!

As well as chips, you can also use the Tefal ActiFry to make a whole range of other meals – including stir-fried vegetables, meat, fish and even pudding! A recipe book is included to give you plenty of tasty meal ideas.

29th December 2010
Written by Very_Lauren