It's January. Christmas is well and truly over, and after weeks of over indulging during the festive period, it's safe to say we're all feeling a little guilty. So why not make it your New Year’s Resolution and goal to get fit and healthy to be a better you this year! Keeping active and healthy doesn't have to cost you a fortune...

Here are 5 easy steps you can take to help YOU to get fit and healthy in 2019.

1. Eat healthier 

Everything we eat has an impact on our bodies and making healthy meal choices can often be hard. Are you struggling to think of healthy meals to make? Or do you need some guidance on how to cook healthy, yet tasty meals for you and your family? Why not see what cookbooks are available in your local Emmaus shop. Our books start from as little as 50p, so there's no excuse to try something new.

Pasta and desert cookbooks

We also have a section on our website, the Companion Cookbook which shares step by step healthy recipes created by our Companions living in our Community home. 

2. A helping hand

Sometimes we all need a little helping hand; whether it be support off friends and family or gadgets to help make life a little easier. If you struggle to eat the recommended five fruit and veg a day, why not get a helping hand from a gadget or two. Food blenders and juicers are a really easy way to enjoy fruit and vegetables. Simply pop your chosen fruit or veg into a blender and blitz until smooth. Enjoy for breakfast or for a healthy snack. We have lots of food gadgets in our Emmaus shops, so make sure you look in your local store to avoid paying over the odds. 

Breville handheld blender

3. Exercise 

Eating a healthy, well balanced diet is important. However, keeping active is key! Did you know that the general exercise recommendation is to walk 10,000 steps per day? Gym memberships can be very expensive and sometimes inconvenient. So why not create a gym area in your home and carry out your daily exercise when it's convenient for you. We have a range of different exercise equipment in our shops, ranging from weights to exercise machines. Find your perfect exercise tool at a fraction of the price at your local Emmaus shop. 

An exercise bike for sale in one of our shops

Dumbbells, weights in an Emmaus shop

4. Healthy mind

Having a happy, healthy mind is really important for your overall health and wellbeing. Helping others by using your skills can have a really positive impact for all people involved. Volunteering in an Emmaus shop for example, can have a positive impact on the charity and the people we support. It can also help your confidence grow, keep you fit and active and even improve your mental health and wellbeing. 

One of our volunteers putting together an item of furniture

If you think that volunteering for Emmaus could help you achieve your goals? Click here .


5. Look good, feel good!

Some people say that if you look good you feel good. So why not treat yourself to a new item of clothing. Pop into your local Emmaus shop and buy an item of clothing that makes YOU feel amazing. It could be gym clothing to fully equipped you to carry out your exercise regime or it could be a dress that you would never have had the confidence to wear before. Don't forget, if you have clothes that no longer fit you, to donate them to your local Emmaus shop. 

Ladies sports bra

We hope these 5 simple steps can help you achieve your New Year’s Resolution to become a happier, healthier, fitter you in 2019.

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