The NEW YEAR is the perfect chance to improve our health and fitness after the indulgences of the festive season.The most popular new year resolutions are to lose weight, get fit, eat right and reduce stress. To lose weight, you must start to exercise more (get fit) and start to eat healthier, more nutritious foods to provide you with the energy required to be more active, without putting on even more weight. It is worth reminding you here that to lose weight may actually require you to eat a little more in the long term, assuming you do not exercise now.HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT To lose weight we merely need to increase physical activity and eat a healthier, more BALANCED DIET. The best way to do this is to set yourself GOALS. If you know that your diet is not ideal, but are not sure exactly where you are going wrong, then you must keep a food diary for a couple of weeks at the start of the New Year. This will quickly highlight where you are going wrong.SEAT RELISTIC HEALTH AND FITNESS GOALSGoals can be based on endurance (exercising for longer periods each session), strength (lifting heavier weights, or lifting more repetitions of the same weight), frequency (exercising more often, such as 3 times a week, twice a day). When setting goals, always set goals that are attainable.Performing more repetitions of an exercise. This is very useful when doing circuit training in the gym or at home. For example, you could aim to do one more repetition each day you exercise. EAT HEALTHIEREat 5 pieces of fruit and veg a day for improved healthConsume no carbs after 4pm to limit caloriesEat at least 3 portions of oily fish a week for optimum nutritionUse olive oil rather than the usual salad dressing for healthier mealsEat less cakes, junk food, biscuits, sweets etc. to avoid empty calories REDUCE YOUR STRESS LEVELHopefully a healthier lifestyle, increased physical activity and better diet will help to reduce stress. If you are still struggling, then consider joining a class aimed at relaxation, such as YOGA, or any other exercise class where you get to meet other people and unwind.RUNNING is the best way to help you to reduce stress. Make sure you have time to yourself, away from work, away from family, at least once a week. Make a special time for yourself when you can relax, read a book, sit quietly in a chair and contemplate life, alone, without any interruption. KEYS NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS: Lose weight, Get fit and Be Stress FREE:follow these rules:Keep a food diary, take control of you daily eating habits, shop for healthier foods.Exercise more than you do now, aim for 3 times a week, and increase each week. Consider how your eating habits interact with your exercise regimes.Take time out to relax by yourself, and contemplate the good work that you are doing. ARE YOU READY TO START?