NEW YEAR - FITTER YOU!

6. Even the top athletes have high and low weeks when it comes to exercise. Illness, stress or tiredness can all determine how much physical activity you can cope with in one week.

Don’t: become disheartened when you don’t see immediate results.

Do: keep in mind how good you’ll look when you can strut about confidently in that summer swimsuit. Like anything fitness takes time to build and patience is the key. Carry on the cardio with regular sessions that get your heart beating at a moderate pace and you will soon notice the difference – inside and out!

Ask friends or family to keep reminding you of your goals, write them down on post-it notes and stick them about the house to keep or keep a diary of your achievements.

7. Chocolate selection boxes wouldn’t be any fun if there were no variety to choose from. Exercise your mind as well as your body with new and inventive ways to take up physical activity so that it becomes a fun and enjoyable part of your lifestyle.

Don’t: stick to the same old tired routine.

Do: mix up your sessions by varying your equipment, intensity or length of your activity - use cross –trainers, rowing machines, treadmills, steppers and bikes to inject some variety.

Think outside your usual means – Wales has a fantastic array of national parks, coastlines and mountainous walks where you could swim, cycling, walking or climb your way through the fresh New Year air.