New Year. New you?

With a New Year, we feel the need for a new us! – New Year resolutions are a start as long as we choose one(s) that are completely achievable. It’s best to start the year as you mean to go on – happier, healthier and fulfilled.
When setting goals, ask yourself am I being realistic? And do I really want to succeed? If the answers are yes, then you need to map out a week by week plan. This will allow you to get there steadily and celebrate your achievements. Each week you can look back and be proud of yourself and know that you have achieved your goal. At the end of the month you will have started to develop a new behaviour.
When selecting your New Year resolutions #YMCAclubExperts ask you to bear in mind your sprit and sense of fulfilment.
Five ways to balance our mind, body and spirit.


Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and aid our mental health. With this in mind, plan to do something different to make healthier connections.
  • Try replacing the email and text to find out how someone is, and engage in conversation to find out how they really are.
  • Take time out from social media and spend time catching up with friends and family. 
  • Give a colleague or a friend a lift to work or share the journey home with them. 
  • Say good morning or good afternoon to people you meet during the day.

Be active

Consistent and daily physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. It is also essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline, whilst promoting our well-being. Our activity doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good. We can feel better by just going for a brisk walk or doing some morning stretching. Small daily changes can also help.
Here are some ideas:
  • Take the stairs or walk escalators
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime or after dinner 
  • If you can walk or cycle to work
  • Walk to the nearest station (with a colleague) instead of taking the bus
  • Organise your weekly diary so you can attend your gym or favourite classes 2-3 times a week
  • Achieve a 10,000 step day, try to do 250 every hour
  • Use a standing desk if you can
  • Try and mix it up your training. Try out new classes (R and R, Primal Patterns, Supple Strength and our new In-Trinity class) that require mind body connection that will improve your mental pathways and wellbeing.

Take notice

Remember to take notice; cherish yesterday, live for today and dream of tomorrow. Being aware of the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring a moment can help shape your day. This heightened awareness enhances your self-understanding and it will shape your choices positively. 
Here are some ideas:
  • Take notice of how someone is feeling or acting
  • Really look; see the art, colours/shapes & architecture in your day 
  • Have plants/ flowers for your workspace & home
  • Take a different route on your journey to or from work
  • Have a regular clutter free day (donate spare clothes to charity)
  • Treat yourself to a massage/ pamper time
  • Plan a me day; choose and enjoy your favourite things to do or see.


Continued learning encourages social interaction and an active lifestyle, to learn is to empower. Educational activities can even help lift people out of depression, whilst practical learning has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing. 
Here are some ideas:
  • Learn a new language
  • Try and learn a new recipe each week
  • Learn a new word every day, try to drop it into a conversation  
  • Attend a new class, workshop or course 
  • Draw/ paint or colour in 
  • Challenge yourself with a crossword or a sudoku puzzle. 
  • Read a physical paper book. Take your eyes away from any screen
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about.


Giving back to your local community can aid your personal happiness and fulfilment. Committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period increases our wellbeing. Individuals who have a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. 
Here are some ideas:
  • Help in your local community 
  • Volunteer your time
  • Spend time helping others
  • Be a 'Good Neighbour'
  • Organise or support fundraising activities.

About the author

Terri Siabi is our Programme and Events Manager and a qualified personal trainer. She started her fitness journey as a volunteer with YMCA when she was only 13 years old. Since then, she has held various jobs in her 21 years in the industry including working with a premiership football team and being a personal training manager in the city, before settling into her calling as a fitness manager at the Central YMCA Club. Over the years Terri has developed skills ranging from lifestyle management coaching, advanced kettlebells, indoor cycling and many more. She teaches several classes on our timetable such as indoor cycling, kettlebells, primal patterns & RnR.

ymca | 5 December 2017