TIPS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
Each year a third of us will pick New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, stress less, spend more time with family and friends, eat more healthily and improve your health. But did you know you can achieve a lot of these whilst commuting to work? To help you achieve your New Year’s resolution National Rail have teamed up with fitness and mindfulness guru, Alison Hatcher from Studio One.
Ditch the car and walk or cycle to work or your nearest train station instead. In 2017 there was £9.6m invested in improving cycle parking and cycle facilities at stations. There are now over 76,000 cycle spaces across England. A lot of these contain Cycle Hubs, CCTV security, repair facilities, changing rooms etc. Cycling helps to improve your cardiovascular fitness and has also been proven to lower fatigue, so it’s a great way to start your day, burn some extra calories and improve your fitness levels at the same time.
Reclaim some ‘me-time’ on your journey by preparing yourself mentally for the day ahead. On your train spend 5-10 minutes doing a guided meditation. Using mindfulness has been scientifically proven to help you improve your mental wellbeing and reduce stress levels. Try and fit it in to your journey home too, so you can really switch off and spend quality time with your family and friends.
Spend more time with Family & Friends
Did you know you can take advantage of 2FOR1 on lots of great attractions when you travel by train? If the answer is no then in 2018 make sure you join the 1m+ people that do so each year. Some of the most visited Days Out Guide attractions in 2017 were London Eye, ZSL London Zoo and Madame Tussauds.
You can also save 1/3 on most rail fares in Britain when you travel using a Railcard. A Family & Friends Railcard will save you an average of £131 a year on travel for just £30. And the more you travel, the more you save!
Eat more healthily
It’s estimated that there will be over 20m peak journeys by train this week. Use your commute to organise what food you need to buy and what healthy meals you’re going to have for the week ahead. Once you’ve done that you can spend your extra time doing some mindfulness or some subtle stretches.
Improve your health
The latest ONS stats on sickness absences rates revealed that over 30.8m work days were lost due to musculoskeletal problems. We tend to hold a lot of tension in our neck muscles so whilst you’re on the train sneak in some discreet stretches. Stretching is just as important as lifting weights or getting your heart rate up. Sit up tall, take one long inhale, and then as you exhale draw your right ear down towards your right shoulder. To increase the stretch, you can place your right hand on top of your left ear, so that the weight of your hand will deepen the intensity. After 10 breaths, repeat on the left-hand side. Listen to what your body is telling you and seek medical advice if you have any concerns.
Alison Hatcher from Studio One explains: “It is more than possible to stay fit and healthy in a modern society. All you need to do is make small changes to your existing routine, like your train journey to and from work. A lot of people tend to go wrong by making drastic changes to their lifestyles. By making and building on small changes you’ll feel more in control and will be more likely to achieve your goals.”
For more information about cycling by train, days out and Railcards visit www.nationalrail.co.uk