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Ask the experts: New Year, new you

Friday 2nd January

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, how do healthcare professionals hope to improve their lifestyle? Read on to find out more...

The alternative therapist

Sunita Passi, Ayurveda therapist and meditation teacher, and founder of Tri-Dosha ayurvedic skincare.

“I am lucky to have reached a point in my career where I feel things are in place, opportunities are rolling in, and I am floating freely to explore other passions. I want to take my hands off the controls a little so that I can dedicate some time to helping others. On a local level, this will take shape as a charity run, and on an international level, this will be by supporting our links in India which are doing great work to raise money for others less fortunate and in poor health.

“A seeker through and through, I am always looking for ways to improve myself personally, professionally and spiritually. Over the last few years, learning has pretty much been professionally focused, so this year I plan to learn something new – just for fun! I’m not sure what this is yet, but believe me, when I find it I know it will be a huge motivation for me. After all, knowledge is one thing but wisdom and playfulness keep the heart light!”

The nutritionist

Karen Cummings-Palmer, certified health and nutrition coach.

“I believe in creating new healthy rituals to live by, from daily movement to incorporating immune-boosting, age management superfoods into my diet. I also know that the sacrifice of good in pursuit of perfection is foolish, stressful and ageing.

“I've resolved to dedicate more time to conscious relaxation, which means breathing deeply, meditating each night before sleep and switching off my phone at least two hours before bedtime.”

The health journalist

Lesley Dobson, member of the Guild of Health Writers and a regular contributor to benhealth magazine. You can follow Lesley on Twitter.

“The more I write about health, the more evidence I find for the benefits of exercising regularly. So my resolution for 2015 is to exercise more. I’m starting with walking – it’s free, and it works.

“I’m aiming for 10,000 steps a day, at a brisk pace, divided into three walks a day. By exercising more than I used to, my health will improve, I’ll have more energy, less stress and may improve my heart health and reduce my risk of breast, colon and womb cancer. I’m trying to cut back on my sugar intake, too. Wish me luck.”

The sports therapist

Amberin Fur - consultant osteopath and part of the central medical team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“My resolution is to reconnect with an activity that made me feel inspired in my youth, before the husband, children, work and responsibilities (as much as I love them all!). When I was just me and did things for the simple enjoyment of it.

“For me, it was team sports, so I have signed up for a local netball league and rekindled some of the energy lost. It has put a spring in my step and a smile on my face."

A healthier you

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