I bet there's a lot of you out there with firm ideas about how 2023 is going to work out?

New Year resolutions being written down and I bet there is something in there about diet and fitness!

Every year, I say that this is the year I'm going to finally shift that baby weight, that baby weight that has been hanging about for 30 years - HA!

I always start with good intentions and to be fair I do go to the gym a few times a week but I have a desk job and I love my food so it's burnt off and replaced very quickly. 

The health and fitness industry is a multi billion $$ affair which thrives on people like me who generally don't like exercise but do it so I can have treats. Even if you’re not quite ready to hit the treadmill or weights room just yet there are many ways to get moving and ease your way back to some normality and better health especially after the over-indulgence of Christmas.

We have all read the advice about altering our commute. Getting off the bus a stop earlier, parking the car a little bit further away from work and running up stairs rather than taking the lift. It works!  The equation is simple, burn off more than you put in.

I suppose the trick is finding something that is enjoyable.

If the gym fills you with dread there are so many more ways to get active and have fun. 

Dancing: You don't need to be a Strictly pro to dance, turn up the music and throw some shapes whilst cooking tea, or get the kids involved and have a dance off - the funnier the better!

Walking: It won't be long before the days get longer and warmer but even in these colder months why not meet up with a friend to enjoy the outdoors and get on the go for a walk through the park or even just round the block, the physical and mental health benefits of being outdoors and having a chat with your pals is huge! 

You can even make it a date and stop for a coffee, a little of what you fancy does you good they say! Even better if you treat yourself or your friend to one of our eco gift boxes.  Some of our gift boxes contain beautiful, recycled and sustainable Ecoffee cups or sustainable bamboo travel mugs, you’ll look great, be making yourself feel better and helping to reduce waste!

Gardening: If you have outdoor space at home, now is the time to start turning over those beds and thinking about sowing some seeds for the summer.  We have a selection of gardening gift boxes available ideal for tubs and pots as well as borders.  The gift boxes have been brought together to either help wildlife, enhance spring or provide some white blossom for shady spots in your garden.  So when you can have guests outside again not only will they love the work you have put in, they will envy the lovely co-ordinated mug that comes with each of the seed box gifts.

Part of getting back to better health is taking care of your mind too. There has been a surge in mindfulness and relaxation gifts which we feel are essential.  It is important that you pamper your mind as well as your body. 

Why not send a gift box to a loved one or training partner?  Our relax gift box as well as the mindful, hug and happy all come beautifully gift wrapped with a personalised card and make stunning, complete and well thought out gifts.  We really love the collections of boxes to send as gifts that the team has pulled together and hope you do to.

We all have so much to worry about right now, don't make your own well-being another worry. Remove the guilt and turn it into fun!