The key to a long and happy life is ensuring you have a healthy body and mind.

Make sure one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to look after yourself, whether it’s including more fruit in your diet, staying positive, or exercising more. Here, we’ve got some tips and guides to get you started.


People always say that it’s important to eat well, and that’s because it’s true! The food you eat is what fuels you throughout the day, so it needs to be nourishing.

If you really want to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet, take a look at The Art of Eating Well by the Hemsley sisters. The book was snapped up around the world in 2014 when it was released, thanks to nearly 200 recipes which are free from grain, gluten and refined sugar. Start your New Year off right by eating healthier and you’ll notice the benefits in the long term.

Jamie Oliver offers handy hints with Every Day Super Food, which focuses on how a balanced diet can make us happier. The word ‘balanced’ gets bandied about a lot when it comes to food, but few of us truly know what it means. Here, Jamie Oliver breaks it down, from portion control to ingredients, to set you on the path to health for 2019.

Bear Grylls has to be one of the healthiest blokes around, with all the hiking and exploring he does. In his recipe book, Fuel for Life, Grylls gives you an achievable eight week eating plan to become your healthiest self. Start now, and you’ll be in tip top shape by March!

You can also find brilliant recipes and health tips every month in Men's Health and Women's Health in our E-magazine collection.

This brilliant digital resource is available to Library Members, and lets you download the magazines and read them on your device.


It’s time to get up, get out there and get fit. Your heart is a muscle that must be kept strong, so whether you take up running or cycling, swimming or boxing, stick with it! One thing you definitely need though, is willpower, and lots of it. Take a look at Willpower: Rediscovering Our Greatest Strength to inspire you.

This might be the year you decide to run a marathon, and why not? With Running: Getting Started, you can develop stamina, strength and speed with useful tips and exercises.

For one of the best cardio workouts out there, why not take up boxing this New Year? Don’t worry if you don’t know much about the sport – check out Fitness Boxing: the Ultimate Workout to see if it tickles your fancy.

Library members should take a look at Health and Fitness magazine, which has a host of tips on healthy eating to handy exercises to get in shape. Men’s Fitness also offers a guide tailored to men on how to hone your physique and feel great.


We often forget that the mind needs just as much looking after as the body. While eating right and exercising certainly nourish the mind as much as the body, it is also crucial to train your thoughts and cultivate happiness.

Doreen Davy offers a definitive guide in her book, Emotional Life - Managing Your Feelings to Make the Most of Your Precious Time on Earth

Make this the year that you don’t give in to stress, whether it’s at work or in your personal life. Meditation is brilliant for coping with high-pressure situations and Spiers’ book Show Stress Who’s Boss has loads of useful tips for staying calm and focused. At home, you can cultivate your inner calm by de-cluttering your house and organising your life.

It sounds far too simple, but it really works, just read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever to find out how.

If you want to dive a bit more into psychology to see how you could live better, try How to Understand the Mind: The Nature and Power of the Mind to open your mind to all the possibilities 2019 may hold.

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