Last month for Western New Year (following the Gregorian calendar) I discussed five key signs your training efforts are failing. Two new years allows a double opportunity to start 2018 in the most positive way possible. Last month we looked at training, now I want to make suggestions for health. So if you haven’t kick-started your efforts yet… the Lunar New Year provides a second chance.

A healthy functioning body is the most valuable asset you possess. It’s the first thing of value given to you when you enter this world and you owe it to yourself to value it and increase its functioning value. This article touches on the four key underlying elements to create a healthy body and life for yourself, so you can enjoy life to the fullest.

1 – Think Right:
“As your mind flows so your life goes”. Meaning that your life is a product of the thoughts you think, which leads to the actions you do, which then creates the results you see. Someone who is 10 kilos overweight cannot lose that weight if they continue to think that they must eat ice cream every day to be happy. Clearly the key to changing this ingrained habit pattern is to progressively change that way of thinking to one that will produce right habits/actions. Habit change is the true path to success… do not try to complete a diet, instead aim to adopt healthy habits.

2 – Eating and Drinking Right:
This is obvious – right? Then why is it so hard to accomplish? Many people find this hard to do because they’ve long formed improper eating habits that can be very hard to change without assistance. Eating healthy food is easy but changing a habit is very difficult. How would you rate your eating habits? Health is fuelled by the food you eat. Understand that your body is a living organism that uses the food you consume to recreate itself. Before a cell dies it reproduces another cell from the food you are currently consuming. So consider this: If you had the choice would you create your body from the nutrients in the food you are consuming right now?

3 – Resting Right:
Rest = Restoration. While exercise and movement are essential for stimulating circulation and the elimination of toxins, rest and sleep provide an opportunity for the body to cleanse, repair, and rejuvenate on a deep cellular level. This is the most commonly overlooked and misunderstood element of health. Nourishing your body with plenty of healing sleep and rest is essential.

4 – Being Happy:
You are responsible for your own happiness! Happiness is a mindset. Some people would consider the possibility of being happy every day to be impossible but I’m here to tell you that it is possible. How you look at yourself and the world is totally in your control. YES IT IS! Psychologists say that we can be trained to be happy. How? Well for starters I recommend that you tell yourself some positive affirmations. “I choose to be happy and I deserve to be happy”, “I am kind, I am loving, I am happy” and “I perform my random act of kindness regularly. Kindness breed’s love and love results in happiness” for example. What you tell yourself over and over you will become.

Secondly, I recommend that you smile and say “HI” to as many people as you can throughout the day. Some people will ignore you but others will light up… Simply giving and then receiving a smile has more power than you can imagine. These two tips alone are enough to improve your mood and outcome in life significantly. Abraham Lincoln said “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” So let put your mind to it.

Phil Kelly is a health practitioner and expert in body transformation. His services are available at Star Fitness (