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Get your body in shape for 2012.

Make a healthy lifestyle your resolution priority WHEN it comes to making New Year's resolutions, your health and wellbeing often comes top of the list. Experts reveal their healthiest tips for 2012 BE A QUITTER TV doctor Hilary Jones points out that quitting smoking is one of the most effective ways a person can improve their health.

"If you haven't already, this is the year to quit smoking. It's the greatest single step you can take to ensure future good health," he says. ? Visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree OUT FROM THE DESK It can be a struggle for office-bound workers to find time to exercise, say experts, and as a result, fitness levels can suffer. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) suggests employees and employers resolve to make health in the workplace a priority in the New Year.

Becoming more active is also recommended by Arthritis Research UK. "This year we're recommending that instead of relying on painkillers, people with back pain try yoga," says Professor Alan Silman, medical director at Arthritis Research UK. ? Visit www.yogaforbacks.co.uk FOOD FOR THOUGHT Feeding your body a nutritious diet goes hand in hand with maintaining physical fitness. One way to maintain healthy eating resolutions is by keeping a food diary, suggest MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition... Do it!), who run family healthy eating and fitness programmes.

They suggest writing down everything you eat and drink and then you can begin identifying your dietary strengths and weaknesses.

"Only once we identify the factors impacting on our food choices and patterns - and see when and why we're doing things the way we are - can we work on breaking any habits contributing to them," says Lucy Hannagan of MEND.

Dehydration can also lead to more severe symptoms such as fatigue and headaches, and is a more common problem than many realise, so we should drink more water.

CHECK IT OUT As well as taking steps to improve your health at the start of 2012, it may be an idea to check your current physical condition. Adults who have not seen their GP for three years are entitled to a general health check-up. This will usually include height and weight measurements, a blood pressure check, and cholesterol and blood sugar tests.

In addition, the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) suggest an oral examination.

Another area that people can overlook is their skin, say the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). The organisation suggests people resolve to check their skin regularly for any new moles, or a mole that's changing rapidly, as well as changes to patches of skin.

. ? www.bad.org.uk/sunawareness

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