Change the way you try to achieve health goals

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Now is the time of year when New Year’s resolutions start to crumble, or perhaps completely evaporate.

Though you may still want to lose weight, stop smoking and take more exercise, there’s a good chance you’ll have stopped trying by now.

And that word ‘try’ is part of the problem, says health coach Anne Marshall, author of The Health Factor.

In her new book, the former lecturer in nursing and midwifery argues that people should simply say they intend to make a change.

‘As a health coach I see many of my clients struggle to achieve their goals and the result can be unnecessary feelings of disappointment and failure,’ she explains.

‘My best tip is simply this: stop trying.

‘You’ll have a much greater chance of achieving your goal if you ‘intend’ to do something and seize your potential.’

Anne’s work involves encouraging people to become guardians of their own wellness.

‘Health coaching is already very popular in the States and is emerging in the UK,’ she adds.

‘The new government is focusing its attention on self-care and we’re getting more interest from the NHS.

‘It’s an emerging niche in the established profession of life coaching.’

The health writer believes people can coach themselves to better general health and wellbeing by employing a series of simple techniques.

She suggests writing an annual health plan. Her book is full of tips and activities designed to encourage people to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, instead of waiting until they fall ill before making those changes. The Health Factor by Anne Marshall is published by Bookshaker, priced £12, or visit