Including Christmas sales, estimates suggest that around 53 million fitness trackers will have been sold in 2016. It's a staggering amount and a figure which, as the CEO of a sport and leisure trust and a former athlete, should fill me with joy. After all, how amazing is it that all these people are taking such a proactive approach to their health and fitness?
Three hours later I had fallen a little bit in love. Vera is 97 writes poetry, knits scarves for the homeless and loves meeting new people. Every day she goes out to different places to meet people and do things rather than taking the easy route and staying safely in front of the TV.
New Year, New You? Have you started the year focused on changing how you look this year? What if the diet you've started is actually going to make you...
I've always been my own worst critic and for too long, social media has enabled a personality trait that I've tried so hard to overcome. Having instant access to other people's carefully crafted lives is a sure-fire way to make you doubt your own progress, even when deep down, you know 80% of social posting is one big facade.
It was about 3pm on a dark January day, the rain was incessant and the sky was dirty grey. I had spent 2 hours taking down the decorations and hoovering the pine needles. I laid a fire, made myself a cup of tea and lit some candles in the living room. I had already printed out a "New Year Goal Setting" workbook.
As we laid iconic celebrities to rest and watched the world teeter towards global catastrophe we were constantly reminded of two things; that life really is too short, and that we must live every day as if it was our last.
Most people these days can reel off a list of things we need to do to stay healthy - exercise, nutrition, water, sleep etc. The elements of what I call the Outer Game of Health. But how often do we follow our own good advice?
Crikey - it's so easy to feel a failure isn't it - so easy to look at everyone else with their acts together (or so it appears)... in the gym, glowing faces, bouncing around all over the place - but really is that what's actually going on behind closed doors? Who really knows!?
And of course, what do you need to go on the diet? Spend a crap load of money. There's the book, the app, the diet planner, the special delivery service, the shame alarm, the warning bell on your fridge that goes off whenever you open it. If it's marketed as 'healthy living,' you can bet your wobbly arse that there are a whole load of products to go along with it.
The beginning of the new year is a time of great significance and the magnificent promise of fresh new beginnings. It is when we typically put pen to paper and create a resolution list of all of the the larger-than-life things we want to accomplish.
As we leave one very strange year behind and look to what a new year holds, we could all do a lot worse than supporting each other on individual challenges and dreams. And if businesses are finding ways to help us maintain our resolutions, then so much the better. Good luck!
A few years ago I started running to deliver the newspaper to an old man called Terry. It got me into running - now, there are thousands of us who are running to help out in cities across the UK. We run in groups to do physical tasks for community organisations and separately to help isolated older people.
Like so many women I spend a lot of time flicking through Instagram. A lot of men do the same but women are more critical of each other. We compare ou...
Less than an hour later I was back in bed, wishing I'd never left it. My workout had been lethargic, personal bests were untroubled, and last sets and then whole exercises fell under the wheels of this slow-motion car crash.
I'm not dismissing making positive changes to your life; on the contrary, I'm all for learning, improving and evolving, but I find that change happens when you're mentally in the right place - not because society dictates that the first of January is the day on which we ditch all our bad habits and become mung bean-munching paragons of virtue. It's just not realistic.
If you're looking at getting fitter, healthier and happier in 2017 why not go out more with friends and family or explore and discover in the hidden gems in your community - you may find being active is easier than you think!