There’s nothing like the turn in the year to kick start positivity and a healthier attitude to life. Across Northern Ireland, thousands of us have resolved to make 2017 the year that we eat well and exercise more. With healthy lifestyles at the top of the agenda in January, we’ve put together 5 tips, inspired by products we have spotted in the Main Street, My Street Bangor shops, that ‘ll help you stick to your healthy resolutions for a few more weeks…. at least!

1. Keep a Track

Invest in a Fit bit, a brilliant motivator to get everyone, regardless of fitness levels or age, moving more…10,000 steps a day is the recommended goal for a healthy lifestyle. These were a big seller at Christmas, check out O2 on Main Street for a range of devices and advice from their knowledgeable team.

Fit Bit from O2, Main Street Bangor
Fit Bit from O2, Main Street Bangor

2. Souper charge your diet

Choosing soup for lunch can significantly improve your chances of steering clear of the biscuit tin come 4pm. A hearty soup combats blood sugar slumps ensuring that your healthy eating plans stay on track. Tefal’s Soup Maker is a super handy way of making a batch of soup in one pot with minimum effort…just what you need on a busy weekday!

Tefal Soup Maker £50 at Menarys
Tefal Soup Maker £50 at Menarys

3. Look the part

Having the right gear and feeling confident about yourself is key to sticking to your goals, so ditch the baggy t-shirt and invest in some stylish kit to help you feel good. Well known for designer labels, there are several capsule collections of athelisure wear in Excel Clothing on Main Street, Bangor. They have a great range of Hugo Boss sportswear and accessories for men and we’ve heard that Ted Baker women’s workout wear will be coming soon!

Hugo Boss Sportswear from Excel Clothing Bangor
Hugo Boss Sportswear from Excel Clothing Bangor

4. Move more everyday

One of the big bonuses of living in Bangor is definitely the stunning coastline and varied walking routes. If gym memberships and studio classes aren’t your thing, you can still improve your fitness, burn calories and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors by simply going walking….all you need is a slot in the diary and a great pair of walking shoes! Not sure what shoes are best for you, the first floor in Surf Mountain is definitely worth checking out for walking footwear for all terrains and budgets.

Walking Shoes from Surf Mountain
Walking Shoes from Surf Mountain

5. Support along the way!

Everything is easier when you’ve got support on your side and we don’t just mean a fitness buddy. Make a beeline for the lingerie department in Menarys and get fitted for a comfortable sports bra, the support will make a big difference!

Sports Bra Fitting in Menarys, Bangor
Sports Bra Fitting in Menarys, Bangor

Kick start your way to a healthier new you and enter our latest competition on to win a Juicer from Menarys, Hamper from Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt and a stash of fruit to get you started! Enter here.