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No one wants to overhaul their entire life, but focus on those first steps and you’ll be on the path to better health. We asked experts in health, fitness and psychology for their topline advice…

Stretch your legs after lunch

If you’re trying to control your blood sugar levels, one simple, easy thing to do it is to get moving after you eat. Studies show a bout of activity can stabilise blood sugar regulation. So, rather than having your meal and sitting on the sofa, go for a short walk to reduce the spike of glucose coursing through your body. Research suggests that shorter, more frequent walks lasting around 10 minutes each are more effective at reducing glucose than walking for half an hour. It might be harder in the evenings, when it’s cold and dark outside, but you could aim to have a walk after lunch – I always do! The Doctor’s Kitchen by Dr Rupy Aujla (Harper Thorsons, £14.99) is out now.

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Get your healthy new year off to a great start with our nutrition editor's guide to the best kickstart diets, comfort food made healthier, plant-based recipes plus help on cutting down on alcohol and getting more vitamin D. We've also got remedies for dry winter skin and fitness plans for all ages that really work. Everything you need to start the healthier way you mean to go on!