Most of us go through the process of making New Year’s resolutions - with varying degrees of success! Celebrities reveal the rituals they hope to keep in 2013
Sue Perkins, who has a new BBC Two show, Heading Out, beginning in 2013, says: “My New Year resolution is to get scoffing! I have to make sure that I’ve prepared my stomach for the onslaught of series five of the Great British Bake Off.
“That means I have to make sure I eat a goodly quantity of scones, cakes, tarts, flans, pies, biscuits, tortes and meringues in preparation for when we start filming in April. I take it seriously. My stomach doesn’t expand by itself. It needs work, so I’m putting in the hours.”
Hollywood star Gerard Butler, 43, whose stars in Playing For Keeps, says: “Next year my resolution is to embark on a lot of internal, more spiritual things, and explore that side of my life.”
After nearly dying in a surfing accident in 2011 while filming Chasing Mavericks, the Scottish-born actor says he now has a different perspective on life.
“That accident made me reassess a lot of stuff. On the positive side, it made me realise you live from moment to moment.
“I’ve had a few close calls but that was probably the closest. So now I regard life as having different chapters, and it’s about enjoying each one and that’s my focus for 2013.”
Television presenter Angela Rippon, 68, says: “I have chronic lower back problems, sustained from riding injuries when I took part in eventing years ago, which trouble me periodically, so every new year I resolve to be conscientious about exercising regularly. I cycle, play tennis and doing pilates.
“It’s particularly important to keep your legs healthy and supple because that keeps you mobile and enables you to stay independent and active. So my number one resolution is to workout daily.”
:: Angela Rippon supports the Activa campaign to ensure leg health. For more information, visit www.activahealthcare.co.uk
TV presenter and journalist Clare Balding says: “My New Year resolution is to keep walking and enjoying the outdoors.
“Walking is probably the most important thing I do for my health. I love it and when I’m home there’s nothing better for me than going out and about with our dog, Archie, giving him some exercise.
“I’m doing a programme for Radio 4, Rambling, where I travel to places in the UK and go walking in the countryside, talking to everyone from naturalists to birdwatchers. It’s one of my greatest pleasures.
“I’m outside in the elements, seeing fantastic landscape, with a huge variety of people who all know what they’re talking about, so I learn a huge amount. It ticks all the boxes.”
Olympian and TV presenter Sharron Davies, 50, says: “I’m resolving to do more exercise than I currently manage.
“As a working mum with three kids, juggling caring for them and ferrying them to all their activities, as well as the travelling involved in my career, my needs - such as keeping fit - can come at the bottom of the list.
“But in 2013 I’m determined to find a bit of ‘me’ time, so that I can workout properly. Cycling is excellent for me because I have a problem with one of my knees.
“It’s all about getting into your head that it’s not selfish to allow yourself some personal time, which I think a lot of women struggle with.
“But if you do you end up happier with the way you look and feel, then you perform better at home and at work.”
:: Sharron Davies uses Homedics iHeal, £49.99, Boots, which helps relieve pain from soft tissue injuries and arthritis.
Weather forecaster and TV presenter Clare Nasir, 42, says: “I do believe that if you have a healthy mind, you have a healthy body. So I try and meditate every morning for 20 minutes, but with a busy schedule that’s hard sometimes.”
Nasir, who dramatically lost three stone three years ago and is now a trim 8st, says: “In 2013 I’m aiming to meditate daily. It makes such a difference if I start the day in a zone where I feel really happy and clear-headed and then it’s easier for me to stick to my healthy-eating habits.
“I use flower essences in an emotional eating kit to help me avoid food temptations. There’s a real connection with the way you feel about yourself and what you eat, so keeping focused and being on a good level is a good thing for me.”
:: Clare Nasir uses the Bach Emotional Eating Kit, £11, from Nelsons Pharmacy. For more information, call 020 7079 1288 or visit www.nelsonspharmacy.com
Brendan Cole, 36, the professional ballroom dancer who partnered Victoria Pendleton on the latest series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, says: “I don’t do resolutions because I like to live in the moment.
“As I don’t smoke and I don’t drink very much, all I have to moderate is my love for ginger nut biscuits, peanut slabs and the odd sweetie. Dancing and touring with my own show is physically demanding and keeps me fit.
“It’s going to be a busy year for me as my wife, Zoe, is having our baby in the new year and I can’t wait to be a dad. I promise every year I will learn to play the piano but I have a feeling that’s not going to happen this year!”
:: Brendan Cole’s Licence To Thrill tour starts from January 20, 2013. For more information, visit www.brendancole.com
Actress Natalie Cassidy, 29, who has a two-year-old daughter, Eliza, has recently dropped two dress sizes following a new diet and fitness plan.
“My New Year’s resolution is to stop yo-yo dieting, which I’ve been prone to, and keep up my new fitness regime. I also take a digestive aid, which helps beat the bloat and keeps my tummy flat.
“I also plan to teach my daughter a difficult new word every week!”
:: Natalie Cassidy takes Thisilyn Artichoke, £5 for 30 capsules, available from www.thisilynartichoke.co.uk
Carol Vorderman, co-presenter on ITV’s Loose Women, says her New Year resolution is to keep taking a health supplement.
“I don’t believe in taking a lot of pills and potions but Bioglan Red Krill Oil is an advanced omega-3 which helps support your heart, brain and eye health.
“It’s a simple, effective way to help keep your body in good health, inside and out.”
:: Bioglan Red Krill Oil, £14.39, is available from Boots, Waitrose and Bioglan. For more information, call 0845 6122 080 or visit www.bioglan.co.uk
TV presenter Melinda Messenger, 41, says: “I’m endeavouring to eat more nutritiously in this coming year.
“I’m vegetarian but I want to up my intake of fish, and also plan to do more yoga. I’ve really noticed the difference in my health since I tried it and in January I’m going to start practising it regularly.
“Getting outdoors more, which helps me de-stress, is also on my resolution list, and I also take a natural remedy, KarmaMood St John’s Wort.”
:: KarmaMood Maximum Strength St John’s Wort, £10.20 for 30 tablets, available from pharmacies including Boots. For more information, visit www.karmamood.co.uk