‘Fresh start effect’: Expert tips to reach your health and fitness goals

With the new year in full swing, Dr Mosima Mabunda shares how you can become the healthiest version of yourself, with a few simple tips by experts from the Discovery Vitality team. 


As the new year unfolds, it offers us a blank canvas for a fresh start. Many individuals discover that beginning something new or approaching tasks with renewed vigour is easier during a new week, a fresh month, or after celebrating a birthday.

This phenomenon, known as the ‘fresh start effect’, grants us a clean slate – a chance to leave past setbacks behind and recommit to our aspirations. So, muster the courage to take that first step, begin with small strides, build upon them, and persevere.

Coach Peteni Kuzwayo’s story shows the power of fresh starts.

Peteni, who is the Team Vitality Club manager, once stood exactly where many of us find ourselves at some point – out

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