New Year New You

It’s a new year and it can be a new you; a creative remake of four common New Year’s Resolutions.

Lose Weight

Instead of the common “get fit” or “lose twenty pounds” switch it up a bit. Make goals like being able to do fifty sit-ups consecutively or being able to run a mile by the next year or next month. Smaller goals instead of the daunting task of “getting fit” can make it more attainable and give you a better sense of accomplishment. You can even make it more enjoyable with ideas like going hiking ever few weeks or having competitions with friends. Here’s a list of some fun things to try.

  • Get together with a group of friends and work out together
  • Join a team
  • Walk around your city and explore what it has to offer
  • Go hiking
  • Turn chores into a workout
  • Take rock climbing classes
  • Community service (say planting trees?)
  • Home yoga

Save Money

Money can be tight and to keep yourself from breaking open the piggy bank early try these different ways to keep your change locked up.

  • Shorten showers to save water
  • Get haircuts for free by getting hair done by beauty school students
  • Go vegetarian
  • Put a time limit on shopping

Take a Trip

Everyone has those dreams cities they would love to attend: London, New York, Moscow, or Hong Kong. There are hundreds of places people want to visit. To make things easier on you (and your budget) travel light, hunt for discount tickets, and plan. For those who don’t know exactly where they want to go look into going on a road trip with friends. Pool your money and trade off paying for different things. Vans and buses can be easily rented to take you across the continent. For the nautical dwellers boats can also be easily rented.

Getting Organized

Similar to getting fit labeling the entire goal as getting organized can be hard to wrap your mind around. Instead pick a room or area that you want to get cleaned. Take some time out of your schedule on the weekend an sit yourself down to get it done. Eventually you will reach the goal but setting smaller, more manageable goals can make the task easier. Trolling sites like Pinterest can also give you great ideas to help and even make it fun.

            To keep these resolutions successful make sure to keep them manageable, achievable, specific, and realistic. It often helps to have a partner in crime with you. This enables friendly completion or allows for encouragement on those snuggly mornings when getting up and exercising just doesn’t seem right. Finally, the best way to achieve your goals is to come up with a “why” to the situation. Having a reason will keep you motivated even when you want to give up.



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