4 New Year’s Resolutions You Don't Want to Break

There’s something about the start of a new year that turns us all into optimists. We enter January full of motivation to try new things, whether it's socialising more, running a 10K, or finally giving up that bad habit we’ve been meaning to break. Yet, after a few weeks, our enthusiasm sags, and we end up back at square one, making excuses for our lack of commitment to our goals.

You don’t have to follow through on all of your New Year’s resolutions. Life is tough, and some days you aren’t going to feel like going to the gym or taking that late language class. However, some resolutions are worth sticking to, so aim for just one this year and be sure to give it your all.

Exercising More

Have you ever gone out jogging on the first day of a new year and spotted hoards of other frosty-looking mortals doing the same? Exercising more is perhaps the most common New Year’s resolution, yet it’s usually the one most people give up on after a few weeks, regressing back to hitting the snooze button.

According to the NHS website, to remain in peak health, adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking each week, as well as regular strength exercises that work out the muscles. If you’re not getting regular exercise, you could be at risk of weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke, so exercising more is definitely a resolution to stick to.

Quitting Your Bad Habits

We all know what habits we need to break and we usually have the best of intentions when January comes around. However, changing bad habits is easier said than done, particularly if they are well ingrained.

If you’re a big drinker, try a dry January to detox after the festive season. If you know you need to get more shut-eye, then start going to bed an hour earlier. Lastly, if you’re still smoking cigarettes, ditch them! By following the vaping trend, you’ll lower your risk of cancer, lung disease and other respiratory complications. Treat yourself to a vaporiser and some flavoured vape liquid in the New Year and phase out your unhealthy smoking habit.

Saving Money

Saving money can be tremendously difficult, mainly as it usually takes some time to reap the rewards. Whether you’re saving towards a specific item, growing your travelling fund or waiting to purchase your first home, keeping some extra cash aside is always a good idea.

If your New Year’s resolution is to save money, start by tracking all of your expenses for a week to see where your spare cash goes. There are some useful saving apps that can help you achieve your goals, so try to get organised, so you’re ready to start penny-pinching once Christmas is over.

Trying New Things

If you’re stuck in a rut, being more adventurous is a resolution worth sticking to. It may be challenging to stray outside of your comfort zone, but doing something that scares you could be just what you need to build your confidence and broaden your view of the world.

You don’t need to go skydiving or travel to a remote island to unleash your inner adventurer. Trying something new could be as simple as acquiring new cooking skills, learning a new language or conquering your fear of the dentist.


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