Come January, every one of us will wake up with a new vigour to make 2019 a great year by setting New Year’s resolutions, but are you setting the right goals?
We all start the New Year with the best of intentions, and setting our resolutions is a big part of that. But if you, like us, find yourself struggling before spring even arrives, it might be because you’re setting the wrong goals.
Here’s our guide to setting realistic resolutions that you can really stick to.
Don’t join the gym – join a class
This is the one that grinds the gears of every regular gym-goer. In January, gyms are packed with no free equipment in sight. Come February, the rush has died down and those who joined up with the intention to get fit are left feeling flat – not to mention paying a monthly membership fee that will continue to haunt them all year round.
Instead, why not make 2019 the year to commit to getting in shape but in a fun way that won’t even feel like exercise?
There are plenty of 'Get Fit' alternatives in the form of classes, meaning you get guidance, motivation and the support network that’s needed to keep you going when it gets tough (our favourite is aerial fitness).
Try something new today:
- Aerial Fitness
- Stretch Class
- Martial Arts
Forget fad diets – just look after yourself more
Take it from us, there’s really nothing worse than trying that new fad diet that promises impossibly quick results by doing nothing more than drinking an expensive shake. It will leave your wallet empty and your motivation at an all-time low.
Instead, make some small tweaks to your eating habits. That way, getting healthy won’t feel so daunting.
Start by drinking plenty of water on a daily basis, eating 3 well balanced and decent sized meals a day and being active. And don’t compare your physical activity to that of others. If you’ve never led an active lifestyle before, it will take some time to get used to, and that’s fine. Start with a walk – the couch to 5k plan is a great one if you have big ambitions.
If you really are determined to get in shape then check out our article on Stay healthy in the New Year (insert hyperlink here) for some helpful tip to change your lifestyle for the better.
Top tip: instead of cutting things out of your diet – which has a negative connotation and is sure to leave you craving it more than ever – try adding something in. We promise you, before long you will have cut out the negative without even trying. For example, instead of telling yourself ‘No more fizzy drinks’, try ‘Drink 2 additional litres of water a day’ – you’ll be so hydrated from the additional water, the fizzy drinks won’t even cross your mind!
Ditch the diary – keep a bullet journal instead
Keeping a diary is commitment in itself, but after a couple of weeks, the entries dry up and we run out of things to say. This is not good for keeping a positive mental attitude. A great alternative to keeping track of all your achievements, goals, and to do list is to keep a bullet journal.
You can get as creative as you want and many are made up of photographs, sketches, and one line daily entries so that there no reason to get bored. You can look back at the end of the year to see how amazing the last 12 month have been.
Get your financial freedom back on track
Research from 'This is money' shows that over 50% of us struggle to keep on top of our bills which can lead to stress and constant worry*. However, there is no reason to let your debt get to you if manage it in the right way.
Spend a little bit of time writing out all your incomings and outgoings and seeing where you can cut costs and bring your budget in line with your income. For some extra hints and tips, check out our article on recovering from the Christmas crunch.
Follow a 30-day challenge
This is a great way to try something new every month and a fun way of keeping new challenges exciting.
Start off by writing a list of all the things that you want to try or get better at, whether it’s learning a new language, taking up a new hobby, or even de-cluttering your home. The internet is jam-packed with inspiration and 30-day guides to help you get going so what are you waiting for?
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