Leanie Louw

Alternative New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

We’ve all been through the cycle of the excitement of a New Year’s resolution and the disillusionment when we fail to deliver on our promises to ourselves. Here’s a fresh take on the most common New Year’s resolutions that will help you to keep it up until next Christmas.

  • Old Resolution: Stay fit and healthy
  • New resolution: Try a new sport or class with a social aspect

There are several sports and classes out there that have a healthy social aspect such as triathlons, mountain biking, ballet, hot yoga and fitness boot camps. Having friends to support you and encourage you to participate in an event will have you fit in no time flat.

  • Old Resolution: Lose weight
  • New Resolution: Follow a healthy eating program

Weight loss starts in the kitchen. It’s easy to say that you’re going to lose weight but it is also a very vague aim. Decide on an eating regime that will work for you or just commit to eating clean with controlled portions are more concrete ways to help you along on your weight loss aspirations. Search for healthy recipes that fits into your preferred eating program.

  • Old Resolution: Enjoy life to the fullest
  • New Resolution: Create a bucket list and tick off the items

It’s easy to dream about living life to the fullest while you’re sitting in your cubicle at work. You’re too tired to do anything when you get home – between work and family, who has the time to do exciting things. Get around this barrier by listing specific things that you want to achieve in this year: bungee jumping, kayaking, go to an opera or hand out balloons to strangers. Put your bucket list items in a bucket and draw one at random and then do it.

  • Old Resolution: Save more, spend less
  • New Resolution: Save for something specific

Having a clear goal will encourage you to save. Search for saving tips online. One example is to make a shopping list before going to the supermarket – you’ll be surprised how much money one can save by not just buying groceries at random. And when you reach your goal, go buy that thing that you were saving for, be it an investment or a trip to India.

  • Old Resolution: Spend more time with family and friends
  • New Resolution: Make friends with man’s best friend

We’re not saying that you shouldn’t make time for family and friends. You should. But why not make your family time worth extra by volunteering to help those in need? Take your family out to walk shelter dogs and bring a little joy to those who need desperately need love.

  • Old Resolution: Travel more
  • New Resolution: Get to know your own country

Often times our dreams to travel more gets crushed by lack of funds. There’s no reason why you can’t travel in your own country. It’s much cheaper and you’ll still get to see places that you’ve never seen before. Start by being a tourist in your own city and then take out the map and pin point all the places you still need to see before you can say that you really know the place that you hail from.

By making your New Year’s resolutions attainable and specific, you’ll be able to raise a glass next New Year’s Eve to a year well spent. Cheers to that!

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