With Auld Lang Syne still ringing in our ears our New Year resolutions often end up being swept up with the streamers and party poppers! So this year, let’s get real! Here are five resolutions you can actually stick to!
DON’T JOIN A GYM
Numero Uno resolution after quitting the ciggies has got to be getting fit and healthy but instead of promising yourself to become a fully paid up member of the gym-bunny-club, aim for an every other day approach. Instead of going hell for leather leaving you unable to climb the stairs, start slowly and build up. And let us be sensible. Do not be a sheep! Gyms are there waiting to shepherd you into a contract. #baaaaahumbug
January is the month that just keeps on giving for Gyms. Apparently a mere 18% of people who join up in January will actually use it after a month! So save your pennies and go outdoors. Do something active every other day. Bike ride, running, brisk walks, netball, hockey, kiss-chase or hop scotch. Anything. Just get active.
DON’T RUN A MARATHON
Do not sign up to the gonna-get-fit-not-run-for-years-so-gonna-run-a-marathon resolution you crazy fool!! Are you willing to allow training to take over your social life? I am welling up thinking of the proud moment you cross the finishing line but in reality you ain’t gonna make it babes! Hours of lonely running in miserable cold weather? Seriously? Twenty size point two miles. 26.2 miles. However it’s written it’s a long way. I know you really smashed the Race for Life but lets face it – you were running 5K with 72-year-old Aunty Betty and a marathon – 42.1km?! Instead – try a 10K The Winter Run? Far enough to require some training yet short enough to still have a life with the added bonus of Polar Bear Hugs! Who could resist? #chillax
After all the parties over the festive period giving up the booze seems like a much better option than a liver transplant. Week one is easy to resist – a relief even – after the full intoxication of Christmas and NYE. As the hangover lifts in Week 2 you start dreaming of vineyards in Loire Valley and you do not know really understand how you found yourself at the fridge, when the Sauvingon Blanc was opened or how it magically disappeared…. so quickly. So this year no cold turkey. Promise yourself to cut out booze mid week and reduce your weekend intake.
Drink less and now I am telling you to drink more! One easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy NY resolution is something we simply don’t do enough and yet the rewards are mind blowing. It makes sense really. We are made up of 60% water so we really should try and keep it topped up. Women need 1.6 litres of fluid a day and men 2.0. That’s about 8 x 200ml glasses Well let us make this a NY resolution revolution! Water helps with weight loss, concentration, joint & muscle health, digestion…. I know! #liquidgold
All this talk of water makes me just want to go for a pee. Will be back in a mo…..
Last but certainly not least – eat chocolate. Do not put a blanket ban on the good stuff. If you try and cut it out completely it will feel as though you have stepped into the world of Willy Wonka. Lindt bunnies run out in front of your car, lampposts are made of Toblerone and kids are kicking chocolate oranges around the park. STOP. All Nans say “a little bit of what you fancy does you good” so let us stick with our Nannas, Grandmas and Grannies and treat ourselves to a Feel Good Friday! Yes Thank Crunchie. Yes Monsieur you really can spoil us. As long as it is Friday. #feelgoodfriday #fgf