Its the start of a new year, and like everyone else, here at Simply Beach we have all been making resolutions and vowing to stick to them for as long as possible. But we all know that sticking to these resolutions can sometimes prove quite difficult. So to give you some help we've put together a few common resolutions and some ideas of how to stick to them!
1. Exercise More Often
They say summer bodies are made in the winter, so exercise is always a goal that pops up in people's resolutions. However, one of the key problems many people find with exercise is that they don't necessarily enjoy going to a gym, some people do, but its not always for everyone. If you want that bikini body then you need to find a form of exercise that you will enjoy, otherwise you won't stick to it.
There are so many different forms of exercise, from swimming, to cycling, exercise classes, dance lessons and home DVDs, you don't have to confine yourself to just one form of exercise. A great way to avoid getting bored by a monotonous exercise routine is to try out a few different types of exercise and decide which is best for you. You can then even switch up which form of exercise you do each time you workout!
2. Eat Better
Eating healthier is always a top pick for New Year Resolutions. Making better choices with your food leaves you not only healthier but also feeling a lot better in terms of energy, so this is a resolution that is a key one to stick to. If you don't usually eat very healthy foods then rather than drastically changing your diet straight away, it's a great idea to make small swaps and substitions in your snacks and cooking to begin with.
For example roast your food instead of frying it, swap chocolate snacks for fruit and nuts, use smaller plates to control portion sizes and make yourself think you are eating more, and swap fizzy drinks for water and juice. Little changes like this will really start to make a difference. Plan your meals and gradually introduce more and more fruit and veg into your diet and cut out saturated fats, this gradual change will make eating healthier overall come more naturally and be more maintainable throughout the year.
3. Drink More Water
We all know that we should be drinking around 2 litres of water a day, depending on your size and level of activity. There are a couple of ways to help you stick to this and help build up your intake gradually. Firstly if you find water too plain then flavour it with natural flavourings by adding some mint leaves, or slices of fruit such as lemon, orange, and watermelon.
There are also many apps available such as 'iDrated' that remind you when you need to drink more water. If apps aren't your thing then why not set some reminders yourself on your phone. Also always try to keep a bottle or glass in your eyesight whether at work or at home as this will give you a quick visual reminder if you haven't had any water in a while.
4. Give Up Bad Habits
There are always a wide range of bad habits that people want to give up at the start of a new year, such as smoking, drinking too much, eating too many sweets and biting your nails. But giving them up completely can be tough and something we all stumble on. A great way to start is by setting realistic goals, don't set yourself up for a fall by expecting to cut something out immediately.
For example if you want to stop eating so many sweets then limit them to one day a week, and then gradually once a month, until they become less and less frequent in your diet that you don't crave them anymore. Pairing up with someone who also wants to break the same habit is another good idea as you can motivate each other not to indulge in the habit and support one another.
And finally, remember to reward yourself! If you spend a month not smoking then you will have saved yourself a fair bit of money, so why not treat yourself to something new or put it towards a savings account. That way you will feel some return from your efforts.
5. Learn a New Skill
We often want to make the most of a new year by learning something new that we've always wanted to try. Anything from learning an instrument to learning to cook, January is a great time to sign up for some classes or teach yourself at home. Start by giving yourself some realistic goals and aims of how much you want to have learnt or improved by a certain date, this gives you an end goal to strive for.
Also try to set yourself up early on with any learning material you might need, such as a notebook and relevant textbooks if you learn well by reading. Remember not to be too hard on yourself if you don't get something first time, for example if you can't learn a chord on a guitar then keep trying until you do, practice makes perfect as they say!
And finally try to interact with other people who want to learn the same thing as you, this may be by joining a group on Facebook, finding an online forum or joining a class. Having others at your level to boost your confidence and chat to about things is a great way to learn a new skill and find some new friends while you're at it!
So there we have our top New Years resolutions and a few ideas of how to stick to them. We're going to start working on ours, so let us know what yours are and we can work together to make it a another great year! Happy New Year everyone!