Make 2015 your Best Year Yet
Every January roughly 1 in 3 people make a new year’s resolution. 75% keep them for a week but less than half keep them for over 6 months.
New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.
At Cambridge Fitness we appreciate how hard it can be to keep a New Year’s resolutions. We have put together some excellent examples of resolutions that you can make as well as solid tips that’ll allow you to keep the resolution throughout the year!
1 – Save Money
Setting exact amounts of money that you want to reach at certain points throughout 2015 e.g. every month can help keep you to the schedule.
You should also decide on an exact event or thing you are saving up for. This gives everything more purpose and something to reach for and mentally imagine.
Putting the saved money away in a separate bank account or somewhere where it is harder to “get to” than other places will decrease the chances of you dipping into it as an emergency type fund.
Try and plan how you will save the money. You need to calculate things out to allow you to realize what is realistic and what isn’t.
2 – Education
No matter how old you are, heading back to the classroom can help revamp your career, introduce you to new friends, and even boost your brainpower.
A recent study found that middle-age adults who had gone back into education (including night / boarding school) sometime in the previous quarter century had stronger memories and verbal skills than those who did not. What’s more, several studies have linked higher educational attainment to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
3 – Alcohol / Drugs
Although there is some benefits (In fact, binge drinking seems to be on the rise.)
Drinking alcohol in excess affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and can increase the risk of depression, memory loss, or even seizures.
Chronic heavy drinking boosts your risk of liver and heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and mental deterioration, and even cancers of the mouth, throat, liver, and breast.
Limiting the amount you drink or drinking smaller quantities but more often instead of binge drinking can really help improve your health and your 2015!
4 – Sleep
You probably already know that a good night’s rest can do wonders for your mood—and appearance. But sleep is more beneficial to your health than you might realize.
A lack of sleep has been linked to a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. And sleep is crucial for strengthening memories (a process called consolidation).
So take a nap—and don’t feel guilty about it.
However, you may be sleeping too much. If you over sleep you can end up feeling groggy and being very un-productive. It’s recommended you get around 8-10 hours’ sleep every night.
5 – Travel
The joys and rewards of vacations can last long after the suitcase is put away. Memories are what we live for and traveling is what can produce those amazing experiences and memories.
Traveling allows us to tap into life as an adventure, and we can make changes in our lives without having to do anything too bold or dramatic.
6 – Quit smoking
Fear that you’ve failed too many times to try again? Talk to any ex-smoker, and you’ll see that multiple attempts are often the path to success.
Electronic cigarettes, Nicorette’s, and hundreds of helpful plans make it easier and easier to quit smoking. There is no excuse, you CAN quit.
The health benefits and the amount of money you will save doesn’t even need to be mentioned.
7 – Lose weight
Losing weight and getting fitter can be a real challenge. It is the most popular type of New Year’s resolution and this is for a reason. The reason is that it is arguably the hardest resolution to stick too.
Sticking to a solid diet and training plan can be hard enough but a good amount of knowledge needs to be in effect when it comes to losing weight and getting fitter due to hitting plateaus and being able to lose weight effectively and healthily.
If you feel like you need some guidance we are always here to help, you can even book a free consultation with us to allow us to get an idea of your situation and how we can help.