Common resolutions and how to stick to them

We’re getting into that territory now that means your might be starting to slack when it comes to your new years resolutions. I thought I’d take a look at some of the most popular resolutions and how you can stick to them.

Save money

Firstly, you need to pin down some numbers here. Do you want to save five pounds a week or 50? Knowing how much you can afford to save and how you’re going to do it can help you to stay on track.

If you want to put away a little bit of money into a holiday/car/shoe fund then you need to set up a standing order. Get this set up from your current account to your savings and you don’t need to do anything else. Just watch the money tot up.

If your money saving resolution is to save on everyday costs then this can be harder to stick to. Firstly, start small. Perhaps try and use coupons on a more regular basis or stick to a budget when you do your weekly food shop.

Another tactic is to look for freebies. These come in all shapes and sizes but are usually things you’ll actually use. You can get samples of toiletries, coffee, food and much more. Keep one eye on the popular freebie sites and you’ll be able to save yourself a little bit of cash.

You should also be recording you savings. Whether it’s the money going into your savings account, the number your current account finished the month on, or the amount of money you’ve saved with coupons, you’ll be able see your successes and this will help you to continue.

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Go to the gym more often

The beginning of January probably went quite well but you’re starting to go to the gym less and less. Am I right?

In order to get yourself to the gym more often perhaps enlist the help of a friend. Start going to the gym with someone else, you’ll be able to push one another to work harder. You’ll also find yourself going more often because you don’t want to let your gym buddy down.

You should also make every effort to remove barriers, making it as easy as possible for you to get to the gym. For example, laying out your clothes the night before so all you have to do is get dressed in the morning.

If you find yourself struggling to get to the gym, think about what’s stopping you. Once you identify these barriers you can find ways to get around them.

Drink less

This is all down to willpower but the trick is to avoid situations where you might drink. Trips to the pub, dinner with friends or a house party are all places where alcohol is freeflowing. Of course, don’t deprive yourself. Don’t stay in and be miserable because you’re not drinking. Instead get into the right mindset before you go out and stick to your favourite non-alcoholic drink. Just perhaps don’t go out every night as you’ll be more likely to succumb to temptation.

Eat healthier

IMG_2705Again, this is about making things easy for yourself. Plenty of people decide to eat better, buy lots of books on the subject and get stuck when they realise it’s going to be a lot of work.

The truth is, eating healthier doesn’t need to be complicated. Firstly, identify something you can cut out. This might be chocolate, crisps or takeaways. Starting small by cutting out the bad stuff can really help get you on the right track.

From there look at including more fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet. Try to cut out processed foods entirely and create meals based on real foods such as lean meat, vegetables and wholegrains.

How are you getting on with your new year resolutions?

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