what’s your res­o­lu­tion?

we al­ways make them, never keep them, but we just can’t help our­selves when it comes to new year’s res­o­lu­tions. Lendl ryan re­veals the most pop­u­lar

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

I t’s that time of year again — to look back to the past, and more im­por­tantly, for­ward to the com­ing year. New Year’s Eve means it’s a time to re­flect on the changes we want (or need) to make and re­solve to fol­low through on those changes.

Savvy took a look at the top 10 most pop­u­lar New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. 1. Spend more time with fam­ily and friends Polls con­ducted through­out this time of the year show that more than 50% of Aus­tralians vow to ap­pre­ci­ate loved ones and spend more time with fam­ily and friends. 2. Fit in fit­ness Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise has been as­so­ci­ated with more health ben­e­fits than any­thing else known to man. Stud­ies show that it re­duces the risk of some can­cers, in­creases longevity, helps achieve and main­tain weight loss, en­hances mood, low­ers blood pres­sure, and even im­proves arthri­tis. In short, ex­er­cise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel bet­ter. 3. Tame the bulge More than 3 mil­lion Aus­tralians are obese, so it is not sur­pris­ing to find that weight loss is one of the most pop­u­lar New Year’s res­o­lu­tions. Set­ting rea­son­able goals and stay­ing fo­cused are the two most im­por­tant fac­tors in stick­ing with a weight loss pro­gram, and the key to suc­cess for those mil­lions of Aus­tralians who made a New Year’s com­mit­ment to shed ex­tra pounds. 4. Quit smok­ing With the over-the-counter avail­abil­ity of nico­tine re­place­ment drugs, more peo­ple this year than ever be­fore will re­solve to make this the year they stamp out their smok­ing habit. Even if you’ve tried to quit be­fore and failed, don’t let it get you down. On av­er­age, smok­ers try four times be­fore they quit for good. 5. En­joy life more Given the hec­tic, stress­ful life­styles of mil­lions of Aus­tralian work­ers, it is no won­der that ‘en­joy­ing life more’ has be­come a pop­u­lar res­o­lu­tion in re­cent years. 6. Quit drink­ing While many will use the fes­tive pe­riod to down as many cold ones as hu­manly pos­si­ble, there will be just as many out there who use the New Year as an in­cen­tive to fi­nally put a stop to their drink­ing. Un­for­tu­nately most are not equipped to make such a dras­tic lifestyle change all at once. Re­search shows many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much bet­ter when they ta­per grad­u­ally, or even learn to mod­er­ate their drink­ing. 7. Get out of debt Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the club of those who have re­solved to spend this year get­ting a han­dle on their fi­nances. It’s a prom­ise that will re­pay it­self many times over in the year ahead. 8. Learn some­thing new Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn some­thing new? Per­haps you are con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer change, want to learn a new lan­guage, or just how to fix your com­puter? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find ed­u­ca­tion to be one of the eas­i­est New Year’s res­o­lu­tions to keep and the most mo­ti­vat­ing. 9. Help oth­ers A pop­u­lar, non-self­ish New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, vol­un­teerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time help­ing out at your lo­cal li­brary, men­tor­ing a child, or build­ing a house, there are many non-profit vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions that could re­ally use your help. 10. Get or­gan­ised On just about ev­ery New Year’s res­o­lu­tion top 10 list, get­ting or­gan­ised can be a very achiev­able goal. Whether you want your home or­gan­ised enough that you can in­vite some­one over on a whim, or your of­fice or­gan­ised enough that you can find the sta­pler when you need it, it is the per­fect time to get started on the way to a more or­gan­ised life.

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