The coming of a new year is often the impetus for better behavior. Whether that means eating healthier foods, exercising more regularly or being more understanding of others, it’s often on the eve of December 31st that we decide to adopt changes in the way we lead our daily lives. The catch often comes with trying to stick with these deeply personal objectives we’ve set for ourselves. In this article, we’ll explore some of the more common resolutions that start to unfold around January 1 of each year, from finding a source for free cable TV to nailing down the right meal plan for a smaller waistline We’ll also cover ways to adopt the changes requires and suggestions for clearing the hurdles that come with it.
Eating Right: For some, finding the right diet that’s both satisfying and healthy would seem to be mutually exclusive terms. However, health concerns should trump taste buds when you’re ready to stick to a meal plan with a payoff that includes lower rates of disease down the line. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), starting small is a good way to go. Those looking to eat healthier during the new year should “try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.”
Spending Less: Times are tough and money can be tight. The problem we often find is that those looking to keep more of their earnings don’t take an objective view at their expenses. One such problem area is television entertainment and the thousands of dollars per year the average American consumer spends on it. With free cable TV, this monthly bill – often exceeding $100 per month – can be eliminated. With the one-time purchase of an antenna that improves the signal strength and quality of broadcast television signals, consumers can enjoy local and national news, sporting events, children’s programs, classic movies and more. It all adds up to more than enough quality content through free cable TV and at least an extra $100 in your bank account every month.
Living Better: Exercise is the fountain of youth and telling yourself that you’re going to get more of it, no matter which form, is one of the best things you can do for your body. Purchase a gym membership and dedicate at least one or two days each week to going to the facility to work out. Find friends who are striding toward similar goals and you’ll thus have a support system in place. According to the APA, “it is not the extent of the change that matters.” Instead, you should recognize that “lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”