About a fifth of us come up with New Year’s resolutions, according to a YouGov poll relayed by BBC News. However, most of us who get as far as a resolution end up abandoning it within about ten days of the year starting, separate research has shown.
A big departure from your usual routine could help you to stop your resolve from flagging. Here are a few examples of common New Year’s resolutions and how holidays can help keep them intact.
This is a (relatively) easy one, as you don’t even necessarily have to book a plane to start planning to shift that weight you put on through excessive consumption of mince pies over the festive season.
You can start making a difference with little things, like walking instead of using public transport where you can. However, if you do want to book a hotel, you could choose a Travelodge one in London, where gyms, spas and running routes are resplendent.
Of course, London is also a good place to start shaping up and sculpturing the athletic physique of which you have long dreamed. You might have been advised to take a weight loss holiday for that purpose – but, if that feels a little too adventurous for you, why not ease yourself in more gently?
You could do that through joining a UK fat camp from Prestige Bootcamp, a company that runs day and weekend sessions in the UK capital’s Hyde Park.
If you are an avid smoker, you have probably often been urged to quit the tobacco – and also heard the line that you won’t realise just how wise a move this is until you actually make it. Honestly, though, that line is very true – and you could help relieve yourself from nicotine with a trip to Bath.
This city in the England county of Somerset is renowned for its Roman Baths, where you can effectively help yourself to detoxify your body following years of harmful smoking.
Learning something new
Now, this is admittedly a pretty broad goal – as, no matter where you are in life, there remains plenty new for you to learn. However, travelling provides you with an excellently valuable opportunity to add to your knowledge, whether it’s about an academic subject or involves picking up a new skill.
If you want to enhance your swimming skills by learning to surf, for example, a coastal retreat in an exotic location like Spain or Hawaii could be just the ticket.
Reducing screen time
Did you know that people touch their phones 2,617 times daily, going by one estimate? This can especially reflect the addictive power of social media, which isn’t always good for your mental health. After all, social media isn’t exactly, through and through, a bastion of positive news…
However, exploring a new location overseas can help you to distract yourself from your device, perhaps leading you to wonder how you became so strongly attached to it in the first place.