Friday Five: 5 New Year’s Resolutions to Make the Most of 2013

By: Scott McMahon

As today is the last Friday in 2012, it’s only fitting that we feature five New Year’s resolutions to pursue in 2013. You don’t need to go for these all—you may not get anything done in the rest of the year. Take this into consideration, and let 2013 be the best year of your life.

One tip though: start small. Resolutions like “Get organized” and “Lose weight” are vague and can be difficult to achieve. Beginning with smaller goals for yourself—think of them like checkpoints—will help make a mountain feel like several small hills.

Best of luck in 2013!

1. Try a new sport                

Mix it up a bit. If you’re a cyclist, try jumping in the pool. Before the weather warms up, head to one of the many ski resorts that Michigan has to offer. Maybe try a new discipline in your favorite sport—give cyclocross a try in the fall, or start training for a marathon. The possibilities are endless.

2. Get outside more frequently

Seriously, do it. Doesn’t matter what you do, just get outside. Fresh air and exercise, as we all know, are incredibly important to healthy living. Take it a step farther, and start to look forward to getting outside. If you’re stuck in an office all day at work, think about how refreshing and invigorating a bike ride or a walk will feel. One more thing: turn off the TV and leave the car in the garage as much as possible. You’ll be happy you did.

3. Cut out the sugary drinks

I’m looking at you, soda and juice. As delicious as they may be, they’re not very good for you. If you want to eat healthier and lose weight in 2013, most fruit juices and sodas should go. Replace a glass of orange juice with milk or water at dinner, and your sugar intake will surely diminish. Instead of a soda during work, bring a water bottle and fill it multiple times throughout the day. If you must get a sugar rush in there, green tea is full of antioxidants to help your body.

4. Set attainable goals for yourself

Be realistic, but ambitious at the same time. Say you want to lose some weight this coming year. Instead of setting a goal of X amount of pounds by the end of the year, focus on smaller losses, or getting to the gym a certain number of times per week. Resolutions and goals should be achievable, not overwhelming.

5. Happiness

Okay, so this is one of those resolutions that are “vague and can be difficult to achieve.” But who doesn’t want to be happier? Check out Marie Morgan’s “Run Happy” Fitness Other piece from our October/November issue, as well as one of my own recent blog posts.

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