Enjoy nature. Savor your backyard. Turn your patio into an outdoor oasis where you love spending time. This year, make your New Year’s resolutions ones that you actually can and want to keep.
Chances are pretty good you have a New Year’s resolution or two. Almost half of adults make them. But once the party plates are washed and back in the cupboard, it can be hard to stick to those new goals. According to the University of Pennsylvania, within just one week after the New Year, just 77 percent of resolutions are still on track. And by six months, that number drops to roughly 40 percent!
5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep
Use the following New Year’s resolutions as inspiration to get this coming year off on the right foot. Choose the ones that you feel compelled to stick to — one that you feel you can actually make. Because the best resolutions are ones you can accomplish that will add more enjoyment to your life and those around you.
Spend Time Outside at Least Once a Week (weather permitting)
Spending time outside is good for your health, and that’s not just a placebo effect. When you’re outdoors and your skin is exposed to natural sunlight it prompts your body to produce vitamin D. According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin D plays a key role in keeping your bones strong.
Even just a few minutes outside can help you boost your vitamin D levels. So, as the weather permits, make it a point to go outside and enjoy some fresh air and natural light.
What is a great way to make sure you want to go outside? Give yourself a comfortable place to be. Explore our selection of outdoor seating.
Burn Some Extra Calories
Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, sticking to a grueling workout routine or ultra-restrictive diet isn’t very practical for most people. Those who are able to shed the pounds and keep them off generally find fun ways to incorporate small lifestyle changes into their life — like gardening.
And the good news is, gardening’s really good for you. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that you burn roughly 330 calories doing light gardening and yardwork — which is more that you burn walking at a moderate pace for the same duration.
Use Water Wisely
Want your New Year’s resolutions to give back to planet earth? Then make this the year you start using water wisely.
On average, each American uses 88 gallons of water a day. While water is not inherently bad for our environment, the process of creating clean water can be. (Clean water is considered all water deemed safe to drink, including water that comes out of most gardening hoses.) Research shows that the process of cleaning “wasted water” sent to treatment plants through sewage and runoff systems results in a substantial production of carbon dioxide.
In order to help cut down on the amount of water you waste, consider collecting rain in a water barrel to use for watering plants. Install a drip-system which will further cut down on waste. Adding a timer to your sprinkler system is another good way to reduce waste, as it is not uncommon to forget to turn off your sprinkler.
Fill Your Life with Color
This year fill your garden with colors. Bright flowers can help you make your door space even more inviting, giving you something beautiful to look at when you are in your home and on your patio. While you will typically want to wait until spring to being planting, there is no reason you can’t start planning now.
Grow More Vegetables
In addition to burning calories and lowering your blood pressure, growing your own veggies can encourage you to maintain a more veggie-focused diet. Dietary Guidelines recommends eating a minimum of 2 cups of veggies and 1.5 cups of fruit per day. And gardening one of the best ways to make this kind of diet a habit.
A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research found that gardening helps people develop a lasting habit of a fruit and veggie-forward diet.