New Year’s resolutions are a bit like puppies: They’re a fun idea but extremely difficult to maintain.
Every January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually follow through on those resolutions. The majority of people stick to their goals for the first week, and there on out, the percentages become smaller and smaller as the weeks progress.
It’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you’ve swept up the New Years confetti, but it’s not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here’s to your health!
1.) Eat Right & Exercise
Losing weight seems to be the number one objective for most Americans and it also is seemly the hardest goal to achieve. Realistically though, losing weight has no secret overnight-success-concoction. It’s all about eating right, exercising, determination, and self control. The vision of yourself with a perfect swimsuit-ready body is motivating, but is it enough? Probably not, but research shows that rewarding yourself along the way with small gifts is enough. In fact, people are 47% more likely to get the results they’re looking for by doing so. Start the year off right by rewarding yourself with a healthy treat like the Springtime Fruit and Cheese package from giftbasketsplus.com.
2.) Reduce Your Stress
A little Stress here and there won’t necessarily hurt but overtime stressors like work and money can develop serious health complications. Reduce your stress this year by giving yourself some of the things you feel you deserve. Indulge without overspending by giving yourself vacation-like experiences at home. For example, pamper yourself with a spa gift basket or bring the essence of Napa Valley to your home with a gourmet wine and cheese gift basket.
3.) Get More Fresh Air
All too often we get sucked into our TV’s, iPad’s, computer’s, cell phones, pretty much anything with a screen. Spending more time outside is healthy for your mind and body. Find a new hobby or revisit an old one. Jump start your outdoors experience with some new gear! Grab a golf gift basket and get back into the swing of things, order a fishing gift basket and get hooked again, gear up for springtime with a gardening gift basket; anything to get yourself outside!
4.) Stay Connected
This year make it a point to stay connected with friends and family. Feel like old friends or family have fallen by the wayside? It’s good for your health to reconnect with them. Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. In a technology-fixated era, it’s never been easier to stay in touch—or rejuvenate your relationship—with friends and family, so fire up Facebook and follow up with in-person visits, a surprise gift, or a party to bring everyone together.
Whatever you choose to make as your resolution this year, giftbasketsplus.com is here to help you achieve your goals and make 2013 your best year yet. Have a goal in mind that we haven’t covered? Feel free to let us know in a comment below what your plans are!