If you're one of those people who makes New Year's resolutions but winds up backpedaling on your promises, you're not alone. Almost 70% of Americans make at least one New Year's resolution, but far fewer actually follow through. So how can we keep on track with going after our specific goals? Part of the trick is preparation and fully immersing yourself in meeting your target.
Believe it or not, the majority of us all wish for the same things. Most years, both resolutions include losing weight and eating healthier, which explains why so many people get a gym membership in January. Next on the list? People are looking to get their finances in order and save money. Some of the other resolutions on the list include learning a new hobby, dropping a bad habit, making new friends, and finding love.
How did New Year's resolutions start in the first place? It's a ritual that actually goes back thousands of years, starting with the ancient Babylonians. They started each year with a promise to pay off their debts or returned borrowed items, but it was the ancient Romans who connected the ceremony with January. At the start of every year, they made a promise to the Roman god Janus—who inspired the name of the month.
Through the 20th and 21st centuries, the number of people that make resolutions has slowly increased, with many of us hoping for health, wealth, and happiness. So what are some things that can help us make it through the rest of the year with our goals accomplished? We took a look at the most common New Year's resolutions and compiled a list of cool items that will make it a breeze to stick out the year, create healthy habits, and fulfill your promise.
Let's look at some fun and unique products that will make it a breeze to keep yourself on track and meet your goals in the New Year.
Get healthy by incorporating superfoods like chia seeds and açaí into your diet in a fun and easy way.
Get More Exercise
Be stylish while you get fit with a pair of Mizuno Waveknit Running Shoes. They feature a lightweight, durable design that adds spring to your step or a long run.
Drink More Water
While this goal may sound simple enough, staying properly hydrated can actually make a huge difference in improving your wellbeing. This smart waterbottle helps you track your water intake through colorful cues.
Try New Things
Trying new things is easier said than done, and coming up with ideas is half the battle. Luckily, this scratch-off poster features 100 ideas that will keep you inspired all year long.
Who wouldn't want to put their spare change in this cute balloon rabbit, reminiscent of Jeff Koons' famous sculpture?
Focus on Self-Care
Improve your sleep cycle with this hypnotic sleep aid that projects a soothing, pulsing light on your ceiling and takes you through guided breathing exercises.
With all the new books you'll be reading, you'll want a quirky bookmark to make sure you never lose your place.
Make New Friends
Get to know new people by packing your bags and treating yourself to an adventure, whether close to home or across the ocean.
Learn a New Skill
This stitch sampler will help teach you basic embroidery stitches, allowing you to take the first steps toward becoming a master of modern embroidery.
Start Your Own Business
Take the creative leap and prepare yourself for life as a full-time artist.
Get a New Job
Brush up on your business skills with Richard Branson or learn more about embarking on the path of a freelancer with Creative Live's wide selection of online classes to help further your career.
Take Up a Hobby
My Modern Met Academy can help you dive into a new craft, whether it's learning the basic principles of drawing, mastering hand lettering, and much more.
Have luck on your side in the search for love with this charming four-leaf clover necklace.
Teach a Class
Have a skill you want to share with the world? LearnWorlds can help you monetize your talents by creating and selling online courses through your website.
Write a Book
Everyone has a story to tell. This year, try to put your ideas on paper and begin crafting the novel or novella of your dreams.
Have better control of your life by organizing your days, and dates and living and creating a stress-free year with a planner. Whether you're planning for a birthday, meeting appointments, party, or important to-do lists and notes or tasks that have a due date, you will find time management to be a breeze.
Improve Your Mental Health
There is no room for anxiety on this fitness mat as it is ideal for multi-purpose use. Seamlessly transition between yoga, pilates, barre, meditation, or any of your favorite wellness routines.
If your goal is to clean and organize your home the way you like it, then maybe one of Artori Design's quirky floating bookshelves can help you out.
This article has been edited and updated.
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