So it’s been just over a month since many of us planned out our New Year’s resolutions. So how many of you have started to work on those resolutions? For many of us, we have probably forgotten or stopped working towards some of those resolutions after the first couple of weeks since the first of January. Well, this is a reminder to get jump started again on those resolutions. We listed a few popular resolutions you should keep working on to feel accomplished at the end of the year.
We all know exercise is good for you and it helps with weight-loss, which is another resolution that is common with everyone. By the time February rolls around, more than half of the people who signed up for gym memberships have either stopped going or canceled. This is because we get back in the old normal routine, which we see that time at the gym cutting into your time. What we suggest is to incorporate exercise in your day to day activities, such as:
- Walking or biking to work, if possible. If not, consider parking further from your office and take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Standing more vs. sitting, you naturally burn more calories standing than sitting.
- Be more active instead of stationary when you’re not doing anything. This can be walking while talking on the phone or going for a nice walk, if you have nothing going on.
- Set up a small home gym, if commuting to a gym is a hassle.
Adding these few tips can help you become healthier at the end of the year.
Home Improvement/Saving Money
You know your home can use a few fixes and additions to make it really shine for the New Year. But many of those ideas are loss once the New Year begins. Home improvement is a great resolution to have because it makes your home better for you to live in and it helps raise the property value of the home. We feel the best home improvement ideas for your home are making it energy efficient and increase storage solutions.
Energy efficiency is great because you save money in the long run and you can get tax deductions depending on what you do to your home. The thing that holds most people up is the big upfront cost of implementing energy efficient elements in the home. People think they need to install a new energy star air conditioning unit or remodel their kitchen with energy efficient appliances, but any home owner can be energy efficient on a budget. Chalking open seals in windows to reduce outside drafts or replacing all the light bulbs with energy efficient CFL bulbs or LED bulbs. These two things are budget friendly solutions to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your yearly energy bill.
Increasing storage is a great home improvement idea to have in your mind. It gives you an area to store your extra things to keep your home less cluttered and if it’s a nice addition to the home, such as a shed or small steel storage building; it can increase your property value. Don’t get too worried about the pricing as there’s a lot of options for you work with, such as financing or finding the right price for the size building you need. If you think you’re going to be getting a large tax refund, consider investing that money towards a storage building for your home. Check out our interactive map showing average tax returns by state and see how much you might receive.
Finally, travel is one of those New Year’s resolutions everyone has on their list. If you feel like you might not be able to travel the world this year, don’t worry about it. Instead, try to find adventure near you. Many are surprised to find fun unique things around them that they would never have found if they didn’t take a chance and travel out there. Don’t limit “travel” to just big tourist type places everyone talks about such as New York, Paris, London or France. Great things might be just a few hours’ drive away.
You have 11 more months to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions. You have plenty of time to check them off your list; just don’t forget to do them!
Post written by Rainier Fuclan
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