Popular New Year’s Resolutions
Check out some New Year’s resolutions that are popular year after year and hints to succeed!
Get out of Debt – Cut your credit cards and set a budget, reduce your interest rates, bring in extra money, chip away at the debt, keep things in perspective, stop eating out, get organized, be willing to part with “toys” and get your priorities straight! Remember, getting out of debt doesn’t mean you can’t even spend again… you can still spend on things that are important to you, you just need to plan and save for them.
Quit Smoking – Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. Now is the time to change! Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life! Milwaukee has support services, hotlines and smoking cessation classes to help you kick the smoking habit.
Lose Weight – Over 66 percent of adult Americans (64 million) are considered overweight or obese, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in America following smoking. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program. Join a group or work with a friend for a support system to keep you going!
Get a Job – With the Wisconsin unemployment rate nearing 8% and U.S. rate at almost 10%, many Americans will still be looking for a job in 2012. It’s important to take a closer look at industry data to find out where jobs are, such as sites like MilwaukeeJobs.com, Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, SimplyHired.com, Indeed.com and VMPcares.com. It’s always a good idea to review freshen up your skills when applying for jobs.
Drink Less Alcohol – While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit 100% but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. Milwaukee has support services, hotlines and classes to help you and give you support. There are also a number of treatment-based programs, as well as support groups for families of alcoholics.
Get Fit – Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to human. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better!
Save Money – Some easy ways to save money is to cook at home, make your own coffee, bring your own lunch, go grocery shopping while you are in a hurry, after eating and with a list, buy generic and in bulk items, avoid ATM, credit card and loan fees by paying your bills on time, and carpool, take the bus or ride a bike.
Spend more time with Family – Establish family traditions by reading to your children, watching old movies together, eating a meal together, create a game night, or take a vacation together.
Volunteer to Help Others – A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. Visit VolunteerMilwaukee.org, VMPcares.com and other non-profit organizations near you for opportunities to volunteer.
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