Top New Year’s Resolutions – what is yours? Obviously dieting, exercise etc are top of the list.  I have personal recommendations on these fronts. First off get a Fitbit or other wearable device. For me personally when I saw on some days how little I moved seeing my Fitbit encouraged me to ensure i did at least 10k steps daily, then 20k and eventually would be doing 35k steps on a daily basis. I know there are critiques of Fitbit and also tracking errors but it is overall accurate and in my case was super helpful.

In terms of exercise if you work all day it gets tough. If you can afford it get a work treadmill. You can spend at least an hour or two at night while doing some work and getting some exercise in. Another option is a regular treadmill with a work desk, which is much cheaper. If you cannot afford either and/or you need to do more active work at night consider a standing desk (great sale on this one).

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Top New Year’s Resolutions

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According to this infographic, the top resolutions for this upcoming year are dieting, exercising more, losing weight, saving more money, learning new skills, quitting smoking, reading more, finding another job, drinking less and spending more time with loved ones.

For reading I would recommend Audible especially if you are an audio learner like I am. I finished 116 books last year a personal record with no extra time spent on reading (if you are interested in Central and Eastern European history circa 1919-49 add me on GoodReads). Instead, I cut down on news (which especially in 2016 was mostly a waste of time) and read books instead. I still prefer hard copy books but Audible was great for lighter topics to listen to while walking, doing chores etc.

I have gold membership which I think is $149 a year but considering it is unlimited books (basically) and taking into account how many books I read it is a bargain and they have the best customer service ever.

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Whew. That’s a lot to take in –– especially when you realize that people often don’t stick to their resolutions. For example, only 44% of people are able to successfully eat healthier, while 54% succeed in exercising more.

In 2017, I hope to make SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. Instead of vowing to exercise more, I’m going to try to go to the gym at least twice a week. I could say I’d eat healthier, but instead I’m going to try to cut out soda and fried foods. The more specific a goal, the better.

The team at DailyInfographic wishes you a happy and healthy new year –– here are even more tips for success.

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