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7 Rewarding Resolutions to Make This Year

Set Positive Resolutions for Positive Results

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3. Learn How to Play an Instrument
Learn how to make beautiful music this year! Whether you played the piano in high school and are ready to reacquaint yourself with its keys or bought a guitar years ago but never learned how to play, playing an instrument is an incredibly rewarding hobby that can be both creative and stimulating for the brain. (Not to mention that you earn serious cool points with your friends when you bust out your musical skills at the next party.)

Where to begin: Go to a local music store that offers lessons or surf the Internet to get started. There are tons of free resources on how to play any instrument (here’s just one example). If you’re musically challenged but still want to feel like a musician, try to master a musical video game like Rock Band or Guitar Hero.

4. Learn to Say No
Saying no may seem hard to do, but with practice these two little letters become easier and easier to say. And vowing to say them more often—when you’re faced with something that you really don’t want to do or don’t have time for—can be completely liberating. With practice saying n-o, you can have more time for you!

Where to begin: Pick one activity you feel obligated to do but don’t like doing, such as going to a the birthday party of a co-worker's child or your four-times-removed cousin’s annual holiday party, and tell them “No, I cannot make it.” You may feel guilty at first, but stay firm but polite. With practice, saying no becomes easier and easier. (And no this doesn’t apply to some things that we all dislike but have to do like going to the dentist or paying our taxes.)

5. Take Up a New Sport
There’s nothing more rewarding than learning a new skill, especially one that is good for your body. Resolve to learn how to play a new sport. Be it softball, tennis, golf, soccer, or basketball, there are so many options from which to choose! Taking up a new sport is a good way to re-motivate yourself, especially if you’re in a workout rut. And if traditional team sports aren’t your forte, try fun throwback sports such as kickball and dodgeball. No matter what you choose, you’re likely to make new friends, get fit, learn new skills, and, if you have kids, have a new activity to do with them!
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Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • This sounds a lot more fun than "I shalt not...."

    I'm going to volunteer at a food pantry this afternoon (my second time - just started last week), and will be donating blood afterwards (only have one afternoon off work and the last couple weeks were busy.)

    I have no definite plans for the weekend - might do some organizing around my desk, or try again to learn to cross-country ski. :) We've got plenty of snow on the ground. - 12/27/2012 10:44:09 AM
  • Thank you for this positive article- it's much appreciated! - 12/26/2012 12:09:05 PM
  • Love this article! Get Organized and Dream again.... ;-)
    Thank you! - 12/26/2012 7:49:00 AM
  • I like it. The first one to be used by me is organization followed by making vision boards and art work, exercise (big time), creative cooking and music. - 12/26/2012 4:12:01 AM
  • Some really good ideas, and everything was so positive. Thanks. - 1/28/2012 7:46:08 AM
  • Such an inspiring article! I'd like to add another resolution -- update your resume! Even if you have a job, it's always good to look back at your resume and add things that you've done in the last few years. I have to get mine in order because I'm applying for a job (that's my first new year's resolution), but I'm surprised at how old my resume is! It's nice to sit down and think about all the things you've accomplished in the past and to make note of it. Besides, if you're going to change jobs or looking for a job, it's wise to prepare! - 12/30/2011 10:29:47 PM
  • Really enjoyed the positive focus of this article...plus it had some great ideas to start the NY off right! - 12/30/2011 9:16:05 PM
  • Great and timely advice! Thanks! - 12/30/2011 8:42:37 PM
  • Loved this. Mmmm..... Dream again. It seems that the more we "know", the more it limits our dreams. Thank you. - 12/30/2011 8:24:46 PM
  • BEANSKIROO
    Great article! I especially like that each idea has suggestions for how to get started. Great comments too! - 12/30/2011 12:09:27 PM
  • Great article! Thanks for specific how-tos. - 12/30/2011 12:08:21 PM
  • Love this article! I've actually started doing a couple of those suggestions this year, and look forward to next year. - 12/30/2011 10:32:31 AM
  • Some great ideas. I've already started organizing the house and dumping quite a few of the NG foods. Joined a group class that starts next week. I'm cleaning the office New Years Day so I can start the year fresh with a new attitude and some pumped up goals. - 12/30/2011 9:50:41 AM
  • BUSY_BEE68
    For years I've had the same resolution with no outcome, "Lose weight, be healthier." I finally gave up on resolution making on New Years. This year, I'm inspired and this article really got it kickin' this morning. I can't wait to explore the possibilities and put them into action! - 12/30/2011 8:53:45 AM
  • This is a great article to read this day; it just gives you so many options other than your weight...I am going to focus on organiation of my home and that will take my mind off food - 12/30/2011 6:49:34 AM

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