Hate to burst your bubble, but most New Year’s resolutions are long forgotten by the time February rolls around. It’s simple: Many of us try to go too big, setting ourselves up for failure from the jump. (See: That time, in the name of savings, I told myself I was going to cook every meal at home from January 1st until eternity. Like, what?!)
In reality, the most sustainable changes are small changes. Think: committing to a group workout class twice a week (not too scary, right?), or deciding to become a morning person a couple mornings of the week to start.
In an effort to help us all start the next decade off feeling great, below are seven small additions to your calendar—workouts, activities, eats and reads—that will no doubt help you close out 2019 and ring in the new year feeling good.
Master your mornings! If you’ve always longed to become a morning person, and you’ve vowed that 2020 will be the year, consider Well + Good’s roundup of tips from early-risers (many of whom squeeze a workout in before sunrise) required reading. Do it.
End the year the way you want to start it: Lifting heavy stuff and reminding yourself you’re capable or doing whatever you put your mind to, that is! The 6:30 a.m. Bodypump class at East Market is the perfect way to start the last day of the decade. Do it.
See the Mummers! The Mummers Parade is a sight to be seen, at least once in your life. Head to Broad Street to get a glimpse of the outlandish costumes, hear the string bands do their thing and see some very festive glitter. So. Much. Glitter. Do it.
Find your group! First, read this piece from the Philadelphia Inquirer, which dives into some of the psychology-based explanations for why you may feel more motivated in a group workout class than when working out on your own. Then head to a group workout. (Ahem, we know a place.) Do it.
Eat your veggies! The New York-based fast-casual eatery Dig, which prides itself on its veggie-centric menu (don’t fret, meat eaters: they’ve also got bowl add-ins like chicken thighs and wild salmon), just opened on Chestnut Street, just in time to satisfy any newfound commitments to healthy eating. And with veggies like parmesan cauliflower, brussels sprouts with honey-chili oil and sweet potatoes with rosemary, it’s kind of like Thanksgiving all year round. In other words, it’s a magical place. Do it.
Run to donuts. Because what better way is there to begin the new year than by running to donuts? Don’t answer that: There is no better way. Philadelphia Runner will be leading a free three-mile run, complete with Federal Donuts and coffee at the finish, that’s open to all. Do it.
Treat yourself! ICYMI: Philadelphia recently got a really nice movie theater. Like, the-leather (!)-seats-recline nice. And it happens to be a few blocks from the East Market City Fitness outpost. So, idea: After your Sunday workout, treat yourself to a solo movie date. (Hey! The key to reaching your goals is knowing when to recharge.) Do it.