Did you make a resolution this year? To exercise every day? To learn a new language? To eat better? With the help of a little champagne, making a resolution probably seemed like a great idea. But now that the sun is shining and it's 2014, the real challenge of keeping your resolution begins.
If you’re serious about your resolutions this year, there’s no shame in taking a little helping hand in order to reach your goals. Here are some handy gadgets that just might make the difference this year.
Resolution #1: Get Fit
Every New Year, so many people resolve that this will finally be the year that exercise becomes a daily habit instead of something to do sporadically and dread the rest of the time. But come February, not many resolution-makers will still be seen in the gym. Luckily, the gym is not the only place to exercise. In fact, you’re probably already living a more active life than you thought.
If you want to understand your habits better and make physical activity a priority, the Jawbone Up is for you. This high-tech bracelet gathers information about your daily activity, sleep patterns, and eating habits. Then it syncs with your smartphone to give you insights, helps you set goals, and celebrate accomplishments. To add an extra edge to your workouts, throw in a pair of sports headphones – you can find them for great prices at MiniintheBox.com .
Resolution #2: Eat Better
Eating well is not only a good idea for your physical health, but it’s good for your financial health as well. Cooking at home is a good start for keeping your resolution, but what about when you’re at work? You can’t exactly dash home, cook up a meal, and go back to work all in an hour. It can get really tempting to just “grab something fast” (and probably not so healthy) during your lunch hour, but don’t give in!
This microwavable bento box just might change the way you think about lunch forever. It has separate compartments for different foods and is microwave and dishwasher safe. You can also keep food cool all day by putting ice in the lid. With this bento, you can enjoy last night’s healthy cooking for today’s lunch. And that means no more excuses to run to Panda Express.
Resolution #3: Learn a New Language
Learning a new language is a challenge, and of course it can take years to become really fluent. That doesn’t mean you can’t make progress in a language in one year. With enough determination and focus, you may be having some basic conversations in your second language in only a few months.
Besides the computer programs, podcasts, and books that will help you learn languages, this amazing digital pen translator can help make it easier to learn new vocabulary as you read in the language you want to learn. All you have to do is scan the pen over what you’re reading, and it recognizes and translates it in one of 11 language combinations. It also comes with voice synthesis (text to voice) features and is compatible with Microsoft Word, email, and other programs. You can get it at Amazon.com.
Resolution #4: Improve Your Mind
All of your teachers were right: Nothing is better for widening your horizons, expanding your vocabulary, and engaging your mind than reading. And the truth is, most of the classics are classics for a very good reason. It really is worth it to turn of Netflix once in a while and curl up with a great work of literature.
That doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a whole library, though. Just get yourself a Kindle and start downloading a digital library. eBooks for Kindle are generally cheaper than physical books (and sometimes even free), so in the long run it will save you a big chunk of change. Plus, you won’t be able to make any more excuses like “books are too heavy to carry around.”
No matter what resolutions you made this year, this can be the year that you really make the changes that you want in your life.
Happy New Year!