With the New Year upon us, it's time to start thinking about those wonderful resolutions that will hopefully shape our 2016 to be the best year so far. If you find that your annual goals tend to be a flop by February, perhaps it's time to make a resolution to keep your resolutions!
To help inspire you to make your own list for January 1, we at Ray White Surfers Paradise have compiled our top five resolutions, and how you can make them a reality in the coming year.
Environmental concerns are a growing presence in many people's lives, especially in the wake of the recent United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference. Fortunately, you don't have to be a politician or a major corporation to make a difference.
There is plenty you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, from walking or taking public transport to work instead of driving, to choosing energy efficient appliances for your home. Taking shorter showers and turning off electrical devices when possible can all add up to greater savings for power and your pocket. Not to mention energy-efficient light bulbs can save you up to 50 per cent on your household lighting costs according to Your Energy Savings.
This might not have sprung to mind immediately when we mentioned New Year's Resolutions, but it can make a considerable difference with regards to both the environment and your wallet.
According to Food Wise, as a nation Australians throw away 20 per cent of all food we purchase. Imagine tossing every fifth bag of groceries straight into the bin. Even more disturbing is the fact that the same organisation reports that 40 per cent of what each household throws away is food, constituting over $1,000 being wasted each year.
You can make a change for the better by making more of an effort to incorporate leftovers and scraps in your next meal, as well as using organic waste for composting.
Hydration is incredibly important, especially considering that the majority of our body is composed of water. According to the Victoria government's Better Health Channel, adults can lose up from 2.5-3 litres of water a day on average.
This water needs to be replaced in order to ensure optimum functioning of our muscles, bloodstream, temperature regulation and digestion amongst others.
Keeping your fluid levels topped up is especially important during summer in Surfers Paradise, as the warm weather can result in you losing water through perspiration. This is especially the case if you are exercising outdoors.
Speaking of exercising outdoors, summer is the perfect time to start the year off with some excellent fitness habits. According to the American Heart Association, even 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise can go a long way to supporting your cardiovascular health. You can find more ideas on how to get fit in Surfers Paradise here.
If your goal for the new year is to buy a house in this beautiful part of the Gold Coast, the expert team at Ray White Surfers Paradise are here to help you find the right property to suit your lifestyle.
Make sure you contact us today to get started in the Surfers Paradise property market.