Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Can a holiday help with your New Year’s Resolution?

With the beginning of each New Year, most of us will make New Year’s Resolutions to somehow better ourselves or help those around us. We aim to end particularly unhealthy or unhelpful patterns of behaviour, or finally commit to those decisions or changes which we’ve been considering in 2013. Whatever they may be, New Year’s Resolutions can be difficult to keep. However, we believe that an exciting activity like a holiday can keep you determined to stick to your goals, and could even help you to accomplish them.

Some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions involve making changes to the way we look after ourselves, and taking up new hobbies or creative activities such cooking or painting. Arguably the most frequently made promise is to eat healthier. This could mean less junk food and takeaways, or a cutting down of other sugary or fatty snacks. The results can be improved physical and mental wellbeing, as well as reduced risk of the likes of high blood pressure and diabetes.

Eating healthier isn’t the most common New Year’s Resolution for no reason. Most of us struggle to say no to a biscuit or cake, but an activity like a cooking holiday to Tuscany or Puglia could be the boost to help you actually follow through with your change. You’ll enjoy cooking lessons in an authentic villa, in small groups with an expert who will be keen to share his enthusiasm and expertise. You could then use these techniques and recipes back at home, enjoying traditional Italian cuisine which is as tasty as it is healthy.

Often regular exercise goes hand in hand with healthy eating. Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions to join the gym or start jogging, but hobbies like Pilates will improve our physical health while providing the peace and relaxation for improved mental wellbeing.

The likes of arthiritus and back ache can be kept at bay with pilates, while toning your body and leaving you feeling rejuvenated. To keep you motivated and aware of the best practices or exercises, why not consider a pilates holiday to Umbria or Sicily? Every day you’ll train in a small group, with experts to teach you the body control method and the skills to use at home.

While many of us will make New Year’s Resolutions relating to our health or wellbeing, another common aim is to be more creative or take up a new hobby. It is all too easy to vegetate in front of the television after a hard day at work, but an artistic hobby like painting can keep us mentally active while making the most of our free time. You could start painting with the kids, or join a gallery like the Tate, where membership gives you free access to the frequently-changing exhibitions.

If you’re due a holiday in 2014, you could even combine your hobby with a painting holiday to Venice, Tuscany or Sicily. You’ll enjoy Italian cuisine while using a variety of materials to recreate the beautiful Italian landscapes surrounding you, from the canals of Venice to the spires of Florence. Your holiday could fill you with the passion to continue your hobby at home throughout 2014, turning what could have been a difficult New Year’s Resolution into an exciting and enjoyable pastime.

Do you have any planned New Year’s Resolutions? Do you think your chances of success could be improved with an exciting activity like a Flavours Holiday?

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