How to keep your New Year's resolutions (even in lockdown)
Don’t let the national lockdown hold you back. The right tech can help you nail your resolutions even when you’re at home…
11 Jan 2021
It’s 2021, and none of us are strangers to spending plenty of time at home. However, if like us you’re an annual resolution-setter, being stuck in the same space could be seen as a setback. But don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways you can make the time count and work towards the “new you” in the new year. You never know – the right tech could help you make it to that ultimate goal, faster.
Here are a few ways you can be the best you in 2021:
How to get fit in 2021
We may be dealing with the sporadic opening and closing of gyms, 5-a-side football pitches, swimming pools and sports centres, but it’s still important to stay motivated and keep active. It’s not just vital for physical health, but for mental health, too. Whether your goal is to lose weight or simply to start regularly exercising, having that routine in place keeps you focused every day you’re indoors.
We’ve watched many PT Instagram Live sessions and gone for many a local walk, but few activities have brought families together in lockdown as well as Joe Wicks’ PE lessons. What started as a way to keep kids exercising while schools are closed has become a super-motivating daily fitness blast for adults as well. The Body Coach brings out fresh content regularly, and there’s even a 2021 fitness journey playlist to help you get started.
While you’re keeping fit in the living room, it’s always worth seeing how much closer you are to your goals. Fitness trackers and smart watches like the Apple Watch SE and Garmin vivosmart 4 give you accurate stats such as heart rate and stress levels, so you can track your progress over time and in depth. You can even follow your body’s energy level to find your perfect workout time – so you’ll get the most out of every session.
How to eat healthier in 2021
More time at home means a great opportunity to get experimental in the kitchen and take charge of what you eat. While restaurants and cafés are closed, it’s fun to recreate your go-to restaurant dishes and drinks in the comfort of your own home.
There’s some great tech out there to help you cook more healthily and ensure you’re getting your nutrients in. The Nutri Ninja FreshVac Blender makes smoothies to rival even the best juice bar, and makes it easy to get more than your 5 a day in a single drink. The FreshVac pump removes air from your drink, keeping it fresher for longer when you store it in the fridge. No wasted ingredients means a healthier carbon footprint, too.
You don’t need to cut out all the foods you love to improve your diet and eat well in 2021. With an air fryer, you can still enjoy satisfyingly crispy chips and delicious chicken, without all the unnecessary oil. Less than a teaspoon of oil is all that’s needed to air fry ingredients to perfection, and these must-have kitchen gadgets are a whizz with desserts too.
Need some mealtime inspo? The Tefal ActiFry Genius XL has enough space to cook for the whole family, and comes with an app that features over 300 recipes. So you can make every mealtime exciting and healthy.
How to be more environmentally-friendly in 2021
Attenborough has spoken. We could all do with being more environmentally conscious and aware of the items that leave our homes and ultimately end up in landfill. Without a change in habits, more time at home is likely to mean more household waste. However, it’s a golden opportunity to try more sustainably sourced alternatives, recycle, or even just cut down on carrier bags.
Food waste is a big problem, too. British households waste an average of 4.5 million tonnes of food every year, so it’s important we all play our part to help reduce the number, even if it’s not a top resolution. One of the best ways to do this is by making sure your food stays fresher for longer. This means you’ve got more time to get through those delicious ingredients and fewer trips to the supermarket.
A great fridge freezer like the Samsung RB34T632ESA can extend the shelf life of your food. The air flow cooling feature keeps ingredients tasting day-one fresh for longer, and it’s also very energy efficient. Plus, an ice-cool water dispenser is always a welcome addition.
Need to get rid of the old technology cluttering your home? Don’t bin it – recycle it at your local Currys. When our stores are open, you can recycle any of your old electricals, totally free, without buying anything new. Your old phones, laptops and gadgets are made from precious metals that can be reused in the new, exciting tech of tomorrow. So, do a good deed and you’ll be well on the way to earning your green credentials!