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5 New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep

Dominica Czaczka | January 2019

Catch ya later 2018 – 2019, please take a seat.

We all know the drill; you’ll set a New Year’s resolution only for it to fizzle out quicker than the time it took to decide on one. It can be tempting to make overly ambitious resolutions, particularly when buoyed by the euphoria of the festive season. In 2019, why not pick a handful that you’ll actually keep?

Drink more tap water

The benefits of drinking water are hardly a secret – staying hydrated helps flush out toxins, keep headaches at bay and keep your organs functioning. Despite being essential to our survival, many people often do not meet their required intake for the day. Keep your health in optimal condition and fill up on H20 in 2019.

Psst – ditch the bottled water and fill your water bottle up with tap water. Gold Coast tap water is significantly cheaper, coming in at $0.0039 per litre, compared to the average cost of bottled water at supermarkets ($2.53 per litre). Not only will it relieve your bank account (especially post Boxing Day splurge!), but you’ll be kinder to the environment – disposable plastic bottles are one of the most common litter items found in our waterways*.

Need to fill up on the run? There are water refill stations installed at popular locations across the city:

  • Botanic Gardens, Benowa
  • Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach
  • Pratten Park, Broadbeach
  • Victoria Park, Broadbeach
  • John Laws Park, Burleigh Heads
  • Justins Park (north), Burleigh Heads
  • Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Coomera
  • Pacific Parade, Currumbin
  • Harley Park, Labrador
  • Ed Hardy Park, Miami
  • Damian Leeding Park, Oxenford
  • Paradise Point Parklands, Paradise Point
  • Pat Fagan Park, Rainbow Bay
  • Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise
  • Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
  • Macintosh Island Park, Surfers Paradise
  • Broadwater Parklands, Southport
  • Soccer Lane, Southport
  • Tallebudgera Creek, Tallebudgera
  • Varsity Lakes Foreshore Parklands, Varsity Lakes

*Results from a study conducted by Healthy Land and Water in 2014-15.

Explore your own backyard

With 300 days of sunshine a year, 57 kilometres of pristine coastline, more than 4500 hectares of World Heritage Gondwana rainforest and more canals than Venice and Amsterdam combined, it’s not hard to see why the Gold Coast is Australia’s tourism capital. Why not make like our 13 million annual visitors and explore your own backyard?

Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails, check out an Instagram-worthy hotspot or take your furry friend on a day trip. Feel like you need to cool down? Take a dip in one the coast’s many watering holes or simply check out a different beach than you’d usually pick.

Support local business

If you’ve ever needed an excuse to treat yourself to brunch, this is it. From cafes to bars, family owned convenience stores to hole-in-the-wall boutiques, the Gold Coast has its fair share of local businesses. Forget mass produced offerings and think local this year. Stock up on fresh produce from local growers at markets, do your weekly grocery shop at family-owned convenience stores, update your home with some hand-crafted homewares or simply head out for a meal at a local restaurant every now and then.

Move more

Skip the cliché ‘lose 15kg’ pact with yourself and focus on moving more in 2019. Vows to start weight-loss regimes often come with the best intentions, however are ultimately undone within weeks. The best fitness plan is one which causes the least amount of disruption to your daily life. Fitness is not a one size fits all approach, so find something that suits your abilities and lifestyle. From saying Namaste in a yoga studio, testing your right hook at boxing or simply exploring the city by foot or bike, we can guarantee you’ll find a new hobby that you enjoy in no time.

Want to embrace a healthier lifestyle without breaking the bank? Check out free ways to stay active on the Gold Coast.

Become a bookworm

Start the New Year off on the right foot and expand your mind through reading. Becoming a bookworm has never been easier; simply visit a City of Gold Coast library and sign up for a membership (it’s free!). With enough genres and formats to make Charles Dickens jealous, you’ll find everything from audiobooks, autobiographies to the latest thriller novels. Looking for some self-improvement? City libraries host a multitude of workshops and events, from art programs, kid’s activities, small business seminars and more!

Library locations:

• Broadbeach Library
• Burleigh Heads Library
• Burleigh Waters Library
• Coolangatta Library
• Elanora Library
• Helensvale Library
• Nerang Library
• Palm Beach Community Lounge and Library
• Robina Library
• Runaway Bay Library
• Southport Library
• Upper Coomera Library

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