New Year Resolutions for a healthier lifestyle in Boulder
2015 is coming to an end, and with the New Year, also come our list of resolutions and goals for success. Most Americans will make a New Year’s resolution related to health improvements – be it to lose weight, quit smoking or drink less- but only 1 in 10 of them achieves their goal.
The exact reasons as to why less than half of the people that made new year’s resolutions can stick to them after 6 months are not written in stone, but psychologists have found that we’re more likely to succeed if we break them into smaller, more specific goals that are measurable and time-based.
And one exceptionally simple and specific resolution you can make this 2016 is to get outdoors more! Trust us, the best part is that by making this a habit, you’ll start to naturally see lots of other cascading health benefits flow into your life! And let’s be honest, living in Colorado makes this resolution a lot easier!
Here’s something you can try this New Year’s Day in Boulder or across the country:
First Day Hikes
First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Last year nearly 28,000 people ran in the New Year, collectively hiking over 66,000 miles throughout the country!
First Day Hikes are led by knowledgeable state park staff and volunteers. The distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family. People are invited to savor the beauty of the state park’s natural resources with the comfort of an experienced guide, so they may be inspired to take advantage of these local treasures throughout the year.
To see where this is happening, visit your state’s park website for details on First Day Hikes near Boulder.