New Year’s resolutions are very much embedded in human history and culture, essentially since civilizations learned to track and date the beginning and end of a year. It’s said that the first people to ever make these resolutions were the ancient Babylonians around 4,000 years ago, and yet, we’re still not very good at sticking to our plans.
In modern times, many people make the same resolutions based on personal health and advancing their minds, but a common mistake is to make too many resolutions at once, rather than sticking to one. Now, well past the halfway mark of 2021, there’s still time to fulfill your New Year’s resolution. So, we’ve got some shrewd hacks to get you to the end goal of some of the most common resolutions.
Hack your way to learning a new language
Each year, among the most common resolutions is to learn a new language, whether it’s to expand one’s linguistic horizons, prepare for a holiday, or enhance your job application form. It can be very tough to achieve this goal within a year, but using these 10 language-learning tips and hacks has helped others even to learn Italian within 90 days.
Of the 10 hacks, it’s best to get the beginner’s one locked down first, with that being to start with short and simple dialogues. By starting your learning by reading and listening to short and simple stories, you’ll quickly get a grasp of the core 100 to 200 words used in the language. Next, you’ll want to focus on comprehensible input, which means to attempt reading and listening that’s always just a bit above your current level.
This method can help anyone, but it is particularly useful for students who are studying abroad and finding life stressful. Getting a better handling of the local language can be a great reliever of stress, allowing you to not need to worry about ordering food or conversing with others. The hacks can certainly help in this real-world scenario, and are just as helpful to the more casual, resolution-fulfilling learners.
Make your health and fitness goals fun
Usually atop the list of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to either get healthier, get fitter, lose weight, burn fat, or become more athletic. Regardless of which one it is, they all revolve around exercising to burn fat. Many people become discouraged with these goals within a matter of weeks, not seeing any difference and finding the work difficult, but there’s certainly a hack for this resolution.
The first thing that everyone needs to understand is that you can’t spot-burn fat. To lose weight, or rather body fat, you need to create a caloric deficit by burning more calories than you eat. As you do this, fat will burn faster in the less essential areas, such as your extremities, before boiling down to your torso – where the body wants to store fat naturally. It’s also key to know that weight work raises your metabolism, which helps you to more efficiently use what you eat while also burning more as a result.
While weight work will be an effort regardless, the main thing to focus on is aerobic workouts, which are excellent for burning fat. The best tool for this, especially if you want time to fly with a bit of fun, is an exercise bike. Even elderly people can find favor with a recumbent exercise bike, but for younger people, get one that’s a decent weight and you can sit upright on. This is so that you can hook up a game console to the TV and play games while pedaling away the fat. You’d be surprised how much faster you go while playing a racing game, or how quickly time passes when you’re immersed in an RPG, action, or sports title.
Whether you want to learn a new language or get fitter, there’s still plenty of time to hack your way to resolution success.