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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Agnes Scott chapter.

Before 2017 began, most of us were sitting thinking about some New Year Resolutions to improve our lifestyle and implement in the new year (I don’t blame you, 2016 was a struggle). Personally speaking, mine is to explore and grow more. However, I know many people that have the cliche resolutions such as going to the gym every day, eating better, or save money. If you are one of those people, then here are some better solutions to your crazy resolutions!

“I’m going to go to the gym every day.”

Those gym membership ads start creeping up after the holidays and make you feel like a couch potato. Naturally, you want to go to the gym and be more active. However, going to the gym every day requires a lot of time commitment to your hectic schedule. Luckily, with Snap Fitness it’s much easier to work with your schedule since they are open 24/7 (except during restricted busy hours).  Instead of going every day, go three times a week, or skip the elevators and use the stairs! Those stairs in Buttrick not only look friendly but definitely make you feel like you’re out of shape.

“I’m going to eat healthier.”

A healthy lifestyle is very important. Holistically it improves your mental, emotional and physical health. However, have some fun with your food! Don’t just bore yourself with a whole lot of greens! Add some flavor to them, like grilled chicken or instead of a salad go for a veggie wrap! Another great way to implement a healthier lifestyle is by packing meals. This works better for those who have easy access to kitchens in their dorms. Take baby steps, nice and slow. And then every now and then, treat yourself!

“I will save up money.”

Let’s face it, the world revolves around money. It’s smart to save money and understand your finances, especially in college. However, be very smart with the way you save money (not to mention be smart with how you choose to spend your money.) Start off slow, don’t limit yourself immediately. If you overthink it, you may end up tempting yourself to take money from your savings account because desperate times call for desperate measures. A better solution to resist this temptation is by putting $5 in every week, or for every $10 you spend, put an extra $2 in your savings account. I’m not the best in math, so you can figure out how much you would end up saving by the end of the year!

These simple solutions to your crazy resolutions will help you achieve your goal for 2017. Next time someone from your past texts you, just say “New Semester, Who This?”

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MeaResea is an alumna of Agnes Scott College where she majored in Economics and minored in Spanish. She recharted the HCASC chapter in the fall semester of 2016. She served as the Editor-in-Chief and President of Her Campus at Agnes Scott. Her favorite quote and words that she lives by are, "She believed she could, so she did." -Unknown http://meareseahomer.agnesscott.org/