2023 is here! With all the festivities and frivolity often comes moments of reflection: what do you resolve to change for the better in the new year?
Every year, millions upon millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions to eat better, exercise more, and become more organized, among many other goals. However, one study estimates an 8% success rate, on average, when it comes to sticking to these resolutions. To increase your chances for success, consider common sense advice:
- Avoid making too many resolutions
- Set specific, concrete goals
- Choose realistic goals
Another way to improve the likelihood that you’ll stick to your New Year’s resolutions is by reducing “friction costs,” or things that make it harder to achieve your goal. Consider the difference between traveling a long distance to go to the gym versus going to the gym in your own apartment building. That’s why amenities at luxury apartment communities can give residents an edge in pursuing their New Year’s resolutions. Onsite amenities save time amid a hectic schedule, which may help improve your likelihood of achieving goals such as:
Conquering Fitness Goals with Onsite Gyms
How many trips to the gym do you make every year? How long does the round trip take? Answer those questions, and you’ll get a quick sense of how much time you’ll save using a fitness center in your multifamily community. Look for well-equipped facilities offering cardio, machines, weights, a yoga room, and more. How many more workouts will you get every year when you eliminate travel times? Give careful consideration to your fitness resolutions. Lofty goals are sometimes more crushing than inspiring. Once you establish a realistic goal, you need a way to achieve it. Runner’s World cites the importance of developing a roadmap to achieve your fitness goals. When you don’t feel up to it, embrace the “10-minute rule.” Commit to doing 10 minutes worth of your favorite fitness activity. More often than not, that becomes a gateway to a full workout.
Staying Active with Bicycle Storage and Maintenance
Fitness doesn’t only happen in the gym: biking is another way to achieve your fitness resolution. Apartment communities may offer secure bicycle storage. Some even provide an area for bike maintenance and repair, making it easier for cyclists to hit the road and enjoy a fantastic cardio workout.
Every year, millions upon millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions to eat better, exercise more, and become more organized, among many others goals.
Achieving Healthier Eating with Well-Equipped Kitchens
When you prepare a meal, you have control over what you eat. Kitchens in luxury apartments are often very inviting. They may be larger and feature stainless steel appliances, stone countertops, and convenient islands. That often translates to more time spent there and less time spent dining out. When it comes to eating well, planning ahead is half the battle. Keep ample supplies of vegetables in the freezer. Frozen veggies retain key nutrients. When time is short, consider fresh, pre-cut fruit and vegetables. Add whole grains to salads. Have nutritious snacks with you wherever you go. Add lean protein to your pasta and other dishes. add flavor the low-cal way – season entrees with herbs, lemon juice, or balsamic vinegar dressing. Mindful consumption keeps calories in check.
Keeping the Home Clean
Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are focused on keeping the home neat and tidy. Pet owners know how difficult it is to keep an apartment clean with constant shedding and drooling. Fortunately, that task is made significantly easier if you live in a building with onsite pet spas and baths, where you can keep on top of your furry friend’s grooming needs. Many luxury buildings also offer in-unit washing and dryer machines, which makes it easy to keep your apartment stocked with freshly cleaned bedding, towels, and linens—no trip to the laundromat required.
Staying Organized and Productive
Onsite business centers and coworking spaces save time and enhance productivity, as there’s always a place to escape to get work done. These spaces generally include access to free WiFi, computers, printers, and spaces to collaborate with colleagues or clients. Some even include cafes, so you never need to leave your building to enjoy the experience of getting work done at the coffee shop.
Why even bother with New Year’s resolutions? First and foremost, they focus the mind. According to one study, there was a six-month success rate of 46% among those who made resolutions. Whatever you do, be specific! Among those with vague goals, that six-month success rate dropped to a dismal 4%. Some medical professionals suggest that incremental change is more likely to last. Set realistic, achievable goals that will also enhance self-esteem and increase self-confidence. In turn, this will empower you to pursue your goals with vigor.
Amenities at Draper and Kramer Luxury Apartment Properties
Draper and Kramer’s luxury apartment properties offer amenities that make New Year’s resolutions more achievable. On Chicago’s north side, Wrigleyville Lofts has a modern fitness center and a fully-equipped dog spa. In the South Loop, Aspire provides a yoga room, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an outdoor dog park. In St. Louis, the new Moda at the Hill offers stainless steel kitchen appliances and granite countertops. Residents can work remotely in private co-working spaces and take advantage of the yoga studio and fitness center.
In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, stay productive, relaxed, and connected at Crest at Colinas Station. Residents have access to a coworking lounge with WiFi. Enhance mind and body at the fitness center and private zen garden. In Phoenix, Senita on Cave Creek offers a 24-hour fitness center and spin/yoga room with Peloton bikes. Pet-loving residents save time with an onsite pet park and indoor wash station.
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