New year new you

New Year's resolutions are often made with the best intentions but they can be difficult to stick to. So difficult in fact, it is thought that almost 80% of these resolutions are broken before January is even finished.

With that in mind, we thought we’d ask our tutors and students for some of their New Year’s resolutions that they’ve struggled to stick to. We’ve rounded up 5 of the ones that cropped up the most.

How many of these are you guilty of making and breaking?

1, “My goal is to get fit next year”

January is the time of year when we see the shops flooded with celebrity get fit DVDs and there seems to be a special offer in every gym you pass. Lots of people we asked said that getting fit is one of their main goals for the new year. But it’s also one they never stick to.


And it’s not just at ESC Towers that getting fit is one of the most commonly broken New Year’s resolutions. In 2018, there were almost 10 million gym memberships in the UK, however, 4% of all memberships didn’t even make it to February.

If you are thinking of joining the Gym, why not take a look at our college gym membership. You can pay as you go from £5, pay monthly from £20, or pay annually from £200.

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2, “Cut down on the junk food and eat healthy foods instead”

Most people try to eat at least five portions of fruit or veg and drink at least two litres of water per day. In January it seems that we make an extra effort to try and sustain it throughout the year.


However, the lure of a cheeky takeaway, a sharing bag of Maltesers, and a half price tub of Ben & Jerry’s is just too difficult to give up.

If you’re planning to eat much healthier in 2019 then why not take a look at some health food trends coming our way next year

3, “I want to save money and spend less”

I think we’ve all said we’d like to do this at some point in our lives! Making a conscious effort to put money away and save is another popular resolution made by lots of people we spoke to. Whether it was saving for a holiday, saving for driving lessons, or saving for uni, most people want to have a few funds to fall back on in 2019.


So if you’re planning to stash away some cash you might want to look at opening up a savings account. The Money Saving Expert is pretty switched on when it comes to money and will give you the lowdown on everything from your Instant Access savers to your Lifetime ISAs.

4, “I’m going to do some volunteering next year”

A lot of people start the New Year with a positive and can-do attitude. Many of the people we spoke to wanted to be more generous, do more things for others, and by the end of the year, feel like they’ve made a bit of a difference.

However, with such a busy and hectic way of life, volunteering and being selfless often falls by the wayside. However, even the smallest random act of kindness can go a long way to brightening someone’s day.


So if one of your resolutions is to doing something for others, why not help out at a local charity? We support a number of local organisations who would love for you to spend some of your time helping out. It could be for one hour per month or even just as a one off. Whatever it is, your time will be hugely appreciated.

You could help at a hospice:

St Wifrid’s Hospice

St Michael’s Hospice

Support the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity

Or volunteer to support WynterCon at their biggest fundraising event, WynterCon VI in 2019

5, “I’d love to learn something new”

Many people set themselves the goal of learning something new, whether it is just for the fun of learning or because they want to get better at something. But this is another resolution that many people don’t see through.


Lots of people we spoke to said that they would love to learning something new in 2019. Some said they would join part-time classes in pottery because they’ve always had a passion for being creative. Some said they would like to learn another language because they wanted to challenge themselves. Others said they would like to add more beauty treatments to their skillset because it will help them in their career.

If your New Year’s resolution is to learn a new skill, get a job promotion, or just to meet new, like-minded people then we might be able to help with that.

We have a whole range of brand new and existing part-time courses that you can join. Have a browse through, you might find something that will help to change your 2019

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