31 New Years Resolution Ideas to Start Your 2019 Right!

Start 2019 off with a splash.

Picking a New Year’s resolution is hard, sticking to your New Year’s resolution is sometimes even harder. We have created this list so that you can try a New Year’s resolution every day of January and finally start the year with a change that will stick. 


Switch off your phone more

Not only is this beneficial for your eyes but switching off can have a further reaching impact such as regulating sleep cycles, promoting genuine social interactions and can be beneficial to your mental health. 

Start a new hobby

Our venues at Melbourne Sport Centres are open all year round and have activities on offer for all ages. Talk to one of our friendly staff members and find something that will stick this year.

Spend more time with your family and friends

This year actively look to make plans with family and friends. Use this as an opportunity to try new things with the people you love and love to spend time with.

Cut out processed foods

If you are feeling brave this New Year, steering clear of processed foods is not only great for your body, but will challenge you to try new things and will lead to a healthier mind and body. 

Start every day with a positive affirmation

This is one simple task people around the world use to keep a healthy and optimistic mind. Studies have found that when you consciously take a moment in the morning to say something positive about yourself, you are more productive and positive throughout the day. 

Try "meat-free" Monday 

It’s an effortless way to challenge your culinary skills and reduce your impact on the environment. There are plenty of simple recipes that can help you and your family make our planet a little bit better, with a little less meat.

Improve your strength

Start a new fitness plan and look to improve your strength. Start trading endless cardio sessions, with little results, for Pilates or weights under the eye of a professional Gym Trainer. 

Read more

With the use of technology reading is becoming easier and more accessible than ever! You can listen to an audio book on your morning walk, download a book on to your phone or have a brand-new book delivered to your door. By the end of the year, you will find that you have expanded your knowledge and language skills and may even have a reduced stress level. 

Learn how to swim or learn how to swim better

It is never too late to learn how to swim, and when is a better time to learn how to swim than in 2019? MSAC offers swim lessons suitable for all age groups. If you already know how to swim, but want to improve your stroke, MSAC offers squad programs and masterclasses for all ages.  

Walk or bike ride more

If you can, walk or bike ride to work at least one day a week. If you are not able to complete your whole journey on foot or by bike, consider doing a large portion of it such as walking to the station instead of driving. Not only is this a fantastic way to start your day but it is also great for the environment!

Swap coffee for tea

If you are a big coffee drinker, try and reduce your coffee intake for herbal teas or water. Excess amounts of caffeine can have a negative impact on your sleep cycle, blood pressure and mood. Our Sir Albert Café at MSAC can recommend your next favourite drink, to kick start a healthier you.

Start a new sport

If you are already an MSAC member you already have access the variety of sports we have offer. Whether its squash, pilates or aqua aerobics it is never too late to start something new.

Travel more

You don’t have to spend a lot or go too far to see or do new things. Camping is a cheap way to explore Victoria and Australia over the weekend. Make the most of the New Year and start a new habit to see more and do more this year. 

Drink more water

We all are guiltily of forgetting to drink enough. This year, treat yourself to a new drink bottle and aim to drink at least 2 litres a day. Increasing your water intake can improve your skin, flush out toxins and help with muscle recovery. 

Increase the colour in your life

When buying new clothes or items for the house, consider purchasing something with a bit more colour. Colour has an amazing impact on human psychology and certain colours can immediately improve your mood and outlook on life. 

Reduce your impact on the environment

This year, consciously reduce your carbon and waste footprint. Reduce the amount of waste you produce and buy fresh food with no or limited packaging. Consider making simple changes such as using your car less or reducing your use of air conditioning and plastic bags, which will save you money in the long term and make the planet a better place!

Improve your personal best

Whether your goal is to run faster, lift heavier, cycle further or meditate for longer, in the New Year set personal goals for yourself to complete and challenge yourself with. 

Learn something new

The internet is a great place for tutorials and short courses as well as MSAC Institute. In 2019, use your spare time more wisely and learn a new skill or build on your current ones. Set yourself a goal on what you would like to learn and explore ways to achieve it. 

Be on time

Some of us struggle to be on time. Start leaving five minutes earlier and impress your friends, family and colleagues. Being on time will make you less stressed and more prepared for any meeting. 

Help someone

Whether it be through volunteering, mentoring or simple acts of kindness. Spend some time this New Year by helping someone who may need it to achieve their personal goals or to simply get though life.

Give more time to yourself

Pencil in time to recharge and allow yourself to reflect for at least 30 minutes a week. If you have young children, utilise the creche at MSAC to give yourself time to reconnect or some time to relax.

Start using a diary

Whether it is on your phone or a paper diary, use your diary to put in birthdays, public holidays and other important events to ensure you are organised this year. This is a good habit to begin and make sure that you can plan a long weekend away months in advance!

Quit or reduce a bad habit

We all know you can’t stop a bad habit overnight, or even in a week. Devote this year to breaking a bad habit and consciously think to reduce it each day. Remember to consult a healthcare professional if you need help along the way! 

Start being more creative

It is equally as important to exercise your brain as it is your body. This year, look to start something creative such as painting, sculpture or arts and crafts. Being creative can be a great way to relax even 

Learn to cook or learn to cook something new

The internet is a great place to find new recipes in addition to asking your family or friends for their tips and tricks. If you are looking for some new and easy to prepare healthy meals register for MSAC’s 7-Day Challenge and get some new inspiration for the kitchen.

Join a Gym

It is always easier to start getting fit and being active when you are surrounded by people who are trying to do the same thing. Join a gym where you have a good relationship with the staff and even better, join with a friend, which will help you stay motivated throughout the year. A good place to start is with the MSAC gym 7-day free pass   which give you access to the gym facilities, fitness classes and some of the best personal trainers in the area. 

Read the news more

Learn more about your community and the world by reading and watching the news more and less about celebrities. By swapping celebrity gossip with the news, you can become more knowledgeable on current affairs. Knowledge is one of the most powerful things and staying up to date is free.

Create a meal plan

The best way to start eating healthier and to save money on food is to create a meal plan. Start preparing your lunches at the beginning of the week and only buy the food you have planned to eat for that week. If you need help getting started, visit a dietitian or speak to the staff at the MSAC gym.

Get better sleep

Devote this year to perfecting your night time routine. Teach yourself how to meditate and tools to ‘switch off’ your mind before bed. If you need help along the way, book into a yoga class in the MSAC Wellness Zone.

Pick a New Year’s Resolution and get started!

The time has come to pick a New Year’s resolution and stick to it! Reach out to the people around you or buy a couple of new things to help you stay on track and make 2019 your best year yet. 

Want to kick start your fitness goals? Get a free 7 day trial at the world-class Melbourne Sports Centres MSAC.