Published: Monday, 31st December 2018

January goes hand-in-hand with health kicks, setting goals and trying new things. We've rounded up some of the most common New Year's resolutions and how we can help you keep them.

  1. Exercise more 

Probably one of the most common New Year's resolutions of all. There are lots of ways to get active in Greenwich. Try out the fantastic facilities at our leisure centres, with a range of membership options including many concessions.  

You can find lots of other free and low-cost activities including health walks, physical activities and sport sessions at Greenwich Get Active.

  1. Eat healthier 

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. Live Well Greenwich has lots of advice on eating well including growing your own vegetables.

Why not go along to a free Greenwich community cookery club and learn how to cook healthy meals on a budget. There are classes starting in January all over the borough. Look for upcoming cookery clubs near you

  1. Look after your cash 

Many of us like to splash out a little bit at Christmas, but when the new year dawns, our purse strings need to tighten again.

Greenwich and Bexley Credit Union offers an easy way to save money or borrow a small loan. Members make regular savings each week or month and are eligible to take out their first loan after three months. It’s a great way to pay for family holidays, home improvements, birthdays, weddings, or to save for a rainy day. Pop into their shop in Woolwich or visit Greenwich and Bexley Credit Union's webiste to find out more.

  1. Kick the habit 

Quitting smoking can save you money as well as reducing your chances of chest infections, asthma and lung cancer. Although stopping smoking is not easy, there’s lots of free support near you – and with our help you are four times more likely to quit for good.

Drop-in to one of our stop smoking clinics in local leisure centres, libraries and community centres – no appointment needed. Visit Live Well Greenwich to find out more or call 0800 470 4831.

  1. Cut down your drinking 

Lots of us enjoy a drink – after work, at the weekend, or for special occasions. But regularly drinking too much alcohol can affect your health, happiness and wellbeing.  

If you’re feeling the effects of a boozy Christmas, why not give yourself a break and reset your relationship with alcohol by taking part in Dry January – a national challenge to banish booze for 31 days.

If you are concerned about your own drinking, or someone close to you, get advice and support at Live Well Greenwich.

  1. Read more books 

We have 12 libraries across the borough with more than 270,000 books, so you’ll never be short of a new title to read. Join one of the 28 book clubs at our libraries and challenge yourself to read something you wouldn’t normally choose. 

There were over 2.5 million visits to our libraries last year, but don’t worry if you can’t get to the library due to your age, an illness or disability, we’ll bring the library to you. Find out more about our home library service or locate your local library.

  1. Get a new job 

Looking for a new start this year? We can help with your CV and interview tips as well as offer advice on how to build up your experience through volunteering and work placements. Find out more about Greenwich Local Labour and Business.

If you’re considering a change of career, have you thought about social care? Social care workers offer invaluable support to our residents during times of need and help improve their lives. We are hiring across the borough, find out more on our careers website.  

  1. Make new friends

With community clubs, volunteering opportunities and many classes to learn a new skill, there are lots of ways to meet new people and make friends in Greenwich.

Find a volunteering opportunity to support the people and causes that matter to you.

From lunch clubs and bingo to quilting and languages, see what clubs are happening at community centres near you.

  1. Curb your carbon footprint 

Reuse and recycle. Ditch your single-use plastics and start using reusable alternatives. Help us keep on making the borough a cleaner and greener place by recycling your waste where you can, tips on what can and can’t be recycled is available on our website.  

  1. Get to know your borough 

From museums and historical buildings to markets and parks – there's plenty on offer to keep you entertained right on your doorstep. Discover something new in Greenwich.

We also have a wealth of small, independent traders in the borough who offer something unique alongside the larger high street chains. Try shopping local this year and see if you can snap up something marvellous.