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How to stick to your New Year resolutions

11th January 2019

Every year millions of people make New Year resolutions, but very few manage to stick with their resolution and ever reach their goal. What was once a time for religious pledges, offerings and sacrifices, the start of the New Year is now predominantly a time for people to embark on ambitious new fitness regimes and healthy eating promises which all too often don’t make it past the first month.

Research has revealed that one third of resolutions in 2017 had already failed by mid-January and only 9.2% of people felt that they had successfully achieved their goal by the end of the year.

Research set out by Strava revealed that the second Friday in January – which this year is today, Friday 11th January – is when most people are likely to give up on their New Year’s resolutions.

The desire in the present often outweighs potential future benefits, while a lot of people also give up on their resolutions because they haven’t noticed any change or results, which might take a while to show. When we make our pledges, we underestimate future temptations, but temptations don’t have to ruin your New Year resolutions.

Sticking to your resolutions with Sutton Harbour

Whether your resolutions include maintaining a healthier lifestyle or just broadening your mind and discovering something new, there are many places you can go to in Sutton Harbour which can help you stick to your New Year pledge.

Eating healthily

Eating out doesn’t have to be unhealthy: Boston Tea Party is renowned for its scrumptious food with a huge range of vegan dishes and tasty treats, which are often lower in calories and sugars. The BTP motto is ‘healthy not hungry’ so you can fill up and still stay on track if you’re trying to eat clean.

Further along the harbour is one of our newest venues, HonkyTonk Wine Library, which offers a full range of lunch time deli foods all made on site with fresh, local ingredients. Not only is HonkyTonk a stylish new wine lounge, it also has a beautiful view of the harbour to enjoy whilst tucking into a healthy, tasty meal.

Rockfish is the perfect place for some delicious food that will make you feel like you’re having a cheat day when you’re still on plan. Located next to the National Marine Aquarium, Rockfish serves fresh, local seafood which is incredibly healthy as it’s full of omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein and low in fat.

Across the harbour is Suphas Street Food Emporium, which serves delicious dishes with strong Asian influences. With a lovely view of the harbour, Suphas offers an extensive menu with a brilliant vegetarian selection, large and small options, with tastes of Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Keeping to your exercise pledge

Take a walk through the centuries on the Harbour Heritage Trail, a one mile route around the historic waterfront enjoying the best views of Sutton Harbour. On your way around you can learn more about the history of the harbour by using the brass rubbing plates – a fun family activity.

There are some great, easy to manage cycle paths around the harbour and into Plymouth that are perfect for a leisurely tour around the waterfront or a race against time. Cycling is a fun form of exercise and you can enjoy a pit stop and refuel at one of the many cafes along the harbour.

Until March 3rd you can take part in the Polar Bear Explorer trail which spans across the whole of Plymouth’s waterfront.

20 polar bear cubs are spread throughout Plymouth in local businesses, restaurants and cafes, each with their own poster detailing a key fact about the effects of single use plastic in a bid to raise awareness of plastics in the ocean. You can find lots of these cute cubs in locations around Sutton Harbour, including at Daisy’s Tea Rooms and Coffee Shop, HonkyTonk Wine Library, Boston Tea Party and Rockfish.

Completing Dry January

If you’ve opted to take on Dry January this year then Sutton Harbour’s got you covered. Try some of Boston Tea Party’s delicious and healthy smoothies, including fruit or raw veg drinks like Carrot and Turmeric, or one of their shrub drinks.

If you’d rather feel like you’re having alcohol when you’re not, Miller & Carter Steakhouse have a variety of mocktails in house, including elderflower sherbet and virgin mojito.

Learn something new

If your New Year’s resolution focuses on learning something new then there are some spectacular places in Sutton Harbour where you can get to grips with new knowledge and interesting facts.

The Mayflower Museum explores the infamous voyage of the Mayflower in 1620, and brings the tale to life using interactive graphic panels. Located opposite the historic steps, you can see what life was like on board with the Pilgrim Fathers as they sailed to explore the New World.

The National Marine Aquarium has oceans full of interesting facts about life under the sea. Meet new creatures and learn more about our fishy friends and their habitat.

Get creative

Spread your creative wings in and around Sutton Harbour.

Create your own pots, mugs, plates and much more at Clay Art, located on Southside Street. A fun activity for all ages, this ceramic painting studio will allow you to bring your ideas to life and create unique pieces.

Learn how to create your own jewellery at Victoria Stewart by attending workshops throughout the year. Above the gallery, start designing and creating your own one-of-a-kind pieces with professional teaching, no experience required.

Get creative and express yourself through the art of theatre and dance. Barbican Theatre offers workshops for children and adults in a range of styles and disciplines at all levels of experience.

With great places to go to and so much to do in Sutton Harbour, you can still indulge and treat yourself while sticking to your New Year resolutions.