How Narrowboats Can Help You to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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What are the most popular New Year’s Resolutions? The most common resolutions often revolve around exercise, health and weight loss, saving money and spending more time with family and friends.

At the start of every New Year, many people set new goals but only a few actually go on to achieve these. The secret to achieving your goals is to actually develop an action plan about how you are going to achieve them.


To create an effective New Year’s resolution plan, try using the SMART Goals acronym. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Sensitive. Check your goal against each of these criteria to improve your chances of success. For example, specify how much weight you want to lose, and consider if it is achievable within the time frame you have planned.

For me, to make it realistic I think it also has to be exciting. Making the journey fun and interesting can keep you motivated, particularly at times when you become distracted or discouraged. If you’re someone who loves boats and waterways try these narrowboat-themed suggestions to make this your best year ever.

Fitness Goals

Have you ever begun a January exercise program, only to abandon it by February? Would you like to increase your chances for long term success? The answer could be to combine your fitness practice with time on the waterways, to maintain your enthusiasm! (Before beginning your planned exercise regime check with your doctor that you are healthy enough to start the activity you have decided on.) If you live near a canal you can try walking or jogging. With Fox Narrowboats you can build up your strength by working the locks and mooring up the boat. Here are seven ways to get active on the inland waterways.

Budget Goals

A holiday may be one of your biggest expenses when organising your finances this year, but making time to unwind is important both for improving mental health and maintaining close relationships. New Year is a good time to start planning ahead, to make sure you get the best boating holiday deals for this year. From booking early, to booking on line, here are five ways to save money on your canal boat holiday.

Family Goals

New Year’s Resolutions are so often about what you want to achieve personally; but have you thought about setting goals as a family this year, and agreeing to spend more quality time together?

A narrowboat holiday is a chance to take time out from the stresses of everyday life and focus on time with your loved ones. The easy-going calm of the waterways can very quickly create a different mind-set, for all generations.

From a digital detox to your own private boat party here are five simple ways to bring your family closer together on a narrowboat.

So if you want to get fit, save money and spend time with family check narrowboat availability here, and make this year’s goals specific, measurable and achievable!

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