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2018 New Year Resolution in Review: Being More Eco-Friendly

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Yes, I am one of those people that make New Year resolutions. Nothing too unrealistic, such as ‘I will become a millionaire by March’, but I like to set myself challenges and goals to strive towards throughout the year. Of course, 2018 was no different.

This year, after watching Blue Planet and growing increasingly frustrated at the amount of rubbish I kept finding when hiking around the UK, I decided to make a change. I would break several bad habits to be more eco-friendly and reduce the amount of waste I was producing each day.

In all honesty, it seems convenience and waste go hand-in-hand, and forcing myself to practice more organisation and time management in my own schedule helped me reached my resolution to be more eco-friendly. The past year taught me it was habit more than anything else that prevented me from making most of the changes, and actually after making them I found other improvements in my life were made, such as stressing less about money that was usually wasted on takeaway coffee and snacks.

So guys and gals, listed below are the biggest changes (for me anyway) I made for 2018 in my goal to be more eco-friendly:

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Country Walking Magazine’s #Walk1000Miles Challenge

 

The advent of the New Year rings in the usual renewal of promises including sticking to diets, maintaining a fitness regime, #newyearnewme, etc. To help everyone stick with their resolutions, Country Walking magazine have launched their latest campaign, #Walk1000Miles, which aims to get everyone walking 1000 miles in 2016.

As Country Walking magazine reminds us, 1000 miles a year breaks down to walking just 2.74 miles a day, something that can easily be done in an hour or incorporated into your daily routine, such as walking to the station. It’s cheaper than paying for the gym, and it gives walkers the opportunity to explore more of the country (quite handy for those who resolved to travel more in 2016!). Not to mention, walking regularly reduces the risk of depression, obesity, diabetes and heart disease too!

With the New Year also ringing in alcohol-induced headaches and troubled stomachs, we decided to make a head start on the 1000 goal and herald the new year with a brisk country walk up a hill fort.

By brisk, we mean deluges of rain and gale force wind, with a sprinkling of hail on the summit. Despite the weather, it did its job and by the time we reached the top all signs of hangovers were gone, just in time for some failed attempts at jumping #summitselfie shots.

If you’re interested, head to Country Walking magazine’s website now and sign up, or buy their most recent issue. If you need a little more motivation, there’s also a Facebook group to help all entrants motivate one another throughout the year!

 

 

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