Happy new year! As you struggle to remember it’s now 2015 every time you write down the date, comes the annual health-fitness whim(s): joining the gym, eating more healthily or the more temporary but equally dreaded “Dry January”.
Some of us are lucky enough to be renting with health-freak housemates, who live and breath zumba, drink nothing but smoothies and have no shame in sharing every single fitness achievement on Facebook (no matter how small or pathetic). But for others who live with err.. less active flatmates, trying to be healthy can be a constant battle.
Below we’ve come up with some glorious and joyful tips and tricks to help you avoid temptation, and even gain support from your flatmates on your 2015 new year health kick:
1. Brainwash your flatmates
Talk your flatmate into joining you on your health / fitness / non-alcohol mission, as always: a problems shared is a problem halved.
2. Do exercise you actually enjoy
Running can be so boring and the gym is expensive, there are loads of other alternatives, use meetup to find exciting fitness activities for you and your flatmate in your area.
3. When the going gets tough – run / hide
Make yourself scarce when any truly testing times come up: housemate planning a house party or flatmate throwing a burger eating competition? Best make alternative plans / hide in your room.
4. Measure your winnings
Remind yourself (and others in your flatshare) of how much money and calories you’re saving by not indulging in so much alcohol, using Cancer Research UK’s nifty Dryathlon calculator.
5. Become a health food nerd
Get in the know of the hippest food trends of 2015: apparently we’ll be eating lots of freekeh, bone broth and bee pollen (it might even help you and your houseshare in the next pub quiz outing).
6. Drive a car
Be the designated driver: this way the law will be on your side and your housemates will love you more (only works if you can drive / have a car mind).
7. Replace with a lesser evil
Replace unhealthiness with alternative sources of happiness you can share with your flatmates:
- Free Netflix 30 day trial membership
- Become a masterchef using Ocado’s £20 off voucher
- Learn the art of non alcoholic mocktail making
8. Turn your flat into the Priory
Get your housemates to hide / lock up your booze or other unhealthy consumables, to rid yourself of any temptation.
9. Make exercise a game
Never take the easy option but turn it into a competition: race your housemates up the stairs while they take the escalator, walk don’t bus etc…