New year, new you?

New year, new you?

Try these fun alternatives to the most daunting New Year's resolutions facing us this month.

1. Break bad, boozy habits
Forget dry January. This month it's all about adding 5-a-day credentials to your favourite tipple. For an alternative Bellini at home, try swapping peach puree for detoxifying apple and carrot juice. If you'd prefer the setting of a glamorous bar, the mixologists at The Botanist in Sloane Square will rustle you up a beetroot-infused rum cocktail in a flash.

2. Exercise, exercise, exercise
January is dreary enough without introducing a treadmill to the mix. So if you want to get fit, 2014 is the year to discover the glorious world of twerking, hula hooping and lindy hopping. Not only do they all promise to get you fit, they'll also equip you with some brand new moves to take to the club.
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3. Learn something new
Have you lumbered yourself with the task of learning a new language? We say, book a city break! It'll give you a tangible goal and something to really look forward to. Eyewitness Travel does a 15-minute language pack that'll have you chatting with the locals in 12 weeks flat. And even if you fail at the language bit, at least you have a jolly weekend in Rome as comfort.

4. Keep a diary
Have you ever noticed how well catalogued January is in diaries? As far as I know, only Bridget Jones keeps a diary past 31st Jan, while the rest of us lose interest. One Line A Day by Chronicle Books could be the answer to diary fatigue, where each day's entry field has been cut down to the length of a Tweet. Easy, right?

5. You are what you eat
If 2014 is giving you lemons, make lemonade. There's more to this glorious fruit than meets the eye. Packed with vitamin C, lemons are great for the immune system, contribute to radiant, blemish-free skin and help fight hunger cravings. All you need do is squeeze the juice of one lemon it into a glass of ice cold water, drink and then let the fruit work its magic.
Organic Lemons, 60p

6. Roll back the years
You don't need a Death Becomes Her potion to reverse the visible signs of ageing. The pros at label.m have created the Therapy Age-Defying range, which uses eight of the most technologically advanced anti-aging ingredients to restore hair to its strong, radiant and youthful self. Make this one small change to your haircare routine and you'll reap the rewards for years to come.
Prices start from £13.95,

  • Words: Georgina Bacchus