Five New Year resolutions not to make

The internet is full New Year resolution ideas, none of which you’ll keep. So we’ve decided to be a little more helpful and made a list of the resolutions we really don’t think you should make…

Family walking along Macclesfield Canal Family walking along Macclesfield Canal

Join a Gym

Gyms are expensive and while you join with the best of intentions be realistic. It’s just not going to happen. By March you’ll have perfected your excuses for not going, you’ll still be paying for it each month and feeling guilty about the wasted money.

It doesn’t have to be like this. Look to exercise in the open air and you’ll be more likely to stick with a new regime. Come and jog or cycle along one of our waterways and we promise it will never get boring. The scenery changes dramatically through the year and exercise by water is a great way to clear your head and get away from everyday stress.

Running along the Grand Union Canal


Travelling the world is an exciting thing to do but how many of us make travel plans without exploring what’s right on our doorstep?

Most of us travel to see new places, enjoy new experiences and to relax and get away from it all. The great news is that you can do all of this down by your local canal or river. Step onto one of our towpaths and life slows down, you’ll meet new people and you could even spot a kingfisher or a heron.


Taking care of what you eat is a good thing to do but diets that start on 1 January are doomed to fail. We often make the mistake of setting unrealistic goals.

Instead of saying ‘I’m going to lose weight this year’ why don’t you set yourself a target of losing 1lb per week or focussing on your health and giving yourself a target of three brisk walks a week?

Our traffic-free towpaths are the perfect place to get some exercise. Whether you nip out on your lunch break or take to the towpath before you do your weekly shopping, commit to getting some fresh air each week.

Volunteer with the Canal & River Trust

Learn a musical instrument

It’s a very worthy thing to do but are you really going to stick with it or is it just an acoustic version of the gym? You’ll spend money on an instrument and possibly even lessons but are you going to keep up the enthusiasm year-round?

If you want to learn new skills why don’t you consider volunteering? You’ll meet new people and make a real difference to your local community.

See more of your friends and family

This is a fairly catch-all resolution and time spent watching TV doesn’t count. Why don’t you be a little more specific and make a resolution that you want to spend more quality time with your friends and family?

Meet up at your nearest canalside pub and watch the real world travel past. It will leave you far less depressed than watching an episode of Eastenders.

If there are any children in your group take a look at our recommended destinations. You can download spreadsheets of fun family activities and make lasting memories.

Last date edited: 2 December 2019