With around a fifth of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions coming from road transport, you can help the UK reach net zero by 2050 by leaving your car keys at home and taking a greener (and more scenic) route to work along our towpaths.
Why not start by swapping just one commute a week?
2. Volunteer in a way that works for you
Volunteering is a classic New Year's resolution, but for some, it can be hard to commit to long term.
The good news is, we have a variety of volunteering roles across England and Wales that cater for all schedules, no matter how hectic. The even better news is, they all make a positive impact in some way.
Whether it's through litter picking, creating biodiverse spaces, or educating young minds through our Explorers programme, it's all volunteering work with a purpose.
3. Spend regular time by your local canal
It's really that simple. We've all heard and read the studies. Spending time outside can benefit you both mentally and physically. But did you know that new findings show that spending time specifically by water can boost your wellbeing even further? Don't just take our word for it, read more from TV's Dr Amir Khan.
Make a pledge with yourself to visit your local canal on a regular basis. Whether you choose to stroll along the towpath with friends, perch in a favoured spot for some thinking time and nature watching, or don your trainers for a lunchtime jog, you're bound to feel the benefit.
4. Take up a fun new hobby
If you're keen to get more active in 2022, thoughts of joining a gym or a fitness class may have crossed your mind. And while you may sign up with the best of intentions, how long will you keep it up? 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.
Remember what we said about spending time in the open air being a great wellbeing booster? Combine the great outdoors with some fun activities and you're onto a winner.
With one in eight people not having access to private outside space, canals have been a lifeline for so many during the pandemic.
We are thrilled that they bring such positivity and a boost of wellbeing into people's lives. But, looking after these precious spaces is costly and takes many hands. We need your help to make canals in your area blue, green and better, so that we can bring nature back into our towns and cities and continue to deliver health, happiness and wellbeing to millions of people.