New Year’s Resolutions to Make in 2018

We’re fast approaching a brand new year: the big TWENTY-EIGHTEEN!


The new year is the perfect time for self-improvement, or putting it another way, time to sort your life out.


Year after year people across the UK pledge to attend the gym every morning, after entering January with a belly full of cheese and crackers from Christmas. And often, life just gets in the way. But not this year, this is YOUR year for success.


Whether your goals for 2018 are to learn a new skill, save money or to get yourself out there more, you can accomplish it all in Greater Manchester.


So grab your System One Travelcard and get yourself to our recommended destinations for fitness, fun and frugality: 2018 is going to be a good one.



Eat Well

We’re all perfectly aware that fad diets are often a flop, but with a helping hand from eating places in Greater Manchester, you’ll be healthier than ever in 2018. Manchester is home to many healthy restaurants and takeaways that serve up dishes that are as good for you as they are delicious. Shifting that Christmas weight needn’t mean you’ll be consuming kale all day, everyday come January either…


Kettlebell Kitchen, on Great Ancoats Street, is the city’s first healthy fast food joint. They serve fresh, all-natural foods packed with nutrients to satisfy your fast food cravings without derailing your diet. Grab a high-protein, low-carb meal on the go with a range of pizzas, burgers and the famous customisable Kettlebox to choose from.


January just got that bit tastier.


Get Into Shape… In A Fun Way!

With your new year healthy eating sorted, getting moving may be another resolution you wish to take up in January. We all know the post-Christmas slump much too well: your jeans are a little too tight, and the festive treats are all but gone.



But there are more ways to get into shape in the new year than just slaving away in the gym at 6am before work every day of the week. Manchester has loads of activities designed to get you moving that are lots more fun than 30 minutes on the StairMaster.


Jump Nation in Manchester is all of your childhood dreams come true. It’s a huge, indoor trampoline park that provides great exercise for people of all ages, shapes and physical abilities. It’s a workout of high flying fun!


Learn A Foreign Language

Impress your friends on your next travels abroad by revealing a hidden flair for a foreign language. Whether French, Spanish, Italian or Japanese takes your fancy, a second language is not only useful but it also exercises the brain and looks great on your CV!


In Manchester, there’s loads of places to learn a foreign language. Get yourself enrolled on a 10-week course at Cactus, the “leading provider of evening language courses in the UK” which has a site based in Manchester. You’ll cover a wide range of topics to get to know your chosen language in depth, and with a two-hour session per week, the course will fit around even the busiest of schedules.


Not only is it a brilliant, interactive way of learning a foreign language, it’s also a great way of making some new friends and getting yourself out there. It’s a gift (or resolution) that keeps on giving!



Have A 2018 Makeover

New year, new you. Although it’s a bit of a cliché, a new year is a great opportunity to change up your style and bring a breath of fresh air into your wardrobe. Luckily, as a city renowned for its diversity and fashion, Greater Manchester houses the best shopping centres to allow you to express your style in the new year.


Head over to the famous Manchester Arndale to splash out on the latest fashions to sport in 2018. With all the biggest names in high street fashion such as Topshop, River Island and Fossil, you’ll certainly be able to reinvent your style at the Arndale.


If you’ve set your budget a little higher though, plan a trip to The Avenue in Spinningfields for luxury shopping with the likes of Mulberry, Emporio Armani and Oliver Sweeney to choose from. So if you’re looking to make a luxury purchase with your Christmas money, The Avenue is the place to go.



Save, Save, Save

Right after Christmas, your bank balance may be less than impressed with the amount of gifts and festive food you’ve splashed out on in the month of December. So, you may be planning to save some money in 2018. With so much to do for free in Manchester, it shouldn’t be hard to fill your piggy bank back up…


For an afternoon of great culture, head down to the Manchester Art Gallery to absorb the incredible art on display, with events, exhibitions and lots to learn. Your bank account will be happy to hear that entry to the Manchester Art Gallery is free, however donations are always welcome. So you can do something a little bit different and keep a few extra pennies in your back pocket.


Here’s a bonus resolution for you: if you haven’t already, make sure you grab a System One Travelcard to get around Greater Manchester in 2018, and help you save a little to enjoy a lot.


Plan your journey now to reach each of these destinations to fulfil your new year’s resolutions come January.

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