Five Easy and Fun New Year’s Resolutions


New Year’s resolutions – you either love them or hate them, but either way, you’ve probably made a few by now. Whether you’ve resolved to save money, save the environment or save your waistline, we’ve got a few tips for how to make those New Year’s promises easier to accomplish in 2014.

1)    Get Fit

After a couple months of holiday baking and eating, almost everyone wants a fitter start to the New Year. Walking or light exercise, for as little as 30 minutes a day, can improve your health and help you lose weight if that’s your goal.

  • Walk around downtown! There’s plenty to see and do.
  • Use Austin B-Cycle. It’s easy to do and you can get from Whole Foods Market or Lady Bird Lake to the Capital – or anywhere in between – in just a few minutes!
  • Start riding the bus a couple of days a week. Transit riders weigh five to nine pounds less than their “driving” peers.

2)    Save Money

More and more people are opting to ditch their cars altogether to save money. Did you know each car you own costs roughly $9,000 a year for financing, maintenance, fuel, and insurance? And most people only use their car an hour or two each day. But fear not:

  • When you still need the convenience of a car but don’t want to own one, you can use car2go and Zipcar. Using car share gives you the ability to drive when you need it without the hassles of keeping a car the rest of the time..
  • For even less money you could use transit for your commute and save $8,000 per year.

3)    Try Something New

If you’re craving a change of routine in the New Year, this is your lucky month! Capital Metro is launching its new MetroRapid service on January 26. The new buses are not only bigger than regular buses, they feature free WiFi and signal priority technology that will have you zipping down some of Austin’s busiest roads each day.

4)    Meet New People

Everyone hates traffic. Why not team up to avoid it, and save money in the process? The folks at Carma have created a smartphone app that helps you arrange a carpool in real time, and My Commute Solutions can also help you find folks to ride with. Or, check out Capital Metro’s MetroRideShare for help organizing a carpool or vanpool.

5)    Save Time

When you ride the commuter rail or take the bus you can do all sorts of things not possible (or advisable) behind the wheel of a car like reading, texting, even catching up on some work. Think of all the novels you can read this year while using transit!


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