Resolve Yourself to the New Year

"I love New Year’s resolutions!" said no one ever. Admit it: The only thing worse than ruminating over the past year, determining what needs to change in the coming months, and pretending you're going to stick to your guns is answering fellow NYE party-goers when asked what you will do differently in the coming year. Only a masochist likes to admit they were out of line before and torture themselves for the next 365 days in a traditionally punitive response to said actions. And yet many of us lay claims for future endeavors, whether or not we see it through (past January 2).

But did you know that some people actually (gasp) like New Year's resolutions and look forward to enacting them? You can be that person, too. Promise. It comes down to content and commitment, and it's not as painful as it seems. First, you need to pick a realistic goal. You are a busy human! You work, you relationship, you take care of your home and loved ones and hopefully your self, maybe even a hobby or two-- there's not much time for anything else in your life. There are only so many hours in a day! So start small.

The Latest Fitness Craze: Ballet Bar Method

Ever since last years’ hit film Black Swan proved to the masses that dance-inspired fitness regimes could re-shape bodies, a slew of ballet-based workouts have hit the market. Cardio Barre, Tracey Anderson Method and barre3 all come to mind, along with numeroous less successful competitors. The originator of the dancer workout, however, is The Bar Method.

The Bar Method was started in the 1970’s in San Francisco by former ballerina Lotte Burr. Combining isometrics, ballet, pilates and light weight work the workout is a low impact way to reshape muscle groups and improve flexibility. Bar Method studios have begun to spring up all over the country, but at $250 a month, keeping your tush in perfect shape can get expensive. Luckily, Bar Method offers a series of DVD’s
for busy, long-distance, or financially strapped potential students. At just $20 on The Bar Method website, you can keep your wallet and your thighs happy.

DIY: Raspberry Sugar Body Scrub

One of the most popular New Year's Resolutions is always "to get/stay/be more healthy". At Glam Damn It, we count ourselves among the masses that believe 2012 is going to be our greatest year yet. Not quite two weeks into the New Year and yes, we're keeping up with trying to get to the gym more. And yes, we're watching what we eat and trying to get the recommended average of eight hours of sleep per night. But between jobs and dates and girls' nights, sometimes those things are easier said than done. One way to make sure you always look and feel your healthiest is to start a new skincare regimen. When your skin feels vibrant, you feel so much healthier and more motivated to keep up with those other not-so-simple resolutions.

App-y New Year!

New year, new you, right? Every January, millions of people pledge to take on a challenge to better themselves. But according to the online Goal Setting Guide, 20% of people drop their resolutions after the first month and by July it's estimated that over half of the remaining resolution-keepers give up. Often times it's easier to keep a resolution when you have someone, or something, to hold you accountable. Try out some of these highly recommended apps to keep you on track all year long.

New Year’s Resolutions

January 1st is just around the corner and that means it’s time to make your New Year’s resolution. Statistics show that about 50% of Americans make at least one New Year’s resolution and about half of those that do make them keep them for at least 6 months. What are the top New Year’s resolutions? Exercise/weight loss, quitting smoking, money management/debt reduction. It’s easy to make a New Year’s resolution, but how can we keep it throughout 2011? Experts agree that setting yourself a realistic and specific goal increases your chances of sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Good luck!

Bien Dans Sa Peau

One of the first things that DJ Erick La Peau said to me when I met him (and I almost missed it) was "I'm very soft-spoken." While the duration of our conversation certainly confirmed this, La Peau's message is loud and clear: "I want to take the world by storm," he says. And by the looks of things, he's well on his way. La Peau has all the discipline, wisdom, and (of course) talent to accomplish everything he intends to. P. Diddy himself requested DJ La Peau to spin at his 29th birthday party, and La Peau played for Prince at the Benefit Life Concert he hosted. Not too shabby at all. Best yet, even though La Peau is routinely recruited to play for the hottest celebrities worldwide, he's a normal guy and watches lame TV shows just like the rest of us. "I've been DVR-ing shows a lot recently," he says, "like Vampire Dairies and For The Love Of Ray J. I'm hooked."

New Years Resolutions in New York

New Years Resolutions, always high hopes and low success rates. This year why not choose an achievable resolution and take positive steps toward achieving that goal.

Each year New Yorkers take on lofty resolutions that are too much for any one person to achieve. By January 15th the diet has failed, you haven’t ran in a week, and you just smoked a cigarette. Rather than try and take on all of these resolutions, why not focus on one? All too often someone makes a resolution to “get healthy” well getting healthy may involve several steps, for now just choose one whether it be eating well, working out, or quitting smoking.