New Year resolutions worth keeping

View of the Giant's Causeway

You can make a fresh start any time, but a new year offers the ideal time. If you’re making a New Year's resolution to get active, be healthy, see more places or meet more people, joining the National Trust can help. Discover the ways in which being a member or a volunteer can help you achieve the most popular new year resolutions in simple ways.

1. Get fit

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, 'getting fit' tops the list. After a relaxing and indulgent Christmas, it can be tough to go 'cold turkey'. Make your fitness goal manageable by making it achievable. If you’re beginning a fitness journey, start with a short walk. If you like to walk, run, cycle or hike, then do it more often. It may be hard to go outside on cold, grey January days but that’s when we need our daily dose of nature more - even 15 minutes will leave you more energised and refreshed. With a National Trust membership, getting active in beautiful spaces will help motivate your movement. Catching sight of picture-perfect views and local wildlife will make your time outdoors fly by. From a daily ramble with the dog to a hiking adventure, the company and challenge can suit all interests and abilities.

2. Eat healthy

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is good for body and mind. Growing fresh produce helps you learn new skills while producing healthy organic food for your table. 2020 showed us the benefits of being sustainable. If you’d like to begin the journey to reducing your food miles, enquire about taking a plot at one of our allotments to grow your own fruit, veg and flowers all year round. Pick up some green-fingered tips by chatting to our expert gardeners on your next seasonal walk at Rowallane Garden, Mount Stewart and Florence Court.

3. See more places

Disconnect to reconnect by switching off your devices and enjoying more time outdoors. You’re never too old to jump in the waves or feel proud of a mountain climb. Set yourself a goal to go on an adventure at least once a month. Looking after 108 miles of coastline and 46 square miles of countryside, we have the famous attractions and hidden gems to create magic memories in every season. Make your visit extra special by booking a holiday in our quaint cottages and glamping pods. Whether you fancy a romantic break for two, an adventure holiday or a family camping experience, we offer a range of unique and unusual holiday accommodation to make it memorable.

4. Meet more people

Want to meet more like-minded people in your locality? Volunteer at a National Trust property near you. If you have a few hours to spare, you can make a real difference by volunteering with the National Trust. Roles vary from house guides to rangers so you can learn new skills or refresh old ones. Our property teams recruit  directly so contact your local property to find out about the variety of volunteering opportunities which they may have on offer throughout the year. The National Trust is a registered charity, so by volunteering you are supporting our cause to protect special places, for ever, for everyone.

5. Spend less while giving back

If your wallet is lighter than your waistline in January, make a saving with a National Trust membership and enjoy free access to our places. With great family options, you’ll be investing wisely in your year ahead. The National Trust is a registered charity, so every time you join, visit, donate and volunteer, you are supporting our cause to protect special places, for ever, for everyone. Become a member on your next visit and your local property will directly benefit from your subscription. Every time you visit and scan your membership card, that property receives a credit that goes towards the upkeep of the property.


Hugh Armytage Moore

New Year resolutions we can inspire

If the January blues has hit you this year, join us at National Trust Belfast. We have put together some ideas to get your 2020 off to a great start.