It's that time of year again. We're on the cusp of change as the calendar year winds down and the new year rolls in. Have you thought about any New Year's resolutions you'd like to make? Now's the time. We've gathered up some New Year's resolutions that are perfectly suited for a beach lifestyle. So whether you live at the beach or just plan to visit the beach this year, these resolutions can easily be kept and maintained while you're here. The beach makes everything better—and that includes your resolutions for the New Year. So give yourself a leg up by spending some time at the beach and kicking your year into high gear with meaningful, positive and productive changes for a better you and a better life. Ready? Check these out.
Getting fit is pretty easy when you have miles of shoreline, crashing Atlantic waves and coastal scenery as far as the eye can see. You'll be so distracted with the beauty all around you that your daily walk, run or bike ride will be the highlight of your day. Then there are all of the other physical activities that go hand-in-hand with the beach lifestyle: surfing, paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, volleyball, yoga and whatever other outdoor activity or sport you love most. The beach is your playground and makes it so easy to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.
At the beach you're surrounded by fresh caught seafood, local produce and regional specialities that make your dining a delight. Choose to shop and buy local, and you'll not only experience the best local flavor but you'll also feel good knowing that you're eating the freshest seasonal offerings all while supporting our area farmers and fishermen. Choose to indulge in coastal cuisine both at your home or your vacation home and when dining out—and you'll experience the unique benefits of beach living (and eating). Eating healthy is easy when you have so many fresh, local options available to you.
If you find yourself spending too many days cooped up indoors or stuck behind your desk, then you definitely want to go outside and get some fresh air more often. It's so good for your body, mind and mood. Living on the coast makes it tempting to get outside every chance you get. You find yourself craving the smell of the salt air, wanting to feel the warmth of the sun on your face and the soft shifting sand between your toes. Whether it's a quick lunchtime escape or the way you start or end your day, getting outside is just what the doctor ordered. You'll find yourself feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for whatever comes your way. Take a few moments every day to slowly and deeply breathe in and breathe out. Get out there and surround yourself with the coastal beauty and natural elements all around you.
Have More Adventures
There's something wildly romantic and alluring about a coastal adventure. Whether you embark on a sunset cruise, sail the wide open waters, explore a deserted barrier island, delve into the storied past and maritime history of a quaint coastal town, or sneak off down a sandy path not knowing where it may lead, you have adventures all around you. It's up to you to pursue them. You'll quickly find that adventure begets adventure. The more you experience, the more new opportunities will arise. What new adventures await you today?
Try Something New
Brush the dust off that bucket list. Do something you've never done before. Push your boundaries and step out of your comfort zone. You're only limited to your imagination when you live on the coast. Have you considered getting your dive certification? Parasailing? Primitive camping on a remote island? Sky diving? Life is short so go ahead and live it to the fullest.
Beach life is the epitome of relaxation. Take your book to the beach and read for a while. Bring your beach towel or blanket and take a nap on the sand. Stroll the shoreline and free your mind. Sit back, sink your toes in the sand and just enjoy the view. Make a complete stop from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and allow yourself to savor the moment. Catch a coastal sunset. Walk hand-in-hand with the one you love. Cherish the here and now before the moment passes.
Right on the heels of relaxing more is the ability and luxury to slow down from the busyness of life. We live an over-scheduled, hectic, always-on-the-go lifestyle most days. The beach is the perfect reminder to bring it down a notch. It's okay to have a few quiet, blissful moments of peace. It's okay to stop and smell the salt air. It's okay to watch the undulating tide as it ebbs and flows. Remember, when you're in Emerald Isle you're on island time.
Do you need a place where you can gather your thoughts, reflect on the past, and plan for the future? Let Emerald Isle, North Carolina help you. Spend some time on our pristine beaches and calming shorelines and see what some fresh ocean air, bright sunshine and sparkling blue skies and waters can do for you.
What New Year's resolutions are you considering? Is more beach part of your New Year? We hope so!