If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution this year, chances are that by now you’re either riding a wave of enthusiasm (“Second swim of the year is in the record book!” a friend Facebooked triumphantly Jan. 2) or suffering spasms of guilt. More than half of those who make resolutions will break them in the first six months, according to a 2002 University of Scranton study. But fear not, Vegasites—that still leaves 46 percent of us. Be part of the winning team with these local tips, courtesy of Vegas Seven staffers.
If your resolution is…
1. Get Fit
Find something—anything—you have fun doing and you’re more likely to stick with it. The most comprehensive portal for finding local workouts is Active.com, where you can enter your zip code to get info on nearby marathons, mob events, tennis courts, yoga workshops… even campsites and hunting permits. For a list of area trails (for modes of transportation as diverse as horse and skateboard, bike and skis), visit OutsideLasVegas.org. –Heidi Kyser
2. Give Back
Among Las Vegas’ many deserving charities, two stand out for their focus on children and the arts. Put your creative skills to good use as a volunteer at LV ARTreach, which uses art to help the kids of downtown’s Naked City neighborhood, or Girls Rock, which puts musical instruments in girls’ hands and encourages them to create. Not an artist or musician? Both groups also need financial donations and administrative support. –Geoff Carter
3. Go Green
Whether it’s conserving energy, recycling or using fewer petroleum-based products, most people have some kind of eco-conscious goal these days. In Southern Nevada, there are myriad ways to waste less, but with the Department of the Interior recently telling us our Colorado River supply could run out in 60 years, the most important thing Las Vegans can save right now is water. At 90by20.org, you can find out how much you’re using, sign a pledge to reduce that number and learn how to go about it. –HK
4. Get to Know Your Neighbors
People say it’s hard to put down roots in Las Vegas. “It’s a transient town!” Right. That must be the problem: Those pesky newcomers who actually want to meet people. Instead of blaming the city’s character, let’s all resolve to take a look at ourselves in the rearview next time we roll the SUV into the garage. Park on the driveway instead—or even the street! Get out. Look around. Wave. “What do you have do lose?” as my favorite group, the Waterboys, once sang. “Somebody might wave back. –Greg Blake Miller
5. Support Your Local Teams
There’s more to UNLV athletics than the Thomas & Mack. Head out to Earl E. Wilson Stadium to watch the Hustlin’ Rebels baseball team. It’s idyllic out there on a blue-sky afternoon, with the Strip visible just beyond the left-field fence. And Coach Tim Chambers has the team loaded with top-quality recruits, many of them former local high school stars. The home opener is February 15, and games continue through May. Best of all, tickets are only $8 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free.—GBM
6. Save Money
With snow season already in full swing, you can stock up on next year’s winter gear now at discount prices. Locally-owned McGhie’s Ski, Bike and Board is offering 20 percent off 2013 men’s and women’s ski and snowboard jackets at their stores on South Fort Apache and in Blue Diamond. Now, if only they could do something about those lift tickets. –GBM
What’s your New Year’s resolution? Tell us in the comments section below.