As we waved goodbye to 2018 many people reflected on the year just gone and what they’d like to achieve moving forward.
The New Year offers us a fresh start and an opportunity to improve ourselves – which is where the age-old tradition of resolutions come in.
A recent study commissioned by Blu found that three-quarters of the nation make resolutions each year – with the average Brit making at least 3.
Have you made a long list of things you’d like to do in 2019? Or have you made one simple promise to yourself you’re dead set on keeping?
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Let’s take a look at the 5 most popular New Year’s resolutions across the UK and how your new Amazon Echo can help you achieve them.
From the 2,000 Brits surveyed in this recent study, 32% said they wanted to go on a diet. Switching ready meals with home-cooked, healthy alternatives is a great way to lose weight and boost your energy levels.
Your Amazon Echo can help you achieve this goal by providing lots of healthy recipe suggestions and how to make them. If you say “What should I cook tonight?” to your Echo, Alexa will start listing off names of dishes you can make.
You can say “learn more” to get the full recipe or say “next” to get another suggestion of what to cook.
26% of people said that getting into shape was part of their New Year plan. If this goal is top of your list, you’ll be happy to hear that your Echo can help.
If you ask Alexa to “start a 7-minute workout”, your Echo will guide you through an entire workout routine.
This workout skill is designed to increase your metabolism and remove fat – so there’s no need for an expensive personal trainer!
According to research, 24% of Brits pledged to spend less time glued to their phone this year. Unfortunately, Alexa doesn’t have a magic skill to stop you from scrolling through social media.
However, the Amazon Echo has lots of other cool features and skills to help you use your time more productively.
Instead of opening your social media app, you could practice meditating with Alexa’s 1-minute mindfulness skill. It offers several different types of meditation to help you practice mindfulness in the most effective way.
To launch the skill, simply say “Alexa, open Mindfulness for a quick meditation”, and she’ll get right to it.
24% of people said that they wanted to save money and work on living more frugally. We can understand why this is a popular resolution as we start to feel the financial effects of Christmas at the start of the New Year.
If you’re on a quest to save money, Alexa has a range of skills to help you keep on top of your spending. If you ask Alexa to “open money saving tips” your Amazon Echo will offer valuable nuggets of money saving information.
Research revealed that 18% of Brits pledged to set more time aside to read books. Losing yourself in a good book is a great way to keep your imagination active and your mind sharp.
However, it’s not always easy finding the time to sit down and read – especially when everyday distractions get in the way.
If you find it difficult to set time aside to read, your Amazon Echo can adapt your resolution to suit your busy lifestyle. Alexa can read or play your Audible books, and all you have to do is ask. You can even ask your Amazon Echo to pause, resume, and go to another chapter.
Pressed for time? Ask Alexa to set a reading timer.
If you have the time to sit down and delve into a good book, but you don’t know where to start, Alexa can offer book suggestions too.