Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions By Turning On Your TV

The Biggest Loser - Season 14

After all the holiday hustle and bustle comes the time to slow down and reflect on the previous year and look ahead for the New Year. With that, comes setting New Year’s resolutions. If you find yourself struggling to make those changes you promised yourself, just turn on the TV for a little extra inspiration. Here are the shows to help you accomplish some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.

Get in Shape

It seems like everyone resolves that this is the year they’re going to get in shape. If you’re one of them, we’ve got a show for you. Tune into “The Biggest Loser” on NBC for workout and food ideas, as well as the psychological motivators and insight the trainers give their contestants. Just be sure to keep the snacks away while you’re watching and do your crunches while you watch to avoid a couch-potato guilt trip.

Get Organized

I don’t know about you, but every time I watch a show about hoarders, I have to get up and clean the house and I find myself wanting to buy organizational drawers or browse the IKEA catalog. Catch an episode or two of “Hoarding: Buried Alive” and you’ll want to get your house in tip top shape. If you want to play along while watching the show, consider going through some old clothes while you’re sitting in front of the TV to weed out those that need to go. TV is a form of entertainment that begs for multitasking.

Get a New Career

While your TV may not help you get that new job, it serves as a tool to explore your options. Ever considered being a fashion designer, makeup artist, or criminal profiler? Get to know the real people doing these jobs with a little taste of what it’s like on reality shows. While a fashion designer in the real world may never need to create a look from materials found in a children’s day care center like you might see on “Project Runway,” you’ll get an idea of how your tastes in clothing match up with the professionals and the wannabes. Think you might have what it takes to become a criminal profiler or CSI? Try to solve the cases along with the real detectives and criminologists on crime shows. With so many reality shows based on various professions, you can test drive a new career from your couch.

Get Cooking

Are you one of those people who think fine dining means taking your meal out of the microwave tray and putting it on a nice dish? It’s time to learn how to cook, for real. You’ll find loads of inspiration no matter what your style on The Cooking Channel and Food Network. From the spicy southwestern fare of Bobby Flay to the rock ‘n roll Italian of “Bitchin’ Kitchen,” you can find a chef you love and tons of recipes to kiss that microwave goodbye.

What other shows are you checking out to help you stick to your goals for 2014?

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Diana writes about travel and pop culture, and loves the dark underbelly of TV: horror, outlaws and true crime. A few hot guys thrown in the mix doesn't hurt either.

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