Make a new exercise plan, Fran. Knock back that juice, Bruce. Get a new hobby, Bobby. This January, sort your body (and your life) out with the help of Eddy Frankel’s exhaustive round-up of how to be a better human. Let’s go with the mind.
Join the Casserole Club
What do you do with your leftovers? Chuck ’em? Nuke the bejesus out of them the next day at work? How about doing something better with that spare food by sharing it with someone who could do with a good meal? Casserole Club hooks up lonely, or sometimes just hungry, people with homecooks who have too much food on their hands. Sign up and see if you can make a difference to someone who needs it.
Do a session at the good gym
Working out is about vanity, right? Pumping iron in front of a mirror so that you can have the sort of abs that will have members of the opposite (or same) sex flocking to you like hipsters to a pop-up craft beer bar? Well not at Good Gym, where they combine exercise with doing good for the community. It’s basically an organised group run where you stop to help communities or visit isolated elderly people. Those abs will be made of pure good karma.
Volunteer at the London Wildlife Trust
London is one of the greenest cities in the world, and you can help maintain its verdant beauty by mucking in with the London Wildlife Trust. They offer a variety of volunteer positions, ranging from one-off sessions to helping with educational projects and they’ve got tons of beautiful nature reserves throughout the city, so get trowelling.
Help someone improve their English
Are you a bit of a chatterbox? Well, put that to good use by volunteering with the Helen Bamber Foundation and talking to survivors of human rights violations to help them improve their English. It means you get to tongue-wag like there’s no tomorrow, and someone else gets help with their language skills.
Start cycling to work
Cycling to work is an easy way to get fit, save money and – most importantly – be a total ecological good guy. Once you get over the whole showing up to work doused either in sweat or rain, your bank balance will be considerably healthier, and so will the world. You can’t argue with that. If you feel shaky on two wheels, TfL organise cycle training for adults.
Five more to try
● Give your unwanted household items to the London Re-Use Network.
● Give up your time to help out at the Museum of London.
● Become a mentor for Arts Emergency who help young people find work in the cultural sector.
● Offer your book, film or music expertise to Oxfam and help in one of their specialist charity shops.
● Volunteer for environmental and educational projects at one of London’s beautiful Royal Parks.