Jan 11

Now that we are more than a week into 2011, with the feeling of festive overindulgence fading and life starting to get back into a routine, how are you doing at sticking to those New Year resolutions? Have you fallen back into bad habits already? Need a little encouragement? Then look no further than ARKive for some New Year inspiration……

Get fit

Although most might think the cheetah is the perfect role model for a fitness overhaul, my favourite has to be the pronghorn, the fastest land mammal in the Americas. They combine speed and stamina and can cruise comfortably at a slick speed of 70kph for several kilometres at a time.

Pronghorn photo

Find love

­Looking for love in 2011? You could do a lot worse than follow the example of the bald eagle. These amazing birds of prey mate for life, but keep things spicy by performing death-defying stunts, diving and spinning towards the ground, only to pull up at the last possible moment – who said long term relationships can’t be exciting?!

Bald eagle photo

Give up a bad habit

The New Year is the right time to start afresh and give up any bad habits you may have picked up in the last year. Perhaps the blue monkey could follow your example?

Blue monkey photo

Finish off the DIY

Time to finish that bit of home improvement you have been putting off for the last 6 months! Hornets make beautiful and elaborate nests from chewed wood pulp alone… just think what you could do with a lick of paint!

Hornet photo

Use more public transport

The Andean hillstar is more like a bus (or perhaps a helicopter?) than you might think. The commuters here are tiny mites that hitch a lift between flowers as the hummingbird feeds on the nectar within!

Andean hillstar photo

So that’s our breakdown of the best animal-inspired New Year’s resolutions. Feeling motivated now? Let us know what resolutions you’ve made or if you have any other suggestions, tell us about them in the comment section below, we’d love to hear them!  

Good luck and best wishes for 2011 from the ARKive team! 

Charlie Whittaker, ARKive Media Researcher