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January 01, 2010

Cape Town 2010 new year resolutions

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Surfing is a hobby worth looking into when considering active new year resolutions. Photo courtesy Steve Crane.

It’s that time again when people start making resolutions to live by in the new year.

Some research using Cape Town Tourism’s Twitter followers has found that most people’s resolutions relate to improving their fitness and health, taking up new hobbies and spending more time with their families.

And of course, it’s 2010 - year of the FIFA Soccer World Cup. Eight matches are being played in Cape Town, in the spectacular new Cape Town Stadium. So your resolutions really ought to include getting into the soccer spirit, whether it’s doing a tour of the stadium, learning the rules, picking a team or two to support, or simply wearing the gear and singing the national anthem.

Cape Town is one of the most fabulous cities in the world to achieve these sorts of resolutions!

We’ve come up with some ideas to help Cape Town’s residents and visitors carry out them out.

Get fitter

There are heaps of healthy activities and organisations helping people to live more healthily in the Mother City.

Cape Town offers a wide range of outdoor sports and adventure activities that you can enjoy while taking in some splendid scenery. 

Hiking is a prominent activity in Cape Town, with Table Mountain National Park being among the most popular options.

Kite surfing requires a lot more effort than most people think, but in the exhilarating setting of Blaauwberg, it’s worth it.

Cape Town is also one of the world’s most beautiful cities to run and cycle in. Why not think about entering arguably the world’s most beautiful ultra-marathon, the 56km Two Oceans, run in April, or the 100km Argus/Pick n Pay Cycle Race?

Find a new hobby

Regardless of your age, there is always something to do in Cape Town and you’re never too old to start.

Given the scenery Cape Town has to offer, photography is a hobby that’s worth looking into, if you haven’t done so already.

Join our Cape Town. Live it. Love it Flickr group and post your pics of landmarks such as Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, The Twelve Apostles, Chapman’s Peak, Camps Bay and Simon’s Town.

If you feel like getting adventurous, try learning to surf at Muizenberg Beach.

Golf is a game you can play for many years to come, so why not check out some of Cape Town’s scenic courses, such as Erinvale Golf Club.

Spend more time with the family

Cape Town has loads of activities that suit the whole family.

A trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium will entertain both young and old, while Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden offers an excellent family environment, particularly in the warm summer months. A day out at the spectacular Cape Point is also a must! Have a look at our section on things to do with your family in Cape Town for more ideas.

Become a soccer fan!

2010 is a momentous year for South Africa and Cape Town, with the FIFA Soccer World Cup being held in June and July – the first time Africa will host the world’s most popular sports event. Try to get tickets for the spectacle, or make sure you catch the action from a fan park. At the very least, learn to blow a vuvuzela, and to do the South African diski dance.

Visit our dedicated 2010 section for everything you need to know relating to soccer and the Mother City.

We would like to wish all Cape Town’s visitors and residents good luck in sticking to their resolutions for 2010.

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