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Published on January 3rd, 2017 | by voxx

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2017: What’s your New Year’s resolution?

“New year, new me” – that’s usually January’s motto.

We all say it and we all come up with various things we want to change about ourselves; our finances, our lifestyles, our connections or our careers in the new year. But how many people actually stick to them?

A new year’s resolution is a tradition which has originated from many different religions. The Romans created their New Year’s resolutions as they began each year by making promises to the god Janus, who the month of January is named after.

Some popular resolutions include becoming more Eco-friendly, donating to the poor, making new friends, quitting smoking or drinking alcohol, getting rid of bad habits such as biting your nails or creating a healthier lifestyle by eating better or exercising more.

In 2015, more people set a health and fitness goal than any other resolution for that year. It is clear that during 2016, many people were focused on improving their weight and fitness like never before, with fitness trackers also being the number one trend of the year.

Any health related goal such as losing weight, gaining more muscle, eating healthier or eating less all require lots of determination and motivation. The main thing is to stay focused and remind yourself why you want to achieve this goal. Is it to feel more confident? Improve your fitness? Or just to look good? Whatever the reason, don’t slip up by eating the odd take away or missing a gym session because you can’t be bothered. Push yourself, that’s the only way you’re going to achieve.

In a recent study, it was said that 2 in 3 people fail their New Year’s resolutions. Most people fail to complete their resolutions because they set unrealistic goals, they don’t keep track of their progress and some just completely forget about it or give up. But don’t let that put you off; if you really want to achieve something, you can do it – if you just put your mind to it and read the advice below.

Tips on how to stick to your New Year’s resolution:

  • Physically write down your resolutions, they’re no use to you just in your own head.
  • Make sure you can see them every day to remind you.
  • Don’t just pick an obvious, common resolution – pick one that relates to you and what you really want to achieve.
  • If its weight loss related, create a food diet plan and a workout diary and track your weight progress.
  • Set individual aims to work towards rather than just one big end goal.
  • Keep reviewing your progress at each stage.
  • Think positively, only you can make the changes that you want to see in your life so think with a positive mindset.
  • Celebrate. When you’ve met a resolution or are nearly there, give yourself a reward.
  • Then you will know how good it feels to achieve your goal which will hopefully make you want to set more goals for yourself in the future.

- By Phoebe Jobling

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