New Year’s Day is traditionally the day for turning over a new leaf, whether you’re building upon your success or putting past defeats behind you. New Year’s resolutions are an international phenomenon, and the only thing more universal than the enthusiasm people have for making them is the fact that we’re completely and utterly rubbish at keeping them.
Back in 2007, Richard Wiseman conducted a New Year’s Resolution experiment that suggested that just 12% of people ever complete their resolutions. Worse still, barely half of them were confident of success in the first place. Here are some familiar fitness favourites that 88% of people will give up on this year, and some advice on how not be among them:
Obviously, JTX are passionate about exercise, but we appreciate how it can be difficult to form habits. If it weren’t for New Year’s Resolutions, Gym memberships would take a significant hit: but how many annual memberships are never used after their first month? Here are typical reasons for quitting:
The Christmas period tests our dietary resolve: we feel obliged to treat ourselves to prevent food wastage, and seasonal treats are at least less habit forming. This leads a lot of us to vow to eat more healthily in the New Year. We can fail because:
Drinking alcohol is almost as much a part of the Christmas period as calorie-heavy meals, so many of us resolve to drink less alcohol, or to cut it out of our lives completely. Nontheless, common reasons for failure include:
The benefits for quitting smoking are well publicised, and if you’re a smoker with fitness objectives, it’s really the first habit you should cut out. Of course that’s easier said than done, and research in the past has suggested that the majority of smokers would like to quit. So why don’t they?
With the odds stacked against you, how do you make sure that you’re part of the 12% that make their fitness New Year's resolutions stick?
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