Majority of New Year's Resolutions This Year Will Focus on Healthier Diets
concerns about the ability to follow through on New Year's resolutions,
people are not giving up hope, resolving to lead healthier lives in a
number of areas — some for the first time, according to an
exclusive online "Healthy Commitment Poll" by Wellness Junction.
More than 86
percent of those responding to the poll said they planned to make a
resolution this year, compared with the 13.6 percent of individuals who
have no intention of making such a commitment. Moreover, of the
individuals who indicated they are not making a resolution this year,
two-thirds said they "never make a resolution," but intend to focus on
an area of healthy living anyway.
indicative of the growing emphasis on wellness and health promotion,
more than one-third of those responding to the online survey said their
efforts this year mark the first time they have made a New Year's
popular area of focus, respondents indicated, is diet and nutrition;
nearly seven out of 10 (68.4 percent) respondents making a resolution
this year plan to focus on this area, Wellness Junction found. The next
most popular resolution concerned fitness and exercise, cited as a
focus by more than a quarter (26.3 percent) of those making resolutions
resolutions, according to Wellness Junction, included those focusing on
weight control, stress management, time management, smoking cessation,
marriage and spiritual life. Each of those areas was cited by just over
5 percent of the respondents as an area in which they'd be focusing
to polling site users about their New Year's resolution plans, Wellness
Junction asked respondents to identify any strategies for helping keep
those resolutions. The responses were varied, Wellness Junction noted,
with focuses on goal-setting, short-term emphasis, perseverance and
keeping things simple.
"I am looking
for some good ones myself," one respondent admitted. "All I can say is,
you must plan the work and work the plan. I need to be the first one to
heed my own advice."
specific goals and having an accountability partner work well for
another respondent. Also in the area of goal-setting, respondents cited
such strategies as a focus on three-month short-term goal-setting, with
self-rewards; having a goal to work toward such as fund raising treks;
and being very specific (for example, one respondent planned to focus
on a goal of running a marathon in a year).
simple and realistic and share them with [your] spouse," added another
respondent. "And, tie them to something much bigger than yourself
— the health of your entire family of work area."
Other strategies cited include:
Eat only healthy foods.
Keep an exercise and diet diary. Schedule quarterly evaluations/check-ups.
Participate in contests conducted at the worksite.
Focus more on the health benefits of diet and exercise, rather than the weight loss and aesthetic benefits.
"Watch what I eat and exercise regularly at least three to four times a week."
respondent is looking to a little outside help as well, taking dance
and stretch classes at school — "and I bought a new steamer for
instance, timing was considered as a factor for a respondent who said
resolutions about fitness and exercise don't usually last too long:
"[I] think this year I will aim at a program for fitness in place by
Jan. 15 — the first week of January has too much competition for
the time; early failure is discouraging."
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