It’s that time of the year once again… and once again it’s time to shout to the world all the great things we are going to achieve over the next 12 months.  And top of that list this year is that we are really going to stick to our new year’s fitness resolutions..right?




Yeah….. right…….

So here’s a list of the 8 top fitness resolutions people are making for 2017  (Scientifically taken by surveying friends, family and fellow gym-goers!)

New Year's Fitness Resolutions

Top New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

1 – Lose ‘X’ kilos by going on a diet

This is perennially the #1 most popular New Year’s resolution made year after year. A specific number of kilos is usually the goal, or reaching a particular weight. Since being overweight and obese lead to many other chronic, debilitating and even deadly health conditions, losing a significant amount of weight can start you down the path to overall mental and physical health.

2 – Exercise more regularly

Right behind dieting for weight loss as a New Year’s resolution is the self-promise to work out and exercise regularly. Health clubs, spas and gymnasiums can make as much as 20% to 30% of their entire annual revenue in January and February alone. This is because of the popularity of a New Year’s resolution to create and stick to an exercise program.

Unfortunately, by March of most years you don’t have a problem using a particular piece of fitness equipment at your local health club, since 70% of all the exercise resolutions made every year have failed by then.

3 – Stop smoking

“I am going to stop smoking once and for all in the new year.”

This New Year’s resolution is always popular. In 2010, The Tobacco Atlas reported that the top 6 tobacco companies earned $35 billion dollars, meaning that most of the “stop smoking” resolutions go up in smoke.

4 – Walk 10,000 steps every day

Walking 10,000 steps a day has become a cultural phenomenon in many modern nations. The origins of that exact figure being optimal for overall health and wellness are murky at best. However, the fact that 10,000 steps means you have walked approximately 5 miles will certainly do wonders for your respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and will probably boost some significant weight loss over time.  Another popular resolution… just look at all the FitBits that make into Christmas stockings.

5 – Resolve to save money this year

Save money and your health will be affected positively. Financial issues are the number one leading cause of divorce. Whether you are single or in a relationship, worrying about money on a regular basis causes incredible stress and strain, on your mind and your body. Your health can improve dramatically when you reduce, or totally eliminate, the financial problems in your life.

6 – Keep in touch or reconnect with friends, family and loved ones

Your physical and mental fitness levels are connected. You can’t be totally healthy in mind until you are physically fit, and the opposite is true as well. Poor mental health leads to the release of hormones which cause inflammation, stress, illness, and a weakened immune system.

A 2010 study published in the PLoS Medicine Journal shows that poor social bonds and few significant interpersonal relationships can cause as much damage to your health as smoking and alcohol abuse, and more harm than obesity combined with a lack of exercise.

7 – Volunteer and help those less fortunate than you

Volunteering can boost your health and well-being significantly. When you help others you feel good about yourself and the world you live in. This creates lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. These healthy emotions also raise levels of dopamine and other “feel good” chemicals in your brain.

Dr. Peter Kanaris is the Coordinator of Public Education for the New York State Psychological Association. He points to research that shows “… people with positive emotions are about 20% less likely than their gloomier peers to have a heart attack or develop heart disease.”

8 – Cut back on your alcohol and caffeine intake

Too much caffeine or alcohol can negatively affect how your brain works. Alcohol addiction can lead to a scary list of negative health conditions and financial problems, damage relationships, and cause poor self-esteem. High caffeine levels are associated with heart problems, and can lead to a lack of focus and poor job performance. Have an honest conversation with yourself, and see if cutting back on caffeine and alcohol should be in your list of new year’s fitness resolutions.

 

How do you stick to a resolution when you have not in the past?

You have to set yourself up for success. Purge unhealthy food from your kitchen and pantry. Ditch the cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine or other resolution breaking triggers in your home, vehicle and at work. Start small and build your effort gradually. Keep a journal where you record your progress, successes and failures.

Set challenging but achievable goals. If you stumble and fall along the way, get up, brush yourself off, and start again. Recognize and reward small, short-term victories, and find a resolution partner. These are proven behaviors and strategies that dramatically improve the chances that you will stick to your health and wellness resolutions.

 

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