what’s your resolution?
we always make them, never keep them, but we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to new year’s resolutions. Lendl ryan reveals the most popular
I t’s that time of year again — to look back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. New Year’s Eve means it’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.
Savvy took a look at the top 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions. 1. Spend more time with family and friends Polls conducted throughout this time of the year show that more than 50% of Australians vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends. 2. Fit in fitness Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. 3. Tame the bulge More than 3 million Australians are obese, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Australians who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds. 4. Quit smoking With the over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement drugs, more people this year than ever before will resolve to make this the year they stamp out their smoking habit. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try four times before they quit for good. 5. Enjoy life more Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Australian workers, it is no wonder that ‘enjoying life more’ has become a popular resolution in recent years. 6. Quit drinking While many will use the festive period to down as many cold ones as humanly possible, there will be just as many out there who use the New Year as an incentive to finally put a stop to their drinking. Unfortunately most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Research shows many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. 7. Get out of debt Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the club of those who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead. 8. Learn something new Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest New Year’s resolutions to keep and the most motivating. 9. Help others A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many non-profit volunteer organisations that could really use your help. 10. Get organised On just about every New Year’s resolution top 10 list, getting organised can be a very achievable goal. Whether you want your home organised enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organised enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, it is the perfect time to get started on the way to a more organised life.