New Year Resolutions
A Happy New Year to all of our regular readers!
As this is the traditional time of year for people to make New Year Resolutions I thought it would be interesting to find out what are the 10 most popular ones.
It will be no surprise to find that staying fit and healthy and losing weight are the top two New Year Resolutions.
TOP 10 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
Stay fit and healthy 37%
Lose weight 32%
Enjoy life to the fullest 28%
Spend less, save more 25%
Spend more time with family and friends 19%
Get organised 18%
Will not make any resolutions 16%
Learn something new/new hobby 14%
Travel more 14%
Read more 12%
– Source: Nielsen
Sadly in spite of our good intentions each year it has been calculated that just 8% of people stick to their New Year Resolutions! I was surprised to read this statistic because I expected it to be much lower!
Interestingly it is clear that people do know what’s best for them so why is it so difficult for them to stick to their resolutions? Well sadly it is because most people lack the self-discipline, mindset and determination to carry through with them.
Our lives have become increasingly sedentary or inactive. I call it the box culture. You go to work in a box (a vehicle), you sit in front of a box at work (your computer), you go home in a box then you sit in front of a box (TV or computer) at home. Then when you eventually die you are put in yet another box (a coffin)!
Just sitting down is incredibly unhealthy for you. It is important to stand at least once every hour. The more activities you can do from a standing position the better. Exercise is absolutely vital especially aerobic exercise. Exercise aerobically for at least 20 minutes 3 times a week and not only will you lose weight but you will feel more energetic and happy. The endorphins produced are nature’s free drugs! As a bonus this level of exercise reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease by 60%! You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete either. A brisk walk for at least 20 minutes 3 times a week is all it takes. Obviously the more exercise the better.
As for weight loss I would recommend reading “I can make you thin” by Paul McKenna. In this book Paul gives 4 tips for weight loss.
- Eat when you are hungry.
- Stop eating when you are full.
- Eat slowly.
- Eat what you like.
It’s a very simple, easy and quick read and most importantly it works!
The third most popular New Year Resolution, Live Life To The Fullest, is of course a no brainer. You’ve only got one life so make the very most of it.
As for the fourth resolution Spend Less, Save More we can help you with that! So why not contact us for a financial review and let us show you how to keep at least one of your New Year Resolutions!