As a New Year beckons, it’s that time again where many of us turn to making resolutions. Although your list of goals for the year ahead can include anything specific to your circumstances, a large proportion of people make losing weight their New Year’s resolution priority.
In fact, a recent poll discovered that when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, the top aim for 38% of people is to exercise more. Not far behind this, in second place, is to lose weight, for 33% of people. A third of people surveyed also want to eat more healthily in the year ahead.
With the top three most popular New Year’s resolutions centred around getting fit and losing weight, it’s interesting to see just how many people actually stick with these aims.
Sticking to your resolutions
Further research has concluded that despite many of us making New Year’s resolutions, alarmingly, only 8% of us actually sticks to them. Around 80% of people will fail with their resolutions after just six weeks. This begs the question – why are New Year’s resolutions just so hard to achieve?
Part of the problem is that many of the goals that people set for the year ahead are simply not realistic or achievable. Studies have found that one-in-five resolution setters admit to making goals that are far too ambitious.
To help keep your resolutions on track, it’s important to set goals that won’t be too far out of your reach. Experts also suggest that when creating goals, especially relating to fitness or losing weight, you need to be very specific with your targets. Decide how much weight you actually want to lose, when you want to lose it by, which days and times you intend to visit the gym, or how you’ll follow a healthier diet, for example.
If you want to stick to your resolutions, set small, manageable targets to start off with. As you smash these, you’ll gain confidence and motivation to keep going and stretch yourself further.
You’re also more likely to stick at your resolutions if you track your progress as you go along. Keep a journal and note down points such as how much weight you’ve lost each week, or how many calories you’ve consumed – tailor it to your specific goals.
Some people find that support can help to keep resolutions on target, whether that’s through encouragement from friends and family, or the use of equipment. For example, 26% of men believe that technology can help them to keep their New Year’s goals on track. At the very least, having the right clothing or footwear is crucial if you want to start an exercise regime.
Additionally, your exercise venue plays a role in how effective you are at maintaining your New Year’s resolutions. If you attend a gym or leisure centre, what kind of activities are on offer? How well equipped is it? Are there secure lockers where you can leave your belongings? These might only seem minor points, but they can have a big influence on your overall feelings towards exercising, and how motivated you are to continue with your goals.
If you own a gym or fitness facility, ensure your members feel confident that their belongings are safely and securely stowed away, with the wide range of high-quality locker solutions and services available from Crown Sports Lockers.