Are Americans Actually Making New Year’s Resolutions?

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The New Year is a clean slate and an opportunity to take on goals and make resolutions to improve your life. But how popular is making a New Year’s resolution? Turns out, fewer people are making resolutions than you might think.Specific: Making a resolution to “lose weight” or “exercise more” won’t last long. Instead, focus on small, specific goals such as eating fruits and/or vegetables with every meal or running a 5K. Measurable: Add some numbers to your resolutions. For example, setting a resolution to eat 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies a day or run 10 miles per week are easy to measure and track. As you accomplish these goals, you will feel empowered and more likely to stick to your resolutions throughout the year.Attainable: Set goals for yourself that are within your reach. Small goals are stepping stones to bigger accomplishments.Realistic: Is getting up early to hit the gym five times a week a realistic resolution for a non-morning person? Probably not. Be honest with yourself about your values and how you can fit your health and wellness goals into your lifestyle. For example, start with one morning gym session a week. If that is manageable, work your way up from there. Timely: Make a deadline for your goals or incorporate resolutions into time increments to make them easier to manage. For example, “I will focus on going to yoga 2x a week in January” or “This week, I will focus on incorporating more fiber in my diet.”    “Don’t be hard on yourself if you have trouble maintaining your resolutions,” said IFIC Foundation senior advisor for science and consumer insights Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, FAND. “Instead of giving up, take a step back, evaluate what went wrong and go after your resolution a bit differently. It is most important to keep your focus on the end goal!” Laura Kubitz ()
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