The start of a New Year marks a new beginning, which is probably why many people set their resolutions at the start of the year. As the year draws to a close, it might be time to review your goals and update your resolutions.
We’ve decided to look at the traditional practice of setting New Year’s resolutions as well as some of the most popular.
Setting New Year’s resolutions
The act of setting New Year’s Resolutions is much easier than seeing the resolutions through to fruition. Some reports have suggested that one in three people set resolutions each year, but less than half remain on target after six months.
Health goals tend to be the most popular goals, and the actual act of goal setting could enable people to adopt healthier lifestyles. Of course, consistency and commitment are just as important as goal setting.
Popular New Year’s Resolutions
Some surveys have found reading more books, saving money, losing weight, eating less chocolate, drinking less alcohol, and quitting smoking are among the most popular New Year’s Resolutions.
Many people in recent years have also listed spending less time on Facebook, redecorating and taking better pictures as their resolutions.
Seeing Resolutions through to completion
Pam Peeke, MD and author, claimed that people aiming to lose weight should plan for bumps along the way and to use a food diary. A support system will improve their chance of success, particular by the fourth to sixth weeks.
Multiple attempts are the key to quitting smoking. If you want to quit smoking, try many different techniques to see which one achieves the best results for you. Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and many other chronic and serious diseases.
Save more money
Simple lifestyle changes can help you save a considerable amount of money. Try walking, carpooling or biking to work and save on petrol and car costs. Plan each grocery-shopping trip before you enter the store so as to avoid buying on impulse. You can also cook and entertain at home instead of eating out.
Drink less alcohol
Alcohol in moderate amounts is not detrimental to a person’s health, but excessive alcohol consumption can lead to depression, memory loss and more serious conditions such as seizures. Too much alcohol can also increase the risk of heart or liver disease.
CBHS is committed to supporting members in achieving good health not just in the New Year but all year long. We provide benefits on a number of health management programs (including quit smoking, stress and weight management) on our Extras policies. If you would like to know more, contact Member Care on 1300 654 123.