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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions & Tips for Keeping Them

Most Common New Year’s Resolutions

In late November 2015, ComRes interviewed 2014 adults in the UK in order to determine the most common New Year’s resolutions.* ComRes’ poll revealed that the most common New Year’s resolutions in the UK are:

  1. Losing weight

  2. Exercising more

  3. Eating more healthily

  4. Taking a more active approach to my health

  5. Learning a new hobby or skill

  6. Spending more time on my personal well-being

  7. Spending more time with family and friends

  8. Drinking less alcohol

  9. Stopping smoking

  10. Other

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Keeping your New Year's resolutions on your own can be challenging. ComRes also conducted research into why people believe they fail to keep their resolutions. The most common reasons people stop keeping their resolutions are:

  1. I was not not committed enough

  2. I lost motivation

  3. I lost interest

  4. I did not have a set plan

  5. I had a setback and then did not continue

  6. I decided my goal was unrealistic

  7. I found it difficult to set goals for myself

  8. I could not find the time

  9. I did not have enough support

  10. I could not keep it alone

One of the biggest takeaways from this poll is that people struggle to keep to their resolutions because of their self-motivation and commitment. We understand that it can be hard to keep to your resolutions on your own. Luckily, we offer products to help with two of the top resolutions. You can buy medicines that are clinically proven to help with weight loss (if you have a BMI of over 30) and with stopping smoking.

Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

In addition to medications to help you stick to your resolutions, a good tactic is to plan ahead. The more prepared you are for starting your resolutions, the more likely you are to keep them. To prep for your New Year’s resolutions, try setting achievable goals. It’s helpful to set smaller, more realistic goals. Setting overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions can be daunting, which might cause you to abandon them.

You should also be realistic when planning your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t choose something that’s unattainable. Setting unrealistic goals is just setting yourself up for failure, so try to avoid resolutions that you know you won’t be able to keep.

Start small. Break down your resolutions into smaller goals. This makes keeping your resolution more manageable. For example, if your resolution is to lose weight, set a small goal for January, monitor your progress, then set another, equally achievable goal for February.

You may also find it helpful to buddy-up. Finding a friend or family member with the same resolutions as this can be helpful. Motivating each other and providing support can help you both stay on track.

Remember to reward yourself for achieving your goals! Good luck and happy New Year!!

*Reference: BUPA New Year's Resolutions. (2015). ComRes, p.39.