Every time the new year rolls around, out come the New Year’s resolutions. Many people try to improve their quality of life by making vows at the beginning of the year, commonly known as resolutions. Unfortunately, it’s all too common to start off the year with a whole list of goals but fail to maintain them through the year. And yet every year, we tend to make the same resolutions. Here’s hoping this year will be different! Here are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.
The first and foremost resolution is to lose weight. In America, the majority of people are overweight, and some are obese. This is our most common resolution since many people are not at their optimum body weight.
If losing weight is one of your resolutions, try not to set unrealistic goals for yourself, especially if you are not very active. Let’s be honest – you are not going to go to the gym every day and eat only healthy foods all the time. This is a very fast way for your body to reject your new lifestyle instead of embracing it. Take it one step at a time and you’ll start to see some changes. A good idea is to start slow – try exercising just a few hours per week and cutting out some foods that you know you tend to eat a lot but are bad for you.
Paying off all that extra debt
The second most common resolution is to pay back any money you might owe. So many people are struggling with debt, racking up the interest. It means they need more money just to survive, since so much of it is going directly to the banks. Many people end up paying a good chunk of their entire month’s salary just on interest.
A large percentage of people lose money because of their debt, and therefore make it a resolution to be debt free. The snowball method is one of the most effective ways of cutting down your debt – you pay the highest interest debts off first so you save money on interest while you pay. This method is simple yet effective.
The next resolution is saving more cash. You never know what might come up in your life, so it’s always a good idea to have some extra money lying around, just in case. It’s no wonder so many people are trying to save up a little bit for an emergency. At the height of the economic boom, most of us were spending all of our cash, whereas now the majority chooses to save instead.
Exercising is different from losing weight because the objective is to be fit, not to lose those extra pounds. Many Americans realize they aren’t as fit as they would like to be, and so they make a resolution to exercise more. Children require a minimum of seven hours of exercise per week and adults need a minimum of two and a half hours. Exercising regularly releases many positive hormones and diminishes overall stress.
Resolution number five is to give up the cigarettes. Cigarettes have a number of harmful effects on your health, including harming your lungs and delaying your natural responses, causing you to be slower than normal by destroying your nerve synapses.