We’ve all been there haven’t we? We feel our waistlines increasing (as they should by a few pounds) over the winter months as we move less and eat more comforting foods, and we think…ahhh sod it I’ll wait for the New Year. I mean there’s no point in starting anything now, Christmas is almost upon us…so we write off November and December, pinning our hopes on January 1st. But of course we were out (or in) drinking and eating copious amounts of indulgent foods and drinks last night weren’t we? Seeing in the New Year with a bang once more. So the following morning we are possibly feeling a little worse for wear…so porridge and green tea and a trip to the gym is never going to happen.
Plus, we still have a cupboard full of Xmas stuff, gifts, uneaten cheeses and boxes of cakes and sweets; oh and the Gym doesn’t open until next week. Nope. We will wait till that lots all gone and then we will start properly with our new regime on Monday. So depending on where the Monday actually starts in the New Year, we could be on the 2nd, the 3rd or even the 6th. Hardly worth doing it at all now right ‘cos I’ve blown it? Its not even a week into the New Year and you are already feeling like a looser.
OK so I am being pedantic Plenty of people set New Year’s Resolutions and keep them; otherwise the concept would have died out years ago? Right? Wrong! Research carried out by Scranton University in the United States showed that 40% of Americans made resolutions, yet only 8% of people stuck to them. The study found that for 2015 the top resolutions were, Lose Weight Get organized Spend Less, Save more Enjoy Life to the fullest Staying or becoming fit and healthy Learn something exciting Quit Smoking Help others in their dreams Fall in love Spend more time with family And at least 6 of these have been frequent things on my resolution lists in the past, how about yours?
It’s hardly surprising that weight loss is so high up on the priorities list seeing as global obesity has more than doubled since the 80s, which is ironic seeing as the 80s was when the aerobics and diet industries really seemed to ramp up their efforts. But how many of the other goals on that list have we put off in our pursuit of being slimmer, or equally are goals that go hand and hand with it? So where did the habit of setting New Year’s resolutions come from anyway? Good old Wikipedia says, A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.