If you’re like 82 percent of the U.S. population, the time for making New Year’s resolutions is upon you. Unfortunately, most Americans will abandon their resolutions after a few weeks. They key is setting realistic and achievable goals and then setting a specific schedule to reach them. Take a look at these top 10 New Year’s resolutions:
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions People Make
- Maintain a healthy diet. Halloween is followed by Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving is closely followed by Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. What do they all have in common? A lot of big meals and sweets. It’s only natural that after the scale tips a bit, people make goals to eat healthier in the new year.
- Lose weight. Many people are looking to get that perfect body or run their first marathon. So, in January, gyms across the nation will fill to capacity with exercisers running the wrong way around the track or trying to figure out how the newest weight equipment works. By February, people get lazy and gym attendance dips a lot. To avoid falling out of habit, grab a workout buddy and schedule regular workout times. Be sure to hold each other accountable for getting in that workout.
- Quit smoking. Smoking comes with a long list of unpleasant side effects: yellow teeth, cancer, and the smell gets into everything. Quitting this habit will take a lot of time and effort. Statistics show that only about 15 percent of those who attempt to quit will actually hold strong months later. If you are serious about quitting, you can be part of that 15 percent.
- Enjoy life to the fullest. This goal comes in many different forms. For some, it might mean cutting out stress in their lives. For others, it might mean becoming more outgoing and taking every opportunity that comes their way. However it is achieved, enjoying life will be a big priority for Americans as they set their New Year’s resolutions.
- Get out of debt and save more. After spending all that money on Christmas presents, big meals for visiting family, and that family winter vacation, many consumers will pull the emergency brake on spending for 2017. For saving serious money in the next year, financial advisers suggest you make a specific budget that accounts for the occasional wants, not just the needs.
- Spend more time with family and friends. Key moments in our lives teach us that people are far more important than things. Will you spend more time with family and friends this year?
- Get organized. Clutter builds up. If you’ve moved recently, you probably found a lot more clutter than you thought you had. With all of this clutter, and even important items, collecting everywhere, it can be difficult to find needed items in a timely manner. But with good organization, your house and your mind will be clean and feel stress free.
- Learn something new. Whether you want to impress your friends or simply feel that amazing sense of accomplishment, you’re not alone in wanting to learn something new this year. You might think about learning Italian or how to play the guitar or how to juggle 5 bowling pins at the same time. Whatever the case, stick to it! You’ll thank yourself later.
- Travel more. The world is made up of 149 million square kilometers of land and 361 square kilometers of water. You’ve probably visited only a minute fraction of that amount. Just think about what amazing sites are waiting for you across the globe. This year, don’t be afraid to add an exotic destination to your agenda.
- Read more. The benefits of reading every day are endless, and I’m not talking about reading your Facebook news feed. When was the last time you finished a full-length book cover to cover? Add some new books to your list and be sure to get in the habit of reading every day in order to stimulate your mind, expand your vocabulary, improve your memory, and reduce stress.
Happy New Year!
No matter what is on your list of resolutions, be sure to thank those who have sacrificed their time and their lives for our priviledge to achieve our goals and dreams. To all veterans and military service members, we at Low VA Rates would like to say Happy New Year!