The end of the year is a time for both reflection and looking forward. A look at the past can help us better determine what changes we want to make to live a better life and be a better person in the new year. And while this type of thinking can be great, it can also be disappointing — especially when it comes to the New Year’s resolutions we know we can’t keep.
Is your New Year’s resolution about weight loss? What about saving money? If so, it may be harder to stay passed the beginning of the year. See the most common New Year’s resolutions no one keeps after January, ahead.
1. A new exercise routine
Exercise is perhaps one of the most popular New Year’s resolution. And while it’s great to set health goals for yourself, committing to something more extreme in the name of a new year can be both really hard on your body and really hard to keep up.
If you’re someone who hasn’t dedicated a lot of time to physical fitness in the past, we recommend easing into your exercise goals for the new year. That way, you don’t get burnt out after just a few weeks of your new routine.
2. Gym membership
In addition to a new exercise routine, a new gym membership makes for a nice New Year’s gift to yourself. That said, it’s not exactly the gift you had in mind. Committing to the gym can be a lot harder than it looks, which is why so many people sign up in January and quit just a few months later (or, worse: Pay for a membership they don’t use).
3. Eating healthier
Another popular New Year’s resolution that’s hard to keep? Eating healthy. While adding more whole foods to your diet can be a great start, committing to only eating healthy can be quite challenging — especially if it’s drastically different from your current diet.
4. Saving money
The holidays can be hard on our wallets, so it’s no wonder that post-holiday season we find ourselves making money-related resolutions. Instead of making a promise to only spend money on the necessities, set a budget for the non-necessities. That way you can still save money without giving up too much of the things you love.
5. Bed time
In theory, going to bed earlier is a great resolution. That said, if you are a ‘night owl’ it may be much harder for you to achieve this resolution. Instead of setting a goal to go to bed earlier, set a goal to turn your phone off at a decent hour, or read before bed instead of watch TV. These small resolutions can help with your bigger one.
6. Quitting bad habits
Habits are hard to break — especially the bad ones. And while a new year may be the perfect excuse to kickstart your breakup, keep in mind that you may experience some setbacks along the way.
The key to actually following through with this New Year’s resolution? Don’t beat yourself up over any slip ups. Smoke your one cigarette and then promise yourself to go forward with your resolution tomorrow.
7. No soda … and other junk
In addition to adding healthy foods to your diet, you may have a New Year’s resolution of no soda or junk food. The downside? It can be hard to break away from the junk. Thanks to addictive sugar and other added ingredients, giving up junk food is actually much harder than it seems.
8. No clutter
With all the decorations, gifts, and extra stuff the holidays bring, it’s no wonder people want to spring clean in the winter. That said, decluttering is not just a one time job. It’s something that must be done all year and can be really hard for those who like to hold onto items they don’t necessarily need.
9. No more resolutions
The irony in setting a New Year’s resolution to not set a resolution is even that’s hard to maintain. There’s something about a fresh start that makes us want to to set goals in order to live better. So, even the habit of setting unattainable resolutions is hard to break.
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