2014 common resolutionsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Along with ringing in the New Year comes a flood of promises about improving ourselves, there are grand visions of the person we were in 2013 and the person we will be in the new year.
By: Brian Abel, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Along with ringing in the New Year comes a flood of promises about improving ourselves, there are grand visions of the person we were in 2013 and the person we will be in the new year.
A new Harris poll highlights the most popular of resolutions for 2014, and there is an overwhelming theme…
Eating healthier, exercising and losing weight are three of the top five promises we make to ourselves to improve our bodies in the new year.
Shawn Suess- Training Manager, Family Wellness: "Every new year, you know, we always kind of see a little bit of influx of memberships. A lot of people want to come in and make a change; start the New Year out healthy."
And so at facilities throughout the country like Family Wellness, a flood of freshman gym goers rush in after the first of the year.
Callie Steckler- Family Wellness Regular: "It's a little frustrating when the machines are busy, but it's good that people are motivated."
And while New Year’s resolution intentions are often admirable, stats show that they usually fizzle out in just a matter of weeks.
Mike Bryant- Family Wellness Member: "Unless you make it a lifestyle, I think the resolutions tend to end up being broken."
A Psychology Today study shows that over 20% of resolutions fail after the first week, 40% in a month and 50% after three months.
Adam Lovehaug- Family Wellness Member: "I’m glad they're giving it a good solid effort, I guess, at least. I don't know."
And for the pros that see the gradual transition back to normal in the gym, well, they have some advice to make those resolutions stick.
Suess: "Set small goals, and once you accomplish, you just make a little bit larger goal. Instead of a goal being to lose 40 pounds, maybe it’s a goal to work out three times this week; and once you accomplish, start working your way up slowly and gradually."
Rounding out the top five of that Harris "common new year’s resolutions" poll are getting a better job and improving finances.