One of many dreaded questions that are asked at the end of every year is the New Year’s resolutions one. I have a recurring one: Be more patient. I obviously never keep it because I have to make it again every year, but I do like to think I’ve made progress.
Exercise goals and weight loss are oft-resolved ones, in fact, Nielsen released a report in 2015 that found ‘stay fit and healthy’ was the number one thing Americans promised to do for themselves that year. While my eating habits could probably use a boost, it would be nice to walk more in the New Year. In fact, I’m thinking of (but haven’t resolved) doing one of these walking challenges. I found with running, having an event to work towards kept me focused and motivated on training. If anyone has participated in a long-distance walking event I would love to hear about your experiences.
If a healthy you is your goal for 2017, first let me congratulate you. It’s important to do something for yourself, and life will be better with a healthier mind and body. And may I suggest walking as an excellent way to get that healthy body? It’s free, doesn’t require any special equipment and can be done practically anywhere. An activity that is cheap, easy and doesn’t have time constraints takes away a lot of the excuses we give ourselves for not doing something. No need to spend money on a gym membership AND it should save you money it terms of health care costs. The Harvard Business Review found that for every dollar spent on preventative health (of which walking counts) you’ll save $2.71 in health costs later on. The study was done around employee wellness programs but the transfer can be made. A healthier you is a cheaper you.
Since we are on the topic of resolutions and I love interesting factoids, the University of Scranton actually did a study on how many people keep their resolutions. Website Statistic Brain broke it out and turns out only 8% successfully achieve their resolution. Don’t let that put you off determining to do something good in 2017 – the study found that “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”
Be strong, be focused and have a rewarding 2017!