New Year’s Resolutions to Avoid

The new year brings a fresh start, and resolutions offer us a chance to re-evaluate our lives and aspire toward some positive changes.

Unfortunately, our goals, though admirable, may not be realistic. Here are some common resolutions that fall short in being achievable within the new year.

Losing Weight
New Year’s helps give people a clear starting date to begin healthier habits towards an ideal weight. Though shedding extra pounds is a common New Year’s resolution, it is also most frequently broken before the year is up.

Losing weight is a goal that requires a thought-out, disciplined effort that parallels a steady marathon race more than a short sprint to a finish line. When it comes to fitness, it’s important to realize that it there is no easy remedy to getting trim and maintaining that healthy physic.

The sad reality is that if we’re waiting for an artificial green light to start living healthier lives, our mentality is already flawed.

It’s important to understand that in order to achieve fitness goals, we have to make them part of our long-term routine, not check them off a list and forget about them.

Stop Smoking
Those who developed the habit of cigarette smoking at some point in life tend to see New Year’s as a potential turning-point to reduce or quit smoking.

Most people now understand the dangers of cigarettes and other forms of tobacco, and the social perception of these stimulants have drastically changed over time. What was once considered ‘cool’ or ‘hip’, is now seen as grotesque and harmful.

Unfortunately, cigarette smoking is a difficult habit to kick. Be it during work, traffic, or a peaceful moment at home, the urge to light-up can be too much to resist.

Stop Drinking
Admittedly, this resolution might be made by many on the morning of January 1st as their heads throb from a riotous New Year’s Eve.

It’s a go-to decision for many each year, and like smoking, people discover that dropping the habit cold turkey is rarely a successful move. Bear in mind, alcohol is an addictive substance that is both easily and legally accessible.

It can be difficult, and downright unrealistic, to simply stop drinking altogether if it is an engrained pattern of social behavior. The impulsive urge to cease all consumption fails to consider the reality of the social and biological addiction.

Work Out More
There are a plethora of thin people who are completely out of shape and decide to get back on track for the New Year. Unfortunately, they have about as much success as their not-so-thin counterparts, and only about 27 percent actually stick with their programs.

This is evidenced not only by statistics, but also anyone who regularly goes to a gym for years. It’s common knowledge that for the two week period after New Year’s, you can expect the gym to be packed with folks looking to get back in shape or make lifestyle changes.

Unfortunately, most of them forget the “lifestyle” aspect and are weeded out within a couple of weeks.

Less Stress
Many of us deal with the symptoms of a stressful life, often times contributing factors such as work, diet, and social habits play too great a role to simply block out mentally. Lessening stress requires a full scale reevaluation of every major factor in our lives, and unfortunately it’s not realistic to pick a starting point at which to find inner peace. Instead, decreasing stress is a long term project requires dedication, discipline, and focus.

Feature photo courtesy of Flickr user jeff_golden.

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