Weekly Wellness: Reconsidering the New Year\'s resolution

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COLUMBIA - For as long as I can remember, as January approaches it was expected that I would come up with my New Year's resolutions. And I'm not alone.

Research suggests that 40% of Americans make resolutions. The same research tells us that of those 40% of resolution-ers, only 8% actually follow through on them!

Within this study by the University of Scranton, they reported the top ten resolutions of the study participants:

  • Lose Weight
  • Getting Organized
  • Spend Less, Save More
  • Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  • Staying Fit and Healthy
  • Learn Something Exciting
  • Quit Smoking
  • Help Others in Their Dreams
  • Fall in Love
  • Spend More Time with Family

There's a joke in the fitness community that you can't find a parking spot at the gym in January or February, but wait ... it will be back to normal in March.

This study tells us that 75% of resolution-ers keep their resolution through the first week of the year. If you made it two weeks, you're in 71% of resolution-ers. One month and going strong? You're within the 61% of resolution-ers. And if you can make it six months, you are in the elite 46%.

This year, if we want to make a positive lifestyle change, how can we make it stick? There are six easy tips to follow:

  • Keep it simple.
  • Make it tangible.
  • Make it obvious.
  • Keep believing you can do it.

So this year, in 2015, I challenge you to commit to making your life a little better... one simple thing at a time. Happy New Year!