Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions

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As we have now entered a New Year, one of the traditions is to make a “New Year’s Resolution”.

As we have now entered a New Year, one of the traditions is to make a “New Year’s Resolution”, this involves making a promise or commitment to change in some way for the New Year. In this blog, we will look at the six most popular New Year’s resolutions that people make!

1. Lose weight
Aiming to lose weight or getting fitter is possibly the most common New Year’s Resolution that people make. One of the reasons for this is because people tend to overindulge over the Christmas Period and as it’s still fresh in the mind, it encourages people to take this as an option. It’s also common that diets and new exercise regimes always seem to start from next week. This, in turn, leads to people starting their weight loss campaign Next Year.

Although we see a lot of news and stories about people who start their new diets in January and they are out the window in February or others who join gym, visit a couple of times then give up before the end of the month, we also see a lot of people who are successful in their attempts.

New Year is a great time for people to become motivated to exercise more and eat healthier foods. There are various ways this can be achieved. To learn more about this why not study our Nutrition and Weight Management course which looks at the

2. Give up smoking
Similar to losing weight, giving up smoking is a resolution that is health based. Many people choose New Year as the ideal time to kick-start their give up smoking campaign.

Smoking has become increasingly more taboo in recent years, with the introduction of the smoking ban, specifically in pubs/clubs and graphic adverts on cigarette packaging detailing the health risks of smoking.
This has encouraged many people to try and kick their addiction/habit.

There are many aids that people can choose from to try and help them give up. Traditionally nicotine patches and gum have been available with the aim of satiating the need for nicotine without having to smoke a cigarette. More recently e-cigarettes have been realised. These provide the nicotine and the sensation of smoking, without tobacco.

3. Save money
Another popular New Year’s resolution is to try and save money or start a savings account. Whereas the desire to lose weight may be brought upon by overindulging over the festive period, the will to save money could equally be influenced by spending or overspending around Christmas.

Many people tend to splash out and spend a lot on others (and themselves) over Christmas and New Year. A look at one’s bank account in January could be a painful task, particularly for those who may have been paid early in December and have a larger than normal gap between paydays. This could prompt people into saving in the New Year, with some opting to save for a large purchase, a house for example, and others just to save for a rainy day.

There are some handy ways to help people save their money. Banks now offer free advice and provide very competitive savings accounts, which can also provide a decent amount of interest on savings.

4. Lifestyle change
A more drastic New Year’s resolution is a complete lifestyle change. A common cliché heard around this time of year is “New Year, New Me!” Some people turn this into their resolution and opt for a lifestyle change. This can be minor change like wanting to read more books or get a new hobby, to a more substantial change, for example being more spontaneous or saying yes more to friends/family when they propose outings or events.

Some lifestyle changes can link into other resolutions we have covered, such as living a healthier life or being more frugal with money.

A lifestyle change for many can seem daunting however it does not need to be drastic. Some people just like to spice their lives up and get a change from the norm, there are many ways this can be accomplished. Taking up a new hobby, for example, is a good way to both change your lifestyle and potentially help you benefit from learning a new skill or developing new relationships.

5. New career
The last on our list but by no means the least, is the New Year’s resolution of gaining a new career or a new job. Lots of people fancy a change in career path and the New Year is the kick start they need to start a job hunt.

Others may want to progress in their current career rather than a complete switch, so some resolutions are more specific, for example, “Gain a promotion in 2016” or “Increase progression in the next year”

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Nick Cooper
Nick is NCC's resident blog author and covers a range of subjects, including teaching and health & social care. NCC is an international learning provider with over 20 years’ experience offering learning solutions. To date, NCC has engaged with over 20,000 employers, and delivered quality training to over half a million learners.
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