New Year's resolutions: What's yours?
- December 31, 2010 9:54 AM |
- By POV
As people prepare to say their farewells to 2010, many make resolutions to achieve certain goals in the coming year. If Twitter is any indication, the most popular pledge this year will be to get healthier -- from losing excess weight to quitting smoking to exercising more.
"Bagel meet tummy. Tummy meet bagel. Starting tomorrow, you two will become strangers," tweeted @Super Nova Mom.
@justneenee's top resolution is to eat "more fruit [and] vegetables."
Unfortunately, most people won't have the willpower to keep their promises for more than a week, according to a recent British study.
The study, led by University of Hertfordshire psychology professor Richard Wiseman, tracked the progress of 2,000 people who made two-week resolutions. Only 26 per cent of subjects who relied on willpower alone actually met their goal, the Press Association reported.
It's no surprise then that there have always been plenty of self-help books and time-management courses offering people strategies to meet their New Year's resolutions. People are also increasingly turning to technology to track their progress through mobile apps and web programs.
In fact, hundreds of Canadians looking to shed pounds and get more active have already joined CBC's Live Right Now national health campaign, which encourages members to take on a variety of interactive challenges. For example, people like @justneenee who resolve to eat more vegetables can join the Meatless Monday challenge. Those who pledge to exercise more, even while working, can try the Walking Break challenge instead of going for coffee. The website also contains nutrition and dietary resources, fitness guides, and allows people to monitor their progress and get others involved. You can learn more about the campaign here.
Do you make New Year's resolutions? Have you been successful at meeting them? Tell us your resolution for 2011 and any strategies you'll use to stay on track. Let us know in the comments below, in our Facebook page, or on Twitter.
(This survey is not scientific. It is based on readers' responses.)
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