These Are The Top 5 New Year's Resolutions (And Here's How to Master Them)
by Emilia Benton
With the new year comes the age-old ritual of setting resolutions. As we turn the page on another year and begin a new chapter, it’s an opportunity to start fresh.
Hot on the heels of the indulgent holiday months, it should come asno surprise that many people’s resolutions (and, statistically speaking, probably yours too) involve wellnessgoals.
According to Statista's Global Consumer Survey, the top five resolutions for 2022 in the United States were:
● To exercise more
● To eat healthier
● To lose weight
● To spend more time with family and friends
● To live more economically
Easier set than done? Sure. But, attainable? Absolutely. In fact, with the right strategy and realistic expectations—along with a few tips from leading experts—you could even take on all five of the above at the same time. (Spoiler alert: they’re all related!)
Ready to make changes that last? Read on to make 2023 your best year yet.
Resolution: To exercise more
According to Stephanie Thomas, an ACE-certified personal trainer, working with a fitness professional at a local gym, at home, or even online is one of the best ways to get started with a new exercise routine and avoid injury or burnout.
“This can ensure that you’re doing the best exercises for your goals and physical needs,” she explains. “This is especially true for beginners; it can be daunting to start any workout program and the support of a personal trainer can really help.”
Working out with a trainer can be especially beneficial as they will hold you accountable for showing up for your workouts. After all, it's harder to blow off a workout when you have to call someone and tell them you're bailing. And since you’ll be paying your trainer for their services, go ahead and pay upfront for a package of multiple sessions; it’ll further improve the odds of you staying the course—and could even net you a discount!
Resolution: To eat healthier
According to Matt Claes, head coach and founder of Weight Loss Made Practical, if you’re on a quest to eat healthier, it can be especially effective to simply keep unhealthy foods out of reach.
“For example, if you have candy bars or chips right next to your work desk or TV, it becomes almost impossible to not eat them,” he says. “However, if you have to go all the way to the store to get these things, chances are you will end up eating the healthier foods that are already in your fridge.”
Reducing or entirely cutting out alcohol is a fantastic way to start the new year on a healthier note, adds Kimberly Gomer, R.D.N., a registered dietitian. Not only will you be reducing the number of calories consumed from alcohol itself, but you’ll be in a much better position to sidestep the unhealthy food choices that typically follow a couple of drinks. In fact, 2019 research found that cutting out alcohol for even just one month could continue to benefit your health months later.
“Building your diet around protein, vegetables, and healthy fats, with moderate amounts of carbohydrates, can help you stick to a healthy eating plan,” Gomer says. “Another way to eat healthier is to eat out less, as a home-cooked meal includes only what you choose to put on your table, whereas eating out invites temptation and added ingredients that may be less than optimal.”
Resolution: To lose weight
According to Thomas, one of the best ways to start a weight loss journey is to plan ahead each week, and incorporate healthy home-cooked meals into your diet.
“Weight loss is about consuming fewer calories than you burn each day,” she says. “Eating at home is a great way to start, as home-cooked meals are usually lower in calories than eating at a restaurant.”
You could even take it a step further by working with a nutrition expert, such as a registered dietitian, who will help facilitate accountability, goal-tracking, and prioritization of the right nutrients.
While hiring a dietitian might seem like an unnecessary or luxury expense, consider how it could help you solidify positive long-term habits; even a short stint with a pro can teach you principles that you'll be able to lean on for life.
Resolution: To spend more time with family and friends
If you’ve been neglecting quality time with friends, family, and other people you care about, Claes suggests a bit of multitasking that can help you kill a few birds with one stone—like, for instance, exercising together.
“Taking walks together or even doing more challenging workouts like yoga or running are great ways to combine spending time with loved ones, improving health, and saving some money,” he says.
You could also make it a point to cook with your family members, which is an excellent way to bond while consciously adopting healthier eating habits together.
“Ordering takeout may require just a bit less effort and time in the moment,” Claes says, “but it also costs more and robs you of some potential quality time.”
Resolution: To live more economically
Some of the advice above—like prioritizing physically active time with your loved ones—can also have a significantly positive impact on your wallet, says Claes. And that’s to say nothing of the bonus benefits—for instance, how research shows that spending time outdoors can help contribute to improved mood and emotional well-being.
Similarly, cooking at home is not only better for your physical health, but it’s far more affordable than regularly making plans to dine out at restaurants or calling in last-minute takeout.
“You can cook batches of healthy meals together with family and then eat these throughout the week,” Claes says. “By batching this task, you can save some time down the line while also reaping the benefits of bonding and sparing your wallet in the process.”