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Wellness goals for 2024?

Want to make your annual resolutions stick? Research suggests the answer is to “start small.”

As we all look forward to the holiday season and the New Year, a poll has revealed that respondents would rather kick off their goals gradually (40%) than jump in headfirst (18%). Even so, results show that many people prefer to make long-term goals (42%) rather than short-term ones (27%).

Those who prefer long-term goals do so because they believe they can take their time reaching them (62%), the results are usually bigger and better (57%) and because they think people won’t know if they fall off track (56%). Short-term goals, on the other hand, are popular because respondents have had more success in reaching them (61%), can see results faster (59%) and they’re usually simpler (55%).

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of The Vitamin Shoppe and Ancient Nutrition, the survey revealed that the easiest goals to achieve are practising better hygiene (62%), drinking more water (55%), taking daily vitamins and supplements (49%) and working on flexibility, such as simply being able to touch your toes (41%). Though 34% of respondents believe that January is the best month to start a new goal or habit, it is noteworthy that 14% selected February and 12% claim that any month will do.

Three-quarters (75%) of respondents set at least one resolution each new year, and another 12% set resolutions, but not necessarily every year. But that doesn’t mean everyone looks at the start of the new year in the same way — respondents view resolutions as a motivator (63%), a tradition (50%) and a way to improve their health (44%). Of those respondents, an astounding 83% claim to have had success with their resolutions over the years.

Most of these successful resolutions include goals pertaining to relationships and friendships (51%), physical health (49%), socializing (44%) and mental health (39%).

TOP 7 BARRIERS TO ACHIEVING NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

  • The monetary cost – 53%
  • Busy schedule – 53%
  • Not enough support from family or friends – 52%
  • Lack of motivation – 46%
  • Discouragement from lack of results – 36&
  • Difficulty understand what I need to do to achieve them – 28%
  • Not being consistent – 14%

OnePoll questioned 2000 Americans for this survey.

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