Tuesday 16 January 2018

Most of us 'have already broken our New Year's resolutions'

Most of us 'have already broken our resolutions.' Image: Getty
Most of us 'have already broken our resolutions.' Image: Getty

Eimear Rabbitt

Bad news for those hoping to turn over a new leaf in 2017 - nearly 60pc of us have already broken our resolutions.

That's according to a new study, which found that 59.6pc of people had rowed back on their new year's resolutions by January 11.

The research, released by Opinion Matters, discovered that the average resolution lasted less than a day.

Only 5.6pc of people said their resolutions lasted more than three months.

Meanwhile, just 11.2pc of people said their resolutions lasted up to three months - 9.2pc of men and 13.1pc of women.

Up to 10.1pc of men managed to make their resolutions last up to two months, compared with only 8.7pc of women.

According to the research, women have better willpower than men - the average woman's resolution lasts 40.6 days, compared to the average man's, which lasts 34.4 days.

More than 2,000 people were surveyed for the research, which was unveiled at the Healthy for Life programme launch by US food services giant Aramark.

Frank Gleeson, MD of Aramark, suggested that resolutions are failing because people set unrealistic goals for themselves after splurging over Christmas.

"Resolutions that are unrealistic, like extreme diets, are harder to maintain and upkeep. Instead of trying to commit to a 5km run every day, it's better to start off with easier milestones, like a 20-minute walk every evening and build up from there," Mr Gleeson said.

"Similarly, instead of eliminating all 'treat' foods from your diet, reduce them. By starting with smaller changes, resolutions are easier to keep," he added.

Herald

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