2019 Resolutions

Every year as January begins people make resolutions for the coming year. I can only assume you have heard the term “New Year’s Resolutions”. A resolution can be anything you want to change in the coming year. You can make resolutions about your weight, health, quitting smoking, exercising, financial restraint, using your cellphone less when around people, and reading more. As you can see the amount of resolutions are endless. I want to discuss a few of the more popular resolutions that would rank near the top of the list every year. In my opinion they would be diet, exercise, and trying to quit smoking.

I want to start with arguably one of the most popular, smoking. According to the CDC, roughly 15% of adults smoke cigarettes. That number is the lowest since tracking began, smoking is still the leading cause of preventable disease in the country. The CDC claims that 68% of smokers want to quit. So if you made this resolution, you are not alone! There are plenty of ways to quit, selecting a method will depend on what you think will fit your needs most. You can start by setting goals to slowly eliminate cigarettes from your day. You can pinpoint your triggers. Try to eliminate the triggers from your life, thus eliminating the cigarette associated with the trigger. Another helpful way to quit smoking would be to replace the habit with something else. Instead of lighting up, pop a piece of gum or a mint. You can also try nicotine replacement. There are plenty of products available on the market to help you with this. You can get a patch, an inhaler, or an e-cigarette. You can also seek professional care. Reach out to your doctor for advice or possible medicine that could be available to assist you. Lastly, it is probably the most difficult, but you can go “cold turkey“.

Every January, gyms and fitness centers are at their busiest. This is because exercise is another wildly popular resolution. Historically, the month of January sees the most new membership signings. That is not a coincidence, it is specifically based on resolutions for the new year. Unfortunately, 80% of those new members stop coming by the second week of February. That is a pretty staggering number of people that make it only a month. I am not sure a month is a long enough opportunity for it to make a difference in your life. Stick it out a little longer if you want to see results!

Another extremely popular resolution is to lose weight through a diet. What will the popular diets of 2019 be? The trendiest seems to be the Keto diet. The keto diet requires a person to eat a very low carb diet. You will have to cut out sugars and bread. Doing this causes your body to burn stored fat for fuel. The process is called ketosis, thus the diet name. Another diet that is popular would be the Paleo diet. The diet is supposed to consist of items eaten by our ancient ancestors from the Paleolithic era. Would we be able to eat a Mammoth? Intermittent fasting is another popular diet trend. The basics of the diet call for you to eat very light for 2-3 days a week and the other days you are allowed to eat whatever you want. The oldest and truest diet is to just eat in moderation. Feel free to eat whatever you want, just watch your portions!

I think resolutions are great ideas. They are the same thing as setting goals. In my opinion, setting short term and long term goals can be very helpful on the road to success. No matter what your resolution is, you have to really want to achieve the goal or you may not. If you are dieting and do not like meat, it probably would not be a great idea to do a keto or paleo diet. On the other hand, if you are a big meat eater those diets might actually work for you. In the end, you need to set attainable goals that fit your lifestyle. Did you have any resolutions this year? If so, I wish all the best on your road!

—Victor Mandalawi