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What Are The Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions?

Christmas is a time for relaxation, spending time with loved ones and spoiling each other rotten. But, once the bubble and squeak and turkey sandwiches have been eaten, many of us start to think about the previous year and the one coming and how we might want it to turn out.

A new year is a time that many people set goals for themselves to achieve by the same time the following year. And data shows that we all want to achieve similar goals every year.

So, if you’re struggling to think of a challenge to set yourself, why not take inspiration from most of the UK?


News Year’s resolutions 2019 vs 2020

The top four resolutions have been the same for the past two years, and we bet most people will be making similar promises to themselves this year. However, the significant change between resolutions made in 2019 and 2020 is that, in 2019, 18% of people setting challenges wanted to take up a new hobby over the next twelve months, the fifth most popular resolution. 

In 2020, this was knocked off the top five list and replaced with spending more time with family. A promise 22% of Britons made. 

The remaining top four held their ground. So let's go through each with advice on how to get the most out of the challenge you for 2022.

What are the top 5 New Year's resolutions? 

New year’s resolution #5: Spend more time with family

We’ve already given this away in the previous section, and no doubt the pandemic had a lot to do with 22% of people making this promise last year. The lockdowns were undoubtedly hard on all of us. 

If this is a New Year’s resolution you’re interested in setting yourself this year, why not try the following to help you stick to it:

  • Look for new things to do and see in your family's local area.

  • Schedule game nights.

  • Play Come Dine With Me once a month at someone's house.

Spending time with your family doesn’t have to be costly, and we’d recommend implementing a no phones rule so that you give each other your full attention and get the most out of your precious time together. 

New Year’s resolution #4: Saving more money

In 2019, 31% of Britons made this resolution. Last year, this went up to 39%. But saving money doesn’t mean you have to miss out. There are apps out there that can help you save without even realising it. 

And if there's something, in particular, you want to do, like invest in a new gym membership, then wait for a good deal to come along and enjoy the savings. That way, you get the feeling of being more sensible with money without missing out on anything.

You could also give up something small that you wouldn't necessarily miss and bank the money you would have spent. For example, rather than give up your morning Starbucks, go one day a week without. Say you usually order a tall latte; by giving up one latte per week for a year, you'll save £108.

Finding painless ways like that to save pennies will mount up to a lot over the year.

New Year’s resolution #3: Improving diet

This is understandably a popular resolution after all the delicious meals we tend to indulge in over the festive season. And it's also understandable why so many people struggle to keep it up and quit. The problem is that come January 1st, people go on strict diets, leaving their bodies screaming for the sugar and carbs they've gotten used to. 

If you want to improve your diet as a New Year's resolution, the thing to remember is not to do it cold turkey. Like our advice to improve the health of your bank balance, small changes over time are the key to success. 

Perhaps you start January by saying no to a takeaway and making a healthier version of it at home. And maybe in February, you cut out your post-lunch snack one day a week. Finding small things to cut out gradually won't confuse your body, causing it to crave what you're trying to cut back on. There's tons of advice in our site's weight loss and nutrition section to help you make sound, healthy choices to smash this New Year's resolution out of the park.

New Year’s resolution #2: Lose weight

Hitting the gym in January and not going back for the rest of the year is something that every gym experiences. Again, this goes back to the idea of doing too much, too fast. 

Jumping into a seven-day workout routine while halving your usual calorie intake will only result in a horrible experience and potentially injury. 

Don't go in all guns blazing if you want to lose weight continuously throughout 2022. Our recommendation is to speak to your doctor to ascertain a healthy weight for you and then work out how to lose this safely over twelve months. You could then book some time with a personal trainer who can create an exercise and nutrition plan for you that will ease you into things. 

Checking in with your PT regularly also keeps you accountable to your goal, and their encouragement and belief that you can achieve what you want will drive you throughout the year. 

What is the most popular resolution?

We’re almost at the end of our list of popular New Year's resolutions. But before we reveal the number one promise most Britons make to themselves at the start of a New Year, we wanted to highlight that this has been the most popular resolution for two years in a row. And we wouldn’t be surprised if it won that title this year too.

New Year’s resolution #1: Improve fitness

Yup, exercising more is the most popular New Year’s resolution. So, if that’s your goal for 2022, we want to do everything we can to help you succeed.

Firstly, head over to our latest deal and sign up for membership at your local 24/7 Fitness gym for a reduced price. 

Second, check out our site's fitness and exercise and health and well-being sections. You'll find tons of educational and inspirational content to keep you motivated throughout the year.

Thirdly, check out the variety of exercise classes we host. We recommend booking your place online, as these tend to be very popular. 

this blog post; start small and work your way up. A year is a long time, and it's better to enjoy consistent momentum than a quick crash and burn.

Whatever your New Year’s resolution may be, whether it’s on this list or something more niche, if we can help in any way, we want to. We believe that 2022 can be your year, and we’re excited to share it with you.