According to a new survey from health and wellness company Medifast, just 1 in 10 adults have upheld their New Year’s resolution this year, with many already giving up by the end of January.
Perhaps adults are taking a more realistic view of the future when they say they'll skip out on making a resolution for 2022, or they're taking into account the unpredictable circumstances they've faced since the onset of the pandemic. In the Medifast survey, only 44% say they intend to set a resolution for 2022.
Plans for 2022
In a 2020 survey from the same company, the majority of respondents said they were concerned about the pandemic's impact on their personal health. Perhaps that's why the top resolution in 2021 was to lose weight. According to Medifast, it was also the most broken resolution.
The top resolutions for the coming year will still revolve around prioritizing personal wellness, but they've shifted a bit. Respondents' top goals are to improve their financial health (49%), improve their holistic health and wellness (46%) and to focus on self-care or body positivity (43%).
Respondents in recent surveys have indicated other goals for the near-future. While they may not be resolution-worthy, consumers have expressed the desire to spend less time online and on social media, to find a new job, or to switch to freelance work.
The best-laid plans
Nearly half of people (47%) who set a resolution will break it within just one month. Why are New Year's resolutions so hard to keep? Respondents in the survey offered these explanations as to why they failed in 2021:
- Loss of motivation (48%)
- No plan (30%)
- Didn't have the right support (22%)
- Set too many resolutions (19%)
- Set overly ambitious goals (15%)
According to Medifast, there are better ways to ensure you'll achieve a personal goal. A more successful approach could include adopting a small change in your daily behavior, so that achievable daily actions will translate into sustainable, lifelong healthy habits. The majority of survey respondents (66%) said they would be on board with this approach to weight loss. Medifast also advises that getting support from others can be helpful to reinforce and sustain new habits.
Methodology: All percentages and survey findings, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. The survey was fielded online between Oct. 14-15, 2021, from a sample size of 1,195 U.S. adults (aged 18+).