Ever wonder what the most popular New Year’s resolutions are? Here’s a quick breakdown according to a 2020 survey:

50% of American adults said they wanted to do more exercise
48% said they wanted to lose weight
44% said they wanted to save more money
39% said they wanted to improve their diet
21% said they wanted to pursue a career ambition

See any patterns?

If you’re thinking “weight and diet,” you’re correct.

Have you ever wondered why Planet Fitness sponsors the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square? Because they know that millions of people will be spending lots of time and money chasing the ideal of a perfect body in the coming new year.

If you’re someone who’s struggled with an eating disorder or disordered eating patterns in the past (including skipping meals, binge eating, yo-yo dieting, etc), it might be wise to avoid specific goals, and set open-ended goals instead, as well as working with a mental health professional to support you.

Here’s a short list of goals and resolutions you can borrow for yourself:

– To love and respect your body, mind, and soul
– To treat yourself with kindness and appreciate all the things your body can do for you
– Find a new hobby
– To take care of yourself first, before anything or anyone else
– Stop counting – calories, steps, failures…
– Ask for help when you need it
– Meet new friends who support you and will bring positivity to your life

What else would you add to the list?