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How To Stick To Your Health And Wellness Resolutions In 2020

By David Saunders | UPDATED: 05:28, 18 December 2019

Research from the leading health and wellness booking app, MINDBODY, has revealed the five main reasons people felt they wouldn’t achieve their goals in 2019, including being overly ambitious and simply forgetting.

According to the data, the most common reasons for letting a resolution slip are:

  1. Lack of general motivation (25%)

  2. Lack of money (18%)

  3. Lack of time (14%)

  4. Overly ambitious goals (14%)

  5. They’ll eventually forget (9%)

What’s more, committing to more exercise or improving fitness were the most commonly made New Year’s resolutions for 2019 in the UK, with 28% of Brits having this goal at the top of their list2.

Considering the research findings as we head into 2020, MINDBODY and its team of experts offer tips on how to stick to your health and wellness goals in 2020.

Find your motivation  

A quarter (25%) of Brits cited a lack of motivation as the main reason why they wouldn’t be able to stick to their New Year’s resolutions in 2019. In order to stay motivated with exercise, why not bring a friend along to work out with you? MINDBODY research reveals that half of Britons (50%) believe working out with a friend helps increase fitness motivation and 49% say it makes time pass quicker3.

So, if one of your resolutions is to get fit in 2020, then it pays to bring a friend along with you.

Seek out money-saving opportunities  

One in five (18%) revealed a lack of money as one of the reasons why they wouldn’t achieve their goals in 2019. However, money doesn’t have to stand in the way of your fitness and wellness goals. Home-based workouts are becoming increasingly popular, with apps such as YouTube offering a huge variety of free workouts, and Calm or Headspace providing free meditation classes. The best thing about these apps is that you can use them at a time that suits you; in the privacy of your own home. Moreover, a lot of gyms and studios tend to offer deals and discounts to new and existing members come January, so keep a lookout for promotions from your preferred facility.

Manage your time 

More than one in ten (14%) Brits believe they didn’t have enough time to achieve their health and fitness resolutions in 2019, but this shouldn’t stand in your way of becoming fitter and healthier in 2020.

Another great way of finding time to exercise is to incorporate it into your social routine. MINDBODY research found that one in ten (15%) Britons said the social element of fitness encourages them to work out the most3, so why not swap your weekly lunch dates with friends for a yoga class, or go for a weekend walk instead of a morning coffee? This way you’re not losing time or missing out on your social activities, and you’re keeping fit and active at the same time.

Set realistic goals 

Overly ambitious goals (14%) were another reason people felt they wouldn’t achieve their aims in 2019. If you’re looking to start a new gym routine in 2020, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to work out five times a week, especially if you’ve never exercised before. Instead of setting yourself huge goals, take it slow and set yourself achievable targets instead.

Another tip is to note down your personal bests each time you exercise and make a conscious effort to break your records at every opportunity to see results.

Plan ahead 

Almost one in ten (9%) Brits believe that forgetting to set themselves New Year’s resolutions is the reason why they won’t stick to them. Although many Brits set themselves resolutions and forget about them, there are easy ways to combat this problem. On a Sunday, take some time to plan your week ahead, including meal plans and what fitness classes or workouts you’ll do that week. Ultimately, the more you exercise, the more it will become a part of your routine, so do try and stick to your planned sessions.

Commenting on the research, a spokesperson at MINDBODY says: “New Year’s is a time for new beginnings and for many Brits this involves making a list of resolutions and goals to fulfil, and unfortunately not all are met. From past research, we can reveal that a lack of motivation and money are the top reasons why we think we can’t stick to New Year’s resolutions, but hopefully, our advice above can help show Brits that these are just excuses, and there are always ways around them, even when life gets in the way. If your goal is to become fitter and healthier, both mentally and physically, in 2020 – then there’s really nothing stopping you!”

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