Columbia, Missouri (KMIZ)
As the new year approaches, many people will use this moment to make a fresh start and make new resolutions.
A health survey conducted by Forbes found that 48% of Americans prioritize improving their health, 38% prioritize improving their finances, 36% seek to improve their mental health, 34% aim to lose weight, and 32% prioritize improving their finances. % voted to improve their eating habits.
“It’s normal to lose a little bit of motivation at certain moments to celebrate people’s accomplishments,” said Jerell Jackson, co-owner of API Project Fitness.
The proportion of respondents who claim to remain accountable for adhering to their goals has decreased significantly. In this year’s survey, only 20% of participants said they were responsible, a significant decrease from last year’s survey, when 77% said they were responsible. This shift indicates a marked shift in people’s self-awareness and willingness to stay committed to their goals and take responsibility for their own progress.
“People are recognizing the need to invest in their health, and we saw a lot of that in 2023. Hopefully that continues into 2024,” said API Project Fitness co. said owner Michael Egnew.
Gentry Mills, who has been an API member for the past five years, is looking to increase her consistency in going to the gym in 2024, and has also set goals for 2023. Despite feeling like API was a good fit for her, Mills admits to continuing to go to the gym. Various reasons make it difficult for her to go to the gym.
“Well, I think life takes over,” Mills said. “Life is definitely going to take over. It’s going to get busier, holidays are going to take over. It’s just that different things are going to happen in work and life in general.”
Jackson recommends two strategies for achieving personal goals. First, he suggests writing your goals on the mirror to constantly remind yourself of your aspirations. Plus, having a gym partner also helps keep him accountable. Jackson emphasizes the importance of starting with small, manageable steps toward your goals.
“Even though I’m a very sharp and motivated person myself, I find myself trying to do too much and then realizing I’m not doing anything at all,” Jackson said. Told. “You know what I mean. So you need to set small goals and visualize them.”
Rather than setting overly ambitious goals like working out five days a week or drastically changing your eating habits all at once, Jackson schedules three gym sessions a week as a starting point and gradually builds up your goals. and proposes to enable sustainable progress. The idea is to avoid being overwhelmed by too many changes at once and encourage a step-by-step approach to achieving your fitness goals.
According to the Forbes Health survey, the least commonly chosen resolutions were traveling (6%), establishing a regular meditation habit (5%), reducing alcohol intake (3%), and work performance. (3%).