I just got a note from a PR company and it made me think — did YOU stick to your New Year’s Resolution? I sure didn’t. And, clearly, I’m not alone. Every year I put my health at the forefront of my goals, and by June / July I’ve given up. I guess that puts me into the categories below…
According to juice company POM Wonderful, an overwhelming majority of Canadians (91%) say they are searching for a way to break through to healthier living by overcoming obstacles that include a lack of motivation and time, according to a new national poll.
According to the survey looking at Canadian attitudes toward health and wellness as well as goals for healthier lifestyles, it revealed that only 29% polled have managed to achieve any of their healthy living goals this year. While nine in 10 Canadians (91%) surveyed want to live a healthier lifestyle, 71% also said that they are seeking better eating habits.
“Canadians tend to live fairly fast-paced lives so it’s not surprising that many cite time constraints, work-life balance or low motivation as obstacles to making the real changes that they want to achieve,” said Abby Langer, a registered dietician who specializes in nutrition counselling. “Taking a simple approach will lead to progress and build momentum.”
Half of those polled said their goals include eating less processed food, eating less fast food (36%) and eating more naturally sourced food (32%). Unfortunately, nearly one in four said they find it challenging to incorporate healthy foods into their diet. The main barriers cited by Canadians on accomplishing their health goals include a lack of motivation (48%), time constraints (32%) and poor work-life balance (24%).
The national survey of more than 1,000 Canadians aged 40 to 65 years was completed between August 24 and September 7, 2017.
Do you plan to set a New Year’s Resolution this year? I know I do. And, once again, it will centre around health and fitness. I’m determined to get back into shape and feel strong and fit — as both a mom and a woman.
Here’s to being aware that if I fail to reach my goals, I’m not alone…