The New Year brings hope that we will adopt healthier habits and lead better lives. In 2024, Americans plan to focus on exercising more, eating better, organizing their finances, and overall well-being.
Taking better care of health remains important for Americans, as it was last year. Half (50%) of the respondents said they are planning to exercise more in 2024.
Adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, with two days dedicated to muscle-strengthening activity, according to the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Nearly half (47%) of Americans would like to eat healthier. While individuals may have different preferences and food restrictions, a healthy diet is generally based on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, nuts, and seeds. Improving the diet also means limiting the intake of added sugars, sodium, and saturated fats.
Following a healthier diet and exercising may help to reduce weight, which is among the New Year resolutions for 35% of Americans.
One in four (40%) respondents said they would like to spend more time with their family and friends. This could be another way to improve well-being, as people who are socially connected tend to have better mental and physical health outcomes.
Saving more money is on the top of the New Year’s resolutions list, as 59% of Americans are planning to do so in 2024, according to a recent Statista survey.
However, research shows that only 9% of Americans successfully complete their resolutions, emphasizing the importance of having realistic goals and taking time for the resolution to become a habit.
Ring in the New Year by setting achievable goals in order to see a positive change by 2025.