Only 8 percent will keep New Year’s resolutions
Published: Monday, January 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013 11:01
So, the Mayan apocalypse was a total bust this year. A lot of people were banking on the complete downfall of humanity, only to watch their hopes drop with the ball in Times Square. It appears life will continue for at least another year, so folks have come out of their bunkers to try and get their act together.
Around 62% percent of Americans make New Years Resolutions, according to research done by statisticbrain.com. However, only 8% successfully achieve their objective.
The first month of 2013 is almost behind us, and many resolutions have been already been neglected. Even if you have fallen short of your goal, it’s not too late to get back on track; SFA is here to help you with your self-improvement. Here are some of the top resolutions for 2012.
1. Lose Weight
It’s no secret that America has a weight problem. According to the Center for Disease Control, around 35% of Americans 18-24 are suffering from obesity.
2. Get Organized
College students have to learn time-management skills if they wish to succeed. SFA 101 is an opportunity to drastically improve overall organization.
3. Spend Less, Save More
According to stateuniveristy.com, college students average a sum of $211 a month of discretionary spending. Most of this money goes toward snacks and drinks, which accumulates to $11 billion dollars a year just from students.
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Getting involved in campus life can help your grades, develop connections and improve mental and physical health. Interest clubs, Greek life, workout programs, intramural sports; the list goes on. Check out the SFA Involvement Center and get the most out of your time here.
5. Stay Fit and Healthy
Just 20 minutes of exercise a day improves your brains performance. A study by webmd.com found that early morning exercise can improve math skills by 20%. SFA’s recreation center has fitness programs for all levels of athleticism.
6. Learn Something Exciting
There’s a reason electives are part of all student’s degree plans. Broaden your intellectual horizons by picking electives outside your major. A class you can get excited about going to can really lessen the pain of stressful courses.
7. Quit Smoking
The American College Health Association found that 14% of college students smoke regularly, and 28.8% have smoked at some time. Despite the obvious health risks, a study titled “An Invitation to Health” found that college smokers average lower grades, attend less campus activities, are more likely to use other drugs, and have more permissive sex. If you feel like you have an addiction and want help, contact SFA’s Counseling Services.
“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them”- Benjamin Franklin
No matter what aspect of your life could use some improvement, it always helps to seek support from your peers. All students face similar challenges. You don’t have to be alone in your journey to make 2013 better than 2012.
Only 8% stick with their resolutions?