New Year's resolutions kick into high gear on January 1st—actually, probably more like January 2nd. Gyms around the country are suddenly packed to the brim.
Resolutions have their own problems. According to data from the University of Scranton, only 8 percent of people achieve their resolution goal. But also of concern is the time leading up to the new year.
So let's set the situation.
You plan to recommit to achieving your performance, fitness or aesthetic goal in the new year. But from Thanksgiving until yearend, you don't do all that much, since you foresee a lot of hard work ahead of you. Watching Christmas movies and indulging in holiday desserts sounds a lot better than hitting the gym and being careful about what you eat.
Your resolution deadline has become an excuse to forget about fitness and healthy eating. You say to yourself, "I'm not going to work out now because I'm going to get after it in January," or "I can eat an entire apple pie because I'm going to start eating healthy in the new year."
"I think people look at it like I can just hit the reset button in January," says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a registered dietitian based in the Cleveland area.
Ultimately, during period of more than a month, it's easy to take a massive step backward. You might lose some strength because you're not consistently challenging yourself, or you pack on a few extra pounds.
If you're like 92 percent of the people out there, this tendency becomes particularly problematic.