Health & wellbeing

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions (and how we can help you succeed)

Does yours fall into the top 10?
Published 12 December, 2018

What's your New Year's Resolution?

We've listed the top 10 below (according to a YouGov poll)* and if a WW membership could help you achieve them in 2020. 

The usual suspects make an appearance, but with a shift towards wellbeing over the past few years, a couple more unusual resolutions surfaced too...

1. Eat healthier (37%)

Unsurprisingly, eating better came out on top, sharing first position with getting more exercise and saving more money. After eating and drinking to our heart’s content over Christmas and New Year, over a third of us are ready to improve our eating habits by the time January swings around.

How WW can help: Our customised weight loss plans help you towards healthier habits. Our 4.8* rated app, science-backed SmartPoints® system and ZeroPoint™ foods make healthy eating simple, flexible and delicious.

2. Get more exercise (37%)

January is a notoriously lucrative month for gyms across the UK! After two weeks of Christmas movie marathons and festive relaxation, almost 40% of us are ready to move our bodies, with a view to improving our health or losing weight.  

How WW can help: The WW weight-loss programme encourages you to move more, with a built-in activity tracker in the app. Once you've signed up and got your personalised goal, sync your fitness device to the WW app (where you've got live and on-demand workouts at your fingertips) for automatic activity tracking.

3. Save money, or save more money (37%)

Present buying, food buying, Christmas parties and long journeys to visit friends and relatives can all leave our wallets feeling lighter come January – it’s little wonder so many of us feel the need to save money at this time of year.

How WW can help: If you want to develop healthy habits this New Year but you’re worried about the cost, check out our latest offer.

4. Focus on self-care (24%)

The recent shift towards wellbeing has brought self-care into focus. Whether you plan to enjoy more ‘me’ time, book in for a massage once a month or spend more time outdoors, there are plenty of ways to make self-care a priority in 2019.

How WW can help: What's in your head is just as important as what's on your plate. That's why the WW programme helps you shift your mindset - because happier people tend to have healthier habits. We've got plenty of useful content on the hub.

5. Read more (18%)

Almost a fifth of us wanted to curl up more often with a good book last year – and when reading has been proven to help us relax, and even ease anxiety and reduce blood pressure, it's clear why reading is so high on our list of ‘me time’ priorities.

6. Learn a new skill (15%)

New year, new skills. Resolutions don’t always have to involve giving something up; sometimes it’s nice to make a positive addition to our lives. You could learn anything, from a new sport, to mindfulness meditation, to cocktail making.

7. Make new friends (15%)

Friends are good for us. They motivate, inspire, entertain, advise, support and so much more. Whether you’ve moved to a new area or simply want to widen your social circle, making friends is a great resolution. Remember, if you invite a friend to join WW you both receive a free month!

8. Get a job, or get a new job (14%)

A new year brings new possibilities, and often fresh motivation. Job hunting is notoriously difficult over Christmas when offices shut down, but if you’re seeking a new role or career change, January is a great time to start looking. 

9. Take up a new hobby (13%)

We live in a world where we can learn to do pretty much anything – and many from the comfort of our own homes. Whether it’s knitting, painting, calligraphy, photography or birdwatching, there’s a huge variety of learning opportunities available to us. Learn more about the power of a hobby.

10. Focus more on my romantic relationship (12%)

At the bottom of the list, although still in the top 10, was shining the spotlight on our relationships with our partners. With work, family commitments and other responsibilities, sometimes we can take our loved ones for granted. Why not schedule a weekly or monthly date night or book a spontaneous weekend away?

*New Year survey, conducted by YouGov