SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The arrival of a New Year means a whole new batch of resolutions. Those often include everything from getting your health and fitness back on track to getting better control of your finances.
Whether it’s losing weight or working out, last year alone 40 percent of Americans made New Year’s resolutions. However studies show 80 percent of people typically fail their resolution by February.
That’s why experts urge people to set more realistic goals, then create a daily routine. Think about having a workout partner, for example, to help with accountability.
With your weight, experts suggest instead of subtracting certain foods, add something. Eat a serving of vegetables at every meal or add glasses of water to your daily routine.
One-third of Americans are expected to have a resolution about money. Saving it, spending less of it or paying off debt. That order can be important.
“They’ve got that Christmas bonus or they’ve got that tax refund coming. The urge is take every dollar to pay off those credit cards,” explained Chris Burns, a Financial Planner with Dynamic Money.
Burns suggested putting that money into a savings account instead. “Build an emergency fund. I recommend 3 months. That way, when life happens, you can pay for it with cash.”
Experts say success or failure with the your resolutions can often boil down to one word: motivation. Answering ‘why’ you started in the first place.
"The toughest thing about getting in the gym is getting yourself through the door," said Mike Bye.
That’s why this personal trainer tells people not to put too much pressure on themselves to start the year off perfectly, but instead just take it day by day.
It turns out, where you live can have a big impact on the success with your New Year’s resolution.
The best city this year is San Francisco where 66 percent achieved their goal.
On the opposite end of the spectrum Shreveport finished second to last out of 182 cities in the country,with a 37 percent success rate.