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What is the deal with New Year resolutions?

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Have you started setting your New Year resolutions? Photo: Active Health

It is almost that time of the year again. You know, that particular part of the year when you start making New Year resolutions with a fervour and try to stick to them for the first few months (or weeks) of the New Year?

Let’s just say that I have had my fair share of such resolutions that I resolved to stick to no matter what. Most of them didn’t end too well. Well, there’s that time when I decided to cut fried food out totally from my diet. I managed to keep that up for three to four months but I realised it really didn’t make much difference since I wasn’t a huge fan of fried stuff to begin with. Oh, and I developed this crazy appetite for fried chicken afterwards. Then, there was the time I decided to ONLY eat brown rice every day. You can imagine how that ended up.

The thing is, it’s never easy to be disciplined and stick to your resolutions. They may start out as good intentions but at the end of the day, it’s the little habits that you cultivate on a day-by-day basis that really matter. Forget the New Year resolutions. Instead, try to come up with a reasonable list of good habits that you can achieve. Simple stuff like drinking eight glasses of water, having fruits during meal time and having at least seven hours of sleep every day.

food before bedPhoto: Sport Singapore

That’s right. It’s that simple. I have been doing that for a while myself and realised that these little habits are a lot easier to keep up rather than those grand resolutions. I find them extremely rewarding and guess what, they do make a difference and slowly but surely, these habits become part of everyday life and after a while, I don’t even have to make an effort to carry them out. They simply become a part of me.

Here’s a list of positive habits that I have cultivated in 2018 (no pressure):

Remember, there’s no pressure to set resolutions just because the year is coming to an end. It’s all about the tiny details and habits so take your time to cultivate your own and take it from there. 



Gary Yang is a myActiveSG Editor and Presenter. Gary started his career as a suit cum copywriter at an advertising agency, followed by a successful stint in Corporate Communications with Singapore Press Holdings and Asia Pacific Breweries, before eventually joining the editorial team at Sport Singapore. He now turns his attention to fitness and wellness headlines and sniffing out news angles in the sporting arena.

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