Based upon some data from 2021, and even 2020, it appears we might not care as much about New Year's Resolutions.

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE MAKING CHANGES YEAR-ROUND

According to various study data posted at discoverhappyhabits.com, it appears we're not as concerned with using January 1st. as a kickoff date.

Heading into 2021, only 31 percent of those surveyed (in the U.S.) said they were committed to making specific changes or resolutions in their lives. But of those who did, exercise and fitness improvement was #1, followed by losing weight, saving money, and improving their diet.

 Some interesting geographical data, those on the West Coast rated exercise highly, while in the Midwest, losing weight was big. In the South, reducing the amount of alcohol they drink came in near the top of the list.

When it comes to exercise, like in 2021, 2022 is expected to see a lot of people vow to get in shape. Being pent up and locked down during COVID resulted in a large boom in the fitness industry, but it was home fitness systems. According to Marketplace.com, that happened in 2021, it's expected next year as well. This is expected to be a big goal for many.

 Public gyms and fitness franchises are expected to see more growth but in states where mask mandates and other limits are still in place (WA, OR, CA etc.)  they will stagnate. People are in a place where they will utilize their own home fitness rather than jump through more COVID-related hoops.

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 It remains to be seen what 2022 will hold,  many experts in the health and mental wellness industry say COVID resulted in people re-evaluating their lives and examining priorities. That can affect what kinds of changes you want to make in a New Year.

  Will we see an uptick in the number of people who make 'formal' change goals, or will it drop even lower than 2021's 31 percent? Only time will tell.

For many during COVID, just dealing with life, jobs, and society occupied their time.  Many people didn't make 'resolutions' but made changes to better cope with the uncertainty facing them every day.

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