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Traditional New Year resolutions, such as quitting smoking, have been replaced by modern life changes like reading more and saving money, a study has revealed.
New technology and healthier lifestyles mean three quarters of Brits have binned ‘old fashioned’ vows relating to smoking, alcohol and exercise.
Current top resolutions are reading more books and saving money, the poll of 2,000 people found.
The third biggest aim is losing weight while redecorating the house came fourth.
In fifth place was taking better photographs on iPhones or iPads.
Quitting smoking and drinking less were only ranked as the 22nd and 26th most popular resolutions for 2013.
Other modern resolutions included reducing the amount of time spent on social networking sites and simply leaving work on time more often.
The research, which was commissioned by private gym chain LA fitness, found other modern resolutions include upgrading the car, topping up our wardrobe regularly and making more time for friends and family.
Now technology plays a huge part in the vows we make to ourselves on January 1st, with people pledging to cut the amount of times they text people, and even slashing the number of friends they have on Facebook.
Tony Orme, Marketing Director at LA fitness said:
“The traditional resolutions we’re used to hearing or even making ourselves are less prominent this year.
“It’s clear that the majority of people are really feeling the pressures of a hectic lifestyle so are now trying to focus on making more time for themselves, their friends and family.
“But it’s important to remember that taking time to exercise and eating a balanced, healthy diet not only give you more energy, but they also help to manage stress levels.”
The results also unearthed a desire to spend more time face-to-face with people and reduce social networking time, while others vowed to spend less money on big coffee chains.
Watching reality TV and reading gossip are activities Brits are trying to cut down on, while many say this is the year they’ll finally do something for charity.
Brits are hoping 2013 will give them courage, often listing some brave ambitions for 2013- from finally waving goodbye to a toxic relationship to saving a relationship or having a face to face with the boss featured highly.
The trend in long-term targets for the New Year, rather than typical resolutions comes after seven in ten people say they feel the old resolutions are a waste of time and never stuck to.
Indeed, the average person will break their new year’s resolution in just under five weeks.
Instead, two thirds said their approach to 2013 is to make gradual improvements without ‘putting a name on it’ or setting unrealistic targets.
The biggest aims Brits shared were to feel physically fitter, followed by less stress, and feeling happier and more secure overall.
Two thirds aim to improve their fitness in the coming year and improve their body confidence.
The biggest celebrity inspiration for women comes in the figure of Cheryl Cole, followed by Holly Willoughby and Kelly Brook.
While men seek to emulate Daniel Craig, who beat David Beckham and David Haye to the top spot of the most inspiring physiques for guys.
Tony Orme continued:
“The responses we’ve had show people are more serious about making changes to their lifestyle, but realise it’s about setting yourself realistic goals.
“It’s no use setting your sights on a flat stomach if you’ve only just started exercising. Set bite-size, manageable goals and reward yourself when you achieve them.
“Looking good on the outside and feeling good on the inside are always going to be on the wish list so it’s good to take that drive we have at the start of the year and focus it on long-term changes that really last.
“When it comes to health and physical well-being, quick fixes will at best disappoint – the best improvements are most likely to be seen through long-term commitment and gradual change.”
TOP 40 RESOLUTIONS FOR 2013
1. Read more books
2. Save more money
3. Lose weight
5. Take better photos
6. I want to go travelling
7. I want to sell old stuff I don’t need on EBay
8. Buy a tablet
9. Organise photos – either get them printed, and/or delete poor ones and save good pics
10. Do something for charity
11. Spend more time with kids
12. Buy a Sunday paper
13. Less TV time
14. Connect my computer to my TV
15. Leave work on time more often
16. Less time on Facebook
17. Totally revamp my wardrobe
18. Try a new hairstyle
19. Get a six pack
20. Eat less chocolate
21. Socialise more in real life rather than Facebook
22. Drink less alcohol
23. Buy less coffee from Starbucks/ big chains
24. Start my own business
25. Tell someone I have feelings for them
26. Quit smoking
27. Gain a promotion
28. Learn how to use Twitter
29. Run a half marathon or full marathon
30. Call people more than text
31. Cut someone out of my life who isn’t good for me
32. Meet online contacts in real life
33. Watch less reality TV
34. Text people less
35. I want to try to save my relationship
36. Try extreme sports
37. Get better at social networking
38. Stop contacting/ going back to an ex-partner
39. Have a face to face with my boss to find out where I stand
40. Do a bungee jump