What Are America’s Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions?

Are health and fitness goals on your list of resolutions this year? You’re not alone. These goals consistently top lists of most common New Year’s Resolutions each year.

And why not? After turkeys, candy canes, and pumpkin spice lattes (oh my!) over the holidays, most folks could use a little belt-tightening when it comes to nutrition.

And with cooler weather, many people wrap up the year less actively, too. Let’s face it: there’s a reason bears hibernate!

Of course, the first step toward success in any new endeavor is research. The more you learn about how to achieve your goals, the better. And that’s what many folks do both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day: study up on fitness and health topics as varied as “whole 30,” “Coolsculpting,” and “Yoga with Adriene.”

How do they conduct this research? With the help of their trusty sidekick, Google, of course. And that means we can track what people are researching.

Want to know what health or fitness goals your neighbors have? Find your state’s most Googled New Year’s Resolution below.

2019's Top New Year's Resolutions

Methodology

We identified the most frequently searched terms in each fitness-related category on Google Trends during New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day last year. To learn which states had the highest search volume for each, we then ran these terms (along with any corresponding resolutions) back through Google Trends resolution.

Key Findings

Resolute minds think alike. Many of the most Googled terms were also highly searched in several other states.

Hundreds of users searched for specific gyms or fitness programs such as “Golds Gym Schedule” and “High-intensity interval training” or diets like “whole 30” and “DASH diet.”

Some folks focused on mental health (“mindfulness”), while others focused on external beauty (“under eye filler” and “Bosley hair”).

In fact, we learned a lot about folks around the country.

  • Signing up for Weight Watchers appeared to be the most popular resolution among all Americans, according to the search data.
  • Goals to hit Planet Fitness, attend a few classes on the schedule at Golds Gym, and try out the South Beach Diet all tied for the second most-searched resolutions.
  • A full 37 states wanted to try the “Mediterranean diet,” while 26 states showed interest in “Weight Watchers” meetings.
  • Intermittent fasting was also a trendy, new fitness resolution over the past year.
  • Illinois, New York, and North Dakota were looking for a fast way to lose weight; they mostly Googled fat reduction procedures like Coolsculpting and liposuction.
  • Hawaii, Idaho, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Alabama focused on getting Zen in the New Year, searching for terms like “Yoga by Adriene,” “yoga near me,” and “mindfulness.”
  • South Carolina was set on getting rid of a double chin in 2018, while Maryland focused on love handles.
  • Utah, home to one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the U.S., was unsurprisingly ready for a tech-focused solution to weight loss with “workout apps.”
  • Mississippi wants to swap out junk food for “healthy snacks,” while Florida is looking to jumpstart clean eating with a solid juice cleanse.
  • Meanwhile, Vermont hopes to get ripped by heading back to the Stone Age with the Paleo Diet.

Find your State’s Most Googled New Year’s Resolution

State Resolution
Alabama Yoga near me
Alaska Whole 30 recipes
Arizona Mediterranean diet
Arkansas Intermittent fasting
California LA Fit Expo
Colorado Golds Gym schedule
Connecticut Weight Watchers
DC Pilates
Delaware Beachbody
Florida Best juice cleanse
Georgia Weight Watchers
Hawaii Yoga near me
Idaho Mindfulness
Illinois Coolsculpting
Indiana Planet Fitness
Iowa South Beach diet
Kansas South Beach diet
Kentucky Super Carb Diet
Louisiana Intermittent fasting
Maine DASH diet
Maryland How to get rid of love handles
Massachusetts Yoga with Adriene
Michigan Planet Fitness
Minnesota South Beach diet
Mississippi Healthy snacks
Missouri Fat transfer
Montana CrossFit
Nebraska Mediterranean diet
Nevada South Beach diet
New Hampshire Beachbody
New Jersey Best juice cleanse
New Mexico Beyond Diet
New York Coolsculpting
North Carolina Yoga with Adriene
North Dakota Liposuction
Ohio Planet Fitness
Oklahoma MyFitnessPal
Oregon Best workout apps
Pennsylvania Planet Fitness
Rhode Island Weight Watchers
South Carolina How to get rid of a double chin
South Dakota Intermittent fasting
Tennessee Weight Watchers
Texas Golds Gym schedule
Utah Best workout apps
Vermont Paleo diet
Virginia Golds Gym schedule
Washington Golds Gym schedule
West Virginia Nutrisystem
Wisconsin Weight Watchers
Wyoming High Intensity Interval Training

Conclusion

Researching health goals is essential for success, but a few searches at the beginning of the year won’t be enough to carry any of us over the finish line without yearlong discipline.

If you struggled with New Year’s Resolutions in 2018, you’re not alone. According to U.S. News, 80% of people fail to keep their resolutions by the second week of February. That could be because our guilt from overindulging during the holidays makes us set unreasonable goals.

Learning more about health and fitness can help, but choosing the right kind of goal is critical. Instead of saying you want to “eat better” or “work out more,” experts recommend choosing more specific targets, like cutting soft drinks from your diet by 50% or signing up to run a marathon. Then, you can build a day-to-day plan that fits your life.

No matter what your health goals are this year, be sure to consult your doctor and a licensed fitness or dietary professional before changing your diet or activity level. These experts can help you achieve your goals safely and effectively all year round.

Sources

  1. Huffpost, “This Year’s Resolution
  2. U.S. News, “Why 80 Percent of New Year’s Resolutions Fail
  3. The Telegraph, “The most common New Year’s resolutions—and how to stick to them

 

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