What are your goals for 2018?

Johnson City Press • Jan 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The tradition of making a New Year's resolution is believed to date back 4,000 years to Babylon. According to History.com, the ancient Babylonians held a 12-day religious festival to mark their new year, which began in mid-March. This is when they pledged to pay their debts and return borrowed objects.

Much as they are today, some resolutions were kept. Others were not.

How well have you done in keeping your New Year’s resolutions? Odds are you've fallen far short of your lofty goals.

Don't feel bad because experts say you're not alone.

The new year brings many well-meaning resolutions — most of which are the same that we were unable to achieve in past years. Researchers say a lot of New Year’s resolutions are destined to end in failure.

One of the most popular (and by far the most difficult) of these unkept resolutions is to lose weight. In fact, one study found that 80 percent of such overly ambitious weight-loss resolutions are doomed to fail. That’s because they are often based on unrealistic goals.

That doesn’t mean you should give up on becoming more fit and healthier in the new year.

Health experts say the key is to be able to keep that weight off for years to come. To do that requires making better lifestyle choices, such as eating healthier and engaging in walking or some other form of regular exercise.

It’s important to follow a proper regiment of diet and exercise. We must not forget we didn’t put on all that weight overnight and we can’t take it all off overnight.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2018? What do you plan to do differently this year to meet those goals?

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