When was the last time you made a New Year’s resolution? One study found that only 14% of people age 50 to 65 made a resolution last year, compared to 36% of people age 18 to 24.
We may bail on resolutions because historically, success rates for keeping them aren’t impressive. Numbers vary wildly depending on who is surveyed and how long they’re followed, but rates as low as 8% are widely touted.
Maybe, though, we’re looking at the numbers the wrong way. A University of Scranton study compared people who made New Year’s resolutions — most often to lose weight, exercise, or quit smoking — with people who wanted to make those same changes, but didn’t make a resolution.
After six months, 46% of the resolvers were successful, compared to only 4% of the non-resolvers. Put another way, the people who made resolutions were almost 12 times more likely to meet their goals than those who didn’t.
Maybe it’s time for those of us over age 50 to put aside our cynicism about New Year’s resolutions and give them another shot. If you gave up on resolutions years ago, today’s technology might help you stick to your commitment. These apps can help.
1. The resolution: Eat better
2. The resolution: Save more money
3. The resolution: Walk more
The app: With MapMyFitness, you can track your walks, workouts, runs, and rides.
4. The resolution: Lose weight
The app: You can track your food and exercise, and connect with a community for support, with LoseIt!
5. The resolution: Quit smoking
The app: With the quitSTART app, you can monitor your progress, get back on track if you slip, and manage your cravings.
6. The resolution: Drink less alcohol
The app: DrinkControl (Apple only) tracks your alcohol consumption, how much you spend on alcohol, and how many calories you consume from alcohol.
7. The resolution: Read more
The app: You can use Bookly to set goals and track your reading time.
8. The resolution: Find a new job
9. The resolution: Make new friends
The app: Meetup can help you connect with people who share your favorite hobbies or activities. You can also look for general-interest groups in your area for people age 50 or 60 and older.