Insider: The Psychology Behind Why We're so Bad at Keeping New Year's Resolutions
A 2017 study on the psychology behind habitual exercise from kinesiology Professor Dr. Seppo Iso-Ahola, is referenced in an Insider article on news years resolutions.
The article details how 80 percent of people fail their new year’s resolutions by the second week of February. Dr. Iso-Ahola’s study, “Conscious-Nonconscious Processing Explains Why Some People Exercise but Most Don’t” highlights how only 22 percent of the U.S. population exercise regularly. The study maintains that habitation is the best method of making exercise a regular part of our lives as “it is difficult to shake off habits.”
The article explains that “the problem lies with the internal battle between doing what you want to do, and what you should do.”
“If you can stop yourself overthinking how awful it will be to have a salad for dinner, or to go on a run after work, you might just have a better chance of going through with it.”
Dr. Iso-Ahola has conducted extensive research on the social psychology of and motivations for exercise and health.