Nielsen conducted a survey from December 29th 2014 to January 2nd 2015, asking about New Year's resolutions. They discovered the 10 most popular ones that people are likely to make:
1. Get fit
2. Lose weight
3. Enjoy life to the fullest
4. Stay on track with your budget
5. Spend time with family & friends
6. Get organized
7. Try a new hobby
8. Not to make a New Year’s resolution
10. Read more
The responses won't surprise you much. The top 2 answers are to "Get fit" and to "Lose weight," which is why you can't find a parking spot at your favorite gym through the month of January.
Twelve percent of the respondants stated that they wanted to "Read more," a New Year's resolution that many can relate to. Whether you are turning the pages of a book regularly or not finding the time, most of us would like to read more. Why, there are so many wonderful books out there just waiting for you!
For some of the most popular responses, here are some book recommendations. Starting your New Year's Resolution with a book is also a budget-friendly option compared to many other choices you could invest in. It is an ideal way to study a topic you would like to improve, at your own pace. This can be better than taking an in person or online class. For the modest fee of $10 or $25, you often have access to a national or internationally known expert in the field, sharing their best tips.
Fitness After 40: Your Strong Body at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond by Vonda Wright
Our bodies do change as we get older. But if you are willing to make the effort, you can still be energetic and fit even while you have more candles on your birthday cake. It’s time to learn some new things about exercise, so you can stay fit in your mature years.
The Women's Health Big Book of 15 Minute Workouts: A Leaner, Sexier, Healthier You - In Just 15 Minutes a Day! by Selene Yeager
This book is chock filled with helpful tips from America's top trainers, nutritionists and exercise scientists, to help you get and stay fit. Learn to make the most of small amounts of time so you always look and feel your best. Whether you're waiting for an appointment or fitting in a workout between a long day of work and family obligations, there are great exercise plans here for you.
Bigger, Leaner, Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body by Michael Matthews
Keep your weight lifting routine simple. You can lose weight and build muscle, to look your very best. Any man willing to make the effort can do this, without eating a diet that's only one food group and doing endless reps. You can too!
Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman
Dr. Mehmet Oz has highly recommended this weight loss plan. It is a 6 week plan which helps your body learn to crave nutrient rich foods and to no longer seek out fatty foods. Eat to Live has also been proven to help you lose weight quickly, because you are eating 100% healthy foods.
Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, SmartPoints TM Edition: Over 500 Delicious Recipes for the Healthy Cook's Kitchen by Weight Watchers
This is a healthy cookbook you'll want to keep at your fingertips so you always have a delicious recipe. There are meals and snacks, from the start of the day with breakfast through to dinner and a sweet but low calorie dessert. With more than 500 recipes here, there are plenty for you to try.
Living Gluten-Free for Dummies by Danna Korn
Lots of people are turning to a gluten-free diet. Not only does it help them to lose weight, but they say it lets them feel the best they've ever been. Gluten is in so many foods that it takes practice and effort to learn how to cut it out of your diet. This is one of the "Dummies" books and will walk you step by step on how to remove gluten from your diet for good!
Try a new hobby
Easy Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft) over 30 simple projects by John Montroll
Papercrafts are a fun hobby. They are inexpensive and need only a few materials: paper and a flat surface for origami. In 'Easy Origami' you'll find the instructions to make projects ideal for beginners, both adults and kids new to origami.
The Brew Your Own Big Book of Homebrewing: All-Grain and Extract Brewing by Brew Your Own
Love craft beer? Then this is the book for you! You'll find 50 craft beer recipes and tips on how to make your own, delicious beer.
Doodle Dogs Coloring Book for Adults by Happy Coloring
Want a relaxing hobby? Lots of adults turn to coloring books. No, your drawing pictures do not have to be perfect. You just need to have fun as you color them!
Whether you want to pick up a classic like "Wuthering Heights" or a newer “classic” such as a John Grisham novel, lots of people want to read more. The secret to doing so is finding books that really interest you. Don’t wait for huge chunks of time to read them, welcome tiny slivers of time such as when you wait for an appointment or even 15 minutes on your lunch break.
At BookCrate, you’ll find books on every topic you can imagine and all are going to make your wallet smile. That means you can always afford to buy another book! So it’s easy to start this New Year’s resolution today!
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!