The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit associated with leading public
health schools, is encouraging people to turn their 2017 New Year's
health resolutions into "Monday Resolutions," gaining 52 chances to
Health-related goals such as losing weight, exercising and quitting
smoking tend to top the list of New Year's resolutions in America. Yet
research shows that only 8% end up achieving their resolutions each
‘A more effective approach to achieve resolutions would be to follow New Year’s with a recommit strategy that capitalizes on the natural momentum of the weekly cycle.’
That's why some health experts believe a more effective
approach would be to follow New Year's with a recommit strategy that
capitalizes on the natural momentum of the weekly cycle.
"Using Monday to reset your goals, celebrate progress and
get back on track after a weekend slip-up can help people stay on track
for the long haul," said Dr. Lawrence Cheskin, director of the Johns
Hopkins Weight Management Center.
According to research, people
see Monday as a fresh start and are more likely to begin diets, exercise
regimens and quit smoking on a Monday more than any other day. In
addition, published studies in JAMA Internal Medicine
and the American
Journal of Preventive Medicine
found that health-related searches on the
internet peak on Monday.
Joanna Cohen, co-author of these studies
and the director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, considers Monday as a
"mini-New Year's" that provides 52 chances a year to stay on track,
instead of just one.
"Studies show that Mondays are a natural
opportunity to engage smokers and reduce their likelihood of relapse.
It's the January of the week, the day that smokers are looking for
help," explained Dr. Cohen. This is particularly important because for
many smokers, it may take 30 or more quit attempts before being
A Monday health reset can also help sustain healthy
behaviors. People report that starting the week off with exercise,
healthy eating and a positive attitude helps keep them on track
throughout the week.
Five Tips to Turn Your New Year's Resolutions Into Monday Resolutions:
1. Set realistic goals.
2. Break each goal into small, manageable steps.
3. Make a weekly plan and write it down to commit.
4. Share your goals with others for support.
5. Hit the Healthy Monday Reset, if you lapse.
Monday Campaigns works with leading public health schools to offer
science-based weekly tips, recipes and other inspiration to help people
start and sustain healthy behaviors. Wellness organizations can also
download free resources to start their own Healthy Monday programs.