As 2021 draws to a close and ‘22 fast approaches, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions are nothing new. In fact, they date back more than 4,000 years to ancient Babylon when people made promises to the gods during Akitu, a twelve-day New Year celebration. During the Middle Ages, knights renewed vows of chivalry at the new year by placing their hands on a live or roasted peacock and taking the “Peacock Vow.” By the early 1800s, New Year’s resolutions had found a permanent place in society.
While today’s resolutions don’t require one to make promises to a god, or handle a peacock, they do tend to focus on health with goals of weight loss, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle at the top of the list. Unfortunately, although at least 40% of U.S. citizens make New Year’s resolutions, about 80% break them by the first week of February. Only about 8% succeed in achieving their goals.
The practitioners at Dubuque’s Statera Integrated Health and Wellness Solutions – where traditional medicine, holistic healing, fitness, nutrition, and yoga come together under one roof – are here to help with some recommendations for New Year’s resolutions and some tips on how to help ensure your resolutions last all year.
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