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New Year's resolutions—a new year for a new you, right? Why is it that you have so much motivation and momentum when January 1st rolls around, but your drive for success freezes up and comes to an abrupt stop within a few weeks? Well, that could be due to lots of things—a failure to plan, an expectation for instant results, or a lack of support. But this year, SparkPeople can help you reach all of your goals, no matter what they are! That's where Teams come in.

Each year, people tend to set the same types of resolutions, like exercising, losing weight, or learning something new. Below, you'll find this year's top 10 resolutions, along with specific SparkTeams that will offer you support, motivation, and encouragement to reach your goals, from saving more money to organizing your life. If you don't find a Team that meets your resolution needs, feel free to start one of your own!

Top 10 New Year Resolutions

1. Spend more time with family/friends. Several recent polls show that the majority of Americans want to spend more time with family and friends this year. These Teams can help support you in your goals and find balance between work and family life:
  • Working Parents: Share your tips for balancing family and work.
  • Families with Special Needs: A team for parents who have special needs children and who want the best for their children.
  • Spark Homeschooling Parents: Homeschool your kids? Join us! We have challenges in finding time to exercise and planning meals on a low (usually one-income) budget.
  • Moms & Dads at Home: A group for those who deal with the special stresses (and joys) of spending the day caring for their household.
2. Exercise! Although we all know it's good for us, it can be hard to stick with a consistent program. These Teams and ongoing challenges will give you the motivation you need to make fitness a part of your life:
  • SparkGuy's 10-Minute Fitness Club: A Team for anyone who wants to build a consistent fitness habit by doing at least 10 minutes of fitness most days of the week.
  • Rookie Running Group: This is a group of people that enjoy running, and are at various stages in their training programs. Come on in and join this very motivational, fun Team!
  • Walk Across America: From our starting point, we are tracking our miles walked, enjoying the scenery and each other's company, and losing weight as we go.
  • 10,000 Steps-a-Day: This group is for everyone that wears a pedometer and strives to reach 10,000 steps a day.
  • Workout after Work Challenge: Pledge to work out after work for a certain number of days per month! Support each other, make great friends and have fun! Continued ›
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Member Comments

  • I clicked on the links for two groups - the first one the link didn't find a group (Gain Positivity) and the second one (the second positive thinking one) the group is inactive. Thumbs down to this article. - 8/9/2014 11:35:15 PM
  • Gave up making New Year's resolutions years ago. What's the use? Everybody wants to know what yours is so when you break it they can point it out. No thanks. Whatever i need/want to do... i'll keep to myself that way if it doesn't happen only i know. Only i will/can be disappointed. - 10/3/2013 2:04:27 PM
  • I'm don't know if I going to be alive. I never do New Year resolution. - 11/1/2012 9:50:18 PM
  • Great article. I joined the ORGANIZED team as that is a problem for me as I am an adult with A.D.D. That is a nice term for Scatterbrained, etc. At least, I know I'm not alone. - 1/1/2008 2:00:53 AM
  • As a new member to SP I really enjoyed this article. It was informative as well as motivating. Thanks for printing it! - 12/22/2007 2:25:01 PM