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More and more Germans are starting the new year with good resolutions for their health
For many people, the turn of the year is the time for good intentions that they would like to implement in the coming year. "In recent years, the number of people who want to do more for their health after the turn of the year has increased," according to the current DAK-Gesundheit report. But the goals should be set realistically to avoid pre-programmed disappointments.
According to the DAK, more and more people are starting the new year with good resolutions for their health. Less stress, more exercise, quitting smoking or eating healthy - many Germans take the turn of the year as an opportunity to make changes in their lives. But persevering is difficult, especially if the goals are set too high. "It is better to set fewer realistic goals and achieve them than pursue too many utopian projects," advises DAK doctor Elisabeth Thomas. This increases the motivation and chances of staying in the long run would be significantly increased.
Avoiding stress is the most common good intent
According to a recent representative DAK survey, most Germans want less stress for 2016. For example, the DAK reports that 62 percent of those surveyed had planned to reduce or avoid stress in the coming year. Three years ago, this value was still 57 percent. According to the health insurance company, the 30- to 59-year-olds in particular seem to be under increasing stress. In this age group, 70 percent of those surveyed had undertaken to reduce stress in a targeted manner in the new year. There were also many other good resolutions: spending more time with friends and family (61 percent of those surveyed), more physical activity (59 percent of those surveyed), losing weight (35 percent of those surveyed) and giving up smoking (14 percent of those surveyed).
Increased approval for all good intentions
Overall, with all good intentions, increased approval can be found, the DAK reports. However, there are considerable differences in the different age groups. While older respondents mentioned avoiding stress and spending time with family and friends as good intentions, respondents aged between 14 and 19 considered other aspects to be important. They often want to be more economical, use less the cell phone, the Internet or the computer and less television.
Different motivation for good resolutions
With regard to the motivation for the resolutions, 62 percent of those surveyed said that their personal feelings were decisive for this. Often there was an acute illness (in 47 percent of the respondents) or the impetus of a doctor (in 45 percent of the respondents) in the background. 38 percent of the respondents did not mention their own feelings, but the partner's request as an occasion for the good intentions. Men (45 percent) in particular were increasingly influenced by their partners.
Persevering is difficult
The survey also shows that only about every second person keeps up his good intentions permanently, according to the DAK. Men seem to be a little more willing (57 percent) than women, the health insurance company continues. The DAK offers its insured persons special support in implementing the good intentions, for example with online coaching for more exercise and relaxation, so that perseverance is more successful. (fp)