If you made a New Year’s resolution, you probably have started out hopeful, resolute even. I have. But according to multiple sources, the average Resolver (that’s what I’m calling all of us) will barely make it a month. In fact, they have found the exact date the average person quits their healthy trends: the first Thursday in February.
Yeah, most people don’t make it to Valentine’s Day according to FourSquare and Gold’s Gym.
FourSquare scoured the data of their 60+ million users and found that the first Sunday of the year, what they call the “Skinny Solstice”, is the day you are most likely to go to the gym and least likely to eat fast food. We start strong! But by the second Thursday, the “Fatty Solstice”, fast food visits skyrocket and gym visits sharply decline.
February 8, 2018 is the day you will quit your resolution.
On February 4, things will start to change.
Gold’s Gym made a similar study and estimates the drop in visits, or the “Fitness Cliff”, will occur on February 9. They give you one extra day. That’s generous.
There are two ways you can look at this:
1. Most people fail, so you’re off the hook. Studies have shown that only 8% of Resolvers complete their goal, so don’t sweat it. Enjoy your life.
2. This stiffens your resolve. You won’t quit just because most people do. Besides, now you know the exact date your favorite stair master will be open.