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The New Year Resolution Revolution


Every year millions of Americans take the time to create a New Year resolution and plan. While the new year is a great time to set a plan for life improvements, many folks end up selling that workout equipment, canceling that membership, or just never actually starting "that thing". What do statistics say? We have the scoop on 2024 resolutions and what the numbers are. Read more to learn more about your resolution!


Your Resolutions in Numbers


According to a recent poll by Forbes, the top resolutions for 2024 are:

  1. Improved fitness (48%)

  2. Improved finances (38%)

  3. Improved mental health (36%)

  4. Lose weight (34%)

  5. Improved diet (32%)

  6. Travel More (6%)


While it may not be a big surprise that these are top contenders, what may further surprise you are the numbers for those who ACTUALLY stick to their resolutions. The Forbes Health/One Poll survey found that the average resolution lasts just 3.74 months. Only 8% of respondents tend to stick with their goals for one month, while 22% last two months, 22% last three months and 13% last four months. There are even unofficial days to commemorate the failure to commit to the resolution (look up January 17th and June 1st for celebration ideas).


How to Achieve Your Resolutions


Retired friends smiling for a photo

Health and Wellness


If you are someone with health as your priority in 2024, you might be wondering how everyone else is planning on hitting their goals. In Forbes survey, 49% of those polled plan on using a fitness app for assistance in sticking to their resolutions. Generally, apps are the most popular tool used to maintain accountability. The most popular tools are:


  • Diet program (46%)

  • Gym membership (43%)

  • Habit tracking app (40%)

  • Diet/calorie counter app (33%)

  • Meditation app (33%)

The key to good health in general is a supportive community and having the resources to accomplish that. At Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach, we not only have a state-of-the-art gym, but our community also has pickleball courts, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and in-door volleyball, we also offer monthly group fitness classes and groups to help support your goals! Making use of our facilities for your resolution is also a great way to build comradery and lifelong friends. And if you happen to lose momentum in your resolutions, our pool is a great place to lounge with its beach access and lounge chairs. There are also two saltwater heated spas and indoor billiards, shuffleboard and darts which is another great option for staying active and moving all year long! You can also start your own group to support your resolution whether its sitting by the pool or doing laps in the pool.


Finances


According to the Forbes Poll, 86% of respondents say their new year’s resolution will have a positive impact beyond 2024. You can also have an impact beyond the new year by increasing your investment portfolio or savings. We have the top apps you need to check out and local investment firms that will help you along the way. The top investment apps for any level of experience according to Business Insider are:


  • SoFi Invest: Easy to use, no commissions for trades and no recurring account fees. The app includes stocks and ETFs

  • Ally Invest: You can trade stocks and ETFs with no commissions; mutual fund trades will incur a $9.95 commission fee. There are no recurring fees or minimum balance requirements

  • Acorns Invest: $3 per month, Acorns will take care of everything. That includes automatic spare change investing through transaction round-ups, automated transfers, retirement account savings, banking perks, and a fully automated investment plan.

  • TD Ameritrade: No commissions for stock or ETF trades and offers multiple account platforms that align with various investment styles and goals.

  • Public: With fractional shares starting at $5, you can also buy into a huge number of supported companies without putting up enough cash for a full share. Public also recently launched alternative assets on its platform, so you can now exchange art, NFTs, collectibles, and more for 2.5% per transaction.

  • Robinhood: Offers traditional and Roth IRAs with $0 trading commissions, a 1% match on every dollar you contribute, recommended portfolios, and more.

Easy to use and install, these apps are a great place to start or grow your investments.

Here locally in Ormond, and a short drive from Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach, there are many banks and investment firms to also assist with your retirement savings such as Charles Schwab, Truist, Edward Financial, Morgan Stanley and more.


Travel


Another statistic from Forbes poll is that 62% say they feel pressured to set a new year’s resolution. Take that pressure off and add traveling to your dream destination as a resolution for the new year. Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach is located only 25 minutes from the Daytona International Airport, one hour from the Orlando International Airport and Sanford International Airport. We are also located in a top rated vacation destination in itself, Florida! From world renowned beaches to top attractions, experience your 7-day vacation at Plantation Oaks Of Ormond Beach. Stay local and have mini stay-cations all year long, or travel far knowing you are close to all major transportation outlets.


Top Florida Attractions Include:


Daytona Beach

Ormond Beach

Flagler Beach

Blue Springs National Park

Silver Springs National Park

Saint Augustine

Daytona International Speedway

Disney World

Universal Studios

SeaWorld

Clearwater Beach

Busch Gardens


At Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach, we believe in living life to its fullest and not worrying so much about when things go wrong but rather that you tried! Whether you have a long or short list for your new year resolution remember it is ok if things don't work out.


“Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip.” – Robert J. Hastings


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