Common New Year’s Resolutions and How to Make Them a Reality

It’s December. The New Year is fast approaching, and with it comes the typical, predictable, inevitable resolutions that we make the morning after the ball drops in Times Square.

This year, we say, things are going to change.

Most people who read that chuckle to themselves at least a little bit. I mean, come on: nobody actually keeps their New Year’s resolutions, right? They’re meant to be broken.

But we here at AlterG disagree.

This is the year.

So, in the spirit of a fresh new year soon to come and keeping our resolutions well into 2018 and beyond, here are four common resolutions and a few ways that AlterG can help you achieve them.


Go ahead, Google “common New Year’s resolutions” and see if the five resolutions in the list below don’t appear in every other one you read. Why? Because they’re things most people at least try to accomplish at least once or twice throughout their lives, with varying success. The problem is that these five resolutions are very easy to make, but far more difficult to keep. The reason is simple: all five are moving targets that require sustained commitment over a long period of time.

  1. Lose Weight

    Maybe it’s aesthetic. Maybe it’s to combat obesity for the sake of health and longevity. Either way, losing weight is a great resolution to make. But be smart! Go to a doctor to determine your ideal weight range and if weight loss is even sensible for your body type. From there, you can make a plan, one you can actually stick to in the long run. Oh, and did you know that the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ has been successfully used in a walking program for obesity? After that doctor’s appointment, maybe a visit to the physical therapist is in order.

  2. Stop Drinking or Smoking (or Do It Less)

    An admirable resolution, indeed. It is well known that alcohol and tobacco contribute to many health complications, illnesses, and disease. Cutting back on the drinking and smoking—or stopping altogether—can have a dramatic impact on overall health and—you guessed it—fitness. Like weight loss, safely reducing alcohol and tobacco consumption should include the advice of a doctor.

  3. Exercise More

    We all say it to ourselves, especially on New Year’s Day. But do we really have a good plan? Exercising more isn’t something that happens all at once—it requires sustained effort over time. For some people, this process is more gradual than others, especially when considering risk factors like obesity, disabilities, or severe injury. This is precisely when tools and technology, like the AlterG® Via Anti-Gravity Treadmill, come in handy. Work out smart, gradually increase body load and intensity, and establish a foundation for safe, routine exercise you enjoy.

  4. Pick Up a New Hobby or Skill

    Learning how to do something new is not only good for the body, it’s good for the mind, heart, and soul. Maybe it’s a trip to the yoga studio or boxing gym you’ve been eyeing. Have you thought about taking a closer look at your gait? A physical therapist can examine the way people walk and run, identify deficiencies, inefficiencies, or even abnormalities that you never knew existed, and then help make a new resolution to begin correcting your gait. Win-win!


Whatever your New Year’s resolution is, you can achieve it, no matter how challenging it might be. The key is to create a plan and work smart, especially when it comes to fitness, weight loss, and lifestyle changes.

Did someone say working smart?

That reminds me: have you checked out the new AlterG® Via Anti-Gravity Treadmill? We’d love to hear what you think of our latest addition to the AlterG family.

In the meantime, have a wonderful New Year.