New research has revealed that we are a nation that finds it difficult to stick to new week resolutions.
According to the National Hydration Council, more than half the population make what is known as new week resolutions, but one in 10 give up on them by Friday and a further one in five have given up by Saturday.
The research also revealed that water consumption tails off in settings where sticking to healthy habits is difficult, with more than one in 10 of those employed claiming there isn’t easy access to drinking water at work
The Natural Hydration Council study of more than 2,000 people’s healthy living habits found almost a third (31 per cent) of people start every week with healthy eating and drinking intentions and one in five (21 per cent) start most weeks with plans to be healthy.
However, nearly one in 10 (nine per cent) of those with new week health resolutions see their healthy intentions slip between Tuesday and Thursday, and a further one in 10 (12 per cent) slip up on a Friday as the weekend begins. Following the same pattern, more than one in 10 (14 per cent) start the week drinking lots of water, but admit consumption tails off towards the end of the week.
Dr Emma Derbyshire, Public Health Nutritionist and Adviser to the Natural Hydration Council, said: “We all like to treat ourselves at the weekends but it’s important to try to stick to our goals throughout the whole week. Staying healthily hydrated is one of the core elements of a healthy lifestyle, but it can also be one of the easiest things to let slip.
“The research is especially concerning as it highlights how many people find it difficult to stay hydrated at work. Research has shown that even a reduction in dehydration levels of as little as two per cent of body weight can influence mood, lead to greater feelings of fatigue and reduced levels of alertness.”