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Nationwide study reveals Manchester's top 10 new year’s resolutions for 2010

With 2010 underway, the latest findings from a nationwide study by CitySocialising, which polled over 4000 of its members across Manchester and other cities across the UK & Scotland about their new year’s resolutions, have revealed that 73% of Manchester’s professionals will be making at least one new year’s resolution this January, 17% of them for the first time ever.

When asked what their resolutions for 2010 were going to be, ”getting fit” came top of the list for Mancunians, contrary to the UK’s number one resolution “to enjoy life more”. Second on the list overall in Manchester was “losing weight”, which was the second most popular resolution for Manchester’s women but only sixth on the list for the men, and the third most popular resolution in Manchester, “to learn something new”, fell in line with the national result.

“Enjoying life more” came fourth on Manchester’s top resolutions list and, along with “paying off debts”, proved to be more important to those questioned than a resolution to “find true love”. (see end of release for full list and Top 10)

Interestingly, the second most popular 2010 resolution of choice for men overall was found to be “to find true love”, which came only fifth on the list for women. But “finding true love” beat “saving money” in Mancunians’ list of most popular resolutions, as well as “quitting smoking” and “drinking less” which both appeared at the bottom of the list.

However, although their intentions appeared to be good, when asked how long they expected to stick to their resolutions, the majority (24%) of those questioned in Manchester only expected to last for 3 months, with 6% less than a week and 21% between 2 weeks and month! Only 15% of those questioned in Manchester said that they kept their resolutions for over a year.

Overall in the study, although men were found less likely than women to actually make resolutions, they did appear to be better than women at sticking to them, with 20% claiming they kept their resolution for a year or more, compared to just 15% of women.

Sanchita Saha, CEO & founder of CitySocialising said:

“People in Manchester certainly appear to take their health more seriously than rest of the UK as the top resolution in the city, “getting fit”, is a real contrast to London and the rest of the UK where “enjoying life more” is the number one resolution. This study also reflects Mancunians’ sensibility, in that more are resolving to pay off their debts this year than to find true love, compared to Brightonians, for example, where finding Mr. or Miss Right is top of the list of resolutions. Enjoying life still comes fourth on the list in Manchester though, and our All New You month in the city is set to really help Manchester achieve this and other resolutions throughout January and beyond.”

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CitySocialising’s national “All New You” month (view release) will see a national series of events across all major cities in the UK & Scotland, dedicated to helping people to stick to their resolutions including “Getting fit”, “Learning a new language”, “Learning to Salsa”, “Meeting new people” and more.
Up to date listings can be found at: http://www.citysocialising.com/static/allnewyou.html

For full results of CitySocialising’s New Year’s Resolution poll by gender and city (London, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton, Rest of UK) more information on CitySocialising, All New You month or interviews with Sanchita Saha, contact CitySocialising’s Press department on 020 7940 9910 or email: press@citysocialising.com

Survey results: 4145 UK professionals aged 21 – 45 took part in the survey (2404 women; 1741 men; 550 Manchester professionals)

Q1. Will you be making any new year’s resolutions this year?
Yes: 3021 (73%)
No: 1124 (27%)
Women (2404): 77% Yes (1851); 23% No (553)
Men (1741): 67% Yes (1166); 33% No (575)
Manchester (550): 73% Yes (401); 27% No (149)

Q2. How long do you tend to stick to your resolutions?

All: total 4145 people
Less than a week 248 (6%)
Between 2 weeks and a month 703 (17%)
3 months 952 (23%)
6 months 373 (9%)
More than a year 745 (18%)
Not making any 1124 (27%)

Manchester: total 550
Less than a week 31 (6%)
Between 2 weeks and a month 116 (21%)
3 months 132 (24%)
6 months 39 (7%)
More than a year 83 (15%)
Not making any 149 (27%)

Men: total UK 1741 men
Less than a week 70 (4%)
Between 2 weeks and a month 278 (16%)
3 months 331 (19%)
6 months 139 (8%)
More than a year 348 (20%)
Not making any 575 (33%)

Women: total UK 2404 women
Less than a week 120 (5%)
Between 2 weeks and a month 433 (18%)
3 months 697 (29%)
6 months 240 (10%)
More than a year 361 (15%)
Not making any 553 (23%)

Q3. What new year’s resolutions (can choose up to 3) will you be making in 2010?

All UK: total 4145 people (choosing up to 3 each)
1. Enjoy life more (34%)
2. Lose weight / go on a diet (24%)
3. Get fit / start exercising (22%)
4. Learn something new (22%)
5. Find true love (22%)
6. Get a better job (19%)
7. Save money (18%)
8. Pay off my debts (16%)
9. Take a trip (14%)
10. Reduce stress (11%)
10. Spend more time with family and friends (11%)
11. Quit smoking (6%)
12. Drink less (5%)

Manchester All: 550 (choosing up to 3 each)
1. Get fit / start exercising (33%)
2. Lose weight / go on a diet (31%)
3. Learn something new (29%)
41. Enjoy life more (24%)
5. Pay off my debts (20%)
6. Find true love (16%)
7. Save money (15%)
8. Get a better job (11%)
9. Take a trip (11%)
10. Spend more time with family and friends (7%)
11. Reduce stress (5%)
12. Quit smoking (2%)
13. Drink less (2%)

All Women: total 2404 women (choosing up to 3 each)
1. Enjoy life more (34%)
2. Lose weight / go on a diet (29%)
3. Get fit / start exercising (24%)
4. Learn something new (23%)
5. Find true love (20%) joint
5. Save money (20%) joint
6. Get a better job (19%)
7. Pay off my debts (17%)
8. Take a trip (13%)
9. Spend more time with family and friends (11%)
10. Reduce stress (10%)
11. Quit smoking (5%)
12. Drink less (5%)

All Men: total 1741 men (choosing up to 3 each)
1. Enjoy life more (33%)
2. Find true love (23%)
3. Learn something new (21%)
4. Get fit / start exercising (19%)
5. Get a better job (17%)
6. Lose weight / go on a diet (16%)
7. Save money (15%)
8. Pay off my debts (15%)
9. Take a trip (14%)
10. Reduce stress (12%)
11. Spend more time with family and friends (9%)
12. Quit smoking (6%)
13. Drink less (6%)