A New Year and A New You: Where in England Do You Have the Best Chance to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

From exercising to relaxing more, Care.com discovers where in England is the easiest to keep your resolutions – and where is the hardest!

We’ve all been there: the last of the Christmas leftovers has been devoured and rolling seems like the only possible means of travel. But on the horizon, there is the shiny promise of a fresh start – it’s the first day of 2019!  Full of resolutions and good intentions, the new year looms like the first day of the rest of our lives.

However, it is not long before this year feels just like the last and all our optimistic goals have gone out the window in a haze of exasperated defeat and sheer forgetfulness.

But we shouldn’t feel too bad as it might not be entirely our own fault. It turns out that where we live can have a big effect on how well we stick to our New Year’s resolutions.

With this in mind, Care.com decided to investigate and find out which city in England makes it the easiest for you to succeed in your New Year’s resolutions and which makes it the hardest. Our analysts ranked the local authorities in England to show where you have the greatest chance of sticking to the four most popular New Year’s resolutions:

  • Eating more healthily
  • Exercising more
  • Relaxing more
  • Quitting smoking

Where is the best place to keep your resolutions?

Congratulations to the residents of Wokingham, Berkshire! You have the best shot at keeping your New Year’s resolutions out of everywhere in England. Ranking in first place overall, the people of Wokingham also come in first for eating more healthily and quitting smoking. Closely followed are Rutland and Herefordshire.

The best resolution? Don’t get stressed by your resolutions!

And where is it hardest to keep your resolutions? Blackpool does the worst job of helping its citizens stick to their promises of the New Year. Also at the bottom of the list are Sandwell and Stoke-on-Trent.

If you live in a bad area for keeping new year’s resolutions, don’t become disheartened as it might not be such a bad thing. It may provide the extra motivation you need… or be a good excuse to not try it at all.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year 2019 from Care.com!

 

Best Places in England to keep your New Year’s Resolutions

Local Authority

OVERALL Rank

Eat more healthily

Exercise more

Relax More

Stop smoking

Wokingham

1

1

13

9

1

Rutland

2

14

27

2

3

Herefordshire

3

2

29

8

15

North Somerset

4

13

7

41

10

Devon

5

3

5

23

28

Buckinghamshire

6

16

22

33

4

Oxfordshire

7

7

12

43

7

York

8

64

2

50

2

South Gloucestershire

9

19

11

26

5

Dorset

10

4

26

35

13

West Sussex

11

24

21

1

22

Poole

12

30

4

12

31

Surrey

13

12

14

69

9

Bristol

14

32

3

91

10

Isle of Wight

15

9

40

3

40

West Berkshire

16

33

6

30

24

Windsor and Maidenhead

17

23

19

55

12

Hampshire

18

22

17

6

47

Suffolk

19

21

43

4

37

Somerset

20

5

31

28

42

Cornwall

21

11

38

7

55

Bracknell Forest

22

31

19

27

25

Cambridgeshire

23

17

8

67

50

East Sussex

24

18

50

9

40

Shropshire

25

6

40

48

38

Wiltshire

26

8

23

60

38

Norfolk

27

25

37

13

34

Hertfordshire

28

43

33

21

19

Brighton and Hove

29

26

1

70

100

Bath and North East Somerset

30

15

9

98

27

East Riding of Yorkshire

31

73

48

20

8

Leicestershire

32

33

61

14

14

Northumberland

33

35

51

17

23

Gloucestershire

34

10

32

66

43

Bournemouth

35

41

36

15

34

Cheshire West and Chester

36

60

24

47

19

Wirral

37

20

35

16

69

Solihull

38

44

86

29

5

Warwickshire

39

47

60

19

18

Cumbria

40

42

25

61

50

Essex

41

49

55

17

34

Stockport

42

52

10

77

43

North Yorkshire

43

29

17

63

66

Central Bedfordshire

44

38

28

46

68

Trafford

45

70

46

51

19

Cheshire East

46

28

15

75

79

Torbay

47

56

45

43

55

Kent

48

35

34

49

76

Nottinghamshire

49

39

57

36

61

Milton Keynes

50

54

84

11

25

Worcestershire

51

45

59

45

54

Durham

52

63

44

62

43

Warrington

53

77

53

78

17

Reading

54

92

16

82

30

Derbyshire

55

50

47

73

61

Portsmouth

55

65

39

58

63

Bedford

57

27

72

37

74

Swindon

58

58

30

34

90

Staffordshire

59

51

76

68

28

Lincolnshire

60

48

65

25

76

Plymouth

61

59

54

5

103

North Tyneside

62

37

66

56

80

Sefton

63

72

79

87

16

Stockton-on-Tees

64

62

85

52

58

Peterborough

65

52

69

42

93

Halton

66

75

88

39

58

Newcastle upon Tyne

67

85

42

104

63

Redcar and Cleveland

68

86

70

65

58

Northamptonshire

69

67

87

57

69

Southampton

70

82

52

71

91

Greater London

71

69

49

116

53

Southend-on-Sea

72

76

62

53

100

Darlington

73

108

70

86

47

Lancashire

74

98

64

100

55

Gateshead

75

78

81

76

80

Leeds

76

111

58

54

85

Birmingham

77

106

90

72

31

Liverpool

78

91

73

95

65

Medway

79

71

75

74

93

Luton

80

107

109

31

43

Doncaster

81

55

56

92

111

Dudley

82

57

108

110

31

Coventry

83

79

106

59

69

Telford and Wrekin

84

61

115

22

80

North Lincolnshire

85

40

94

32

114

St. Helens

86

65

111

78

72

Thurrock

87

88

100

38

96

Sheffield

88

100

74

94

87

Wakefield

89

90

101

40

99

Derby

90

68

83

88

106

Wigan

91

109

89

89

66

North East Lincolnshire

92

80

80

64

113

Bury

93

102

77

115

76

Blackburn with Darwen

94

82

112

85

85

Kirklees

95

95

98

96

88

Calderdale

96

99

81

109

88

Knowsley

97

46

105

101

111

Rotherham

98

81

114

97

74

Middlesbrough

99

87

103

81

105

Barnsley

100

103

91

90

102

Wolverhampton

101

84

116

111

47

South Tyneside

102

93

96

93

103

Walsall

103

105

113

107

50

Bradford

104

89

99

99

106

Nottingham

105

104

63

113

110

Oldham

106

110

104

114

83

Sunderland

107

74

92

84

118

Tameside

108

114

93

108

93

Bolton

109

101

110

118

72

Slough

110

94

117

106

83

Hartlepool

111

117

95

83

109

Rochdale

112

97

102

117

98

Leicester

113

113

107

105

96

Kingston upon Hull

114

118

78

24

119

Manchester

115

116

68

103

116

Salford

116

111

67

119

115

Stoke-on-Trent

117

96

118

112

106

Sandwell

118

115

119

102

91

Blackpool

119

119

97

80

117

 

Numbers in the table reflect the local authority’s performance in each category (1 is best, 119 is worst).

 

Methodology

The data analysis compares all local authorities in England in terms of their conditions to keep four popular New Year’s resolutions: “Eat more healthily”, “Exercise more”, “Relax more” and “Stop smoking”.

  • “Eat more healthily” includes the proportion of the adult population meeting the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables (‘5-a-day’) on a usual day (source: Public Health England based on Active Lives, Sport England, year: 2016/17) and the density of fastfood outlets (source: Public Health England, Risk Factors Intelligence based on PointX, year: 2014). The more people eating ‘5-a-day’ and the less fast food available, the easier it is to stick with a healthy diet. 
  • “Exercise more” includes the percentage of adults that meet CMO recommendations for physical activity (source: Public Health England, based on Active Lives, Sport England, year: 2016/17) and the percentage of people walking or cycling at least once per week (source: Walking and cycling statistics by the Department for Transport, based on the National Travel Survey and the Active Lives Survey, year: 2017).
  • “Relax more / reduce stress” refers to the average annual number of hours of sunshine (source: Met Office, years: 1981 to 2010;  data refer to the closest weather station), the percentage of the population exposed to road, rail and air transport noise of 65dB(A) or more during the daytime (source: Public Health England based on DEFRA, year: 2011) and the Estimates of Happiness (source: Office for National Statistics based on the Annual Population Survey Personal Well-being, year: 2017/18).
  • “Stop smoking” is based on the current prevalence of smoking among adults (source: Public Health England, based on the Annual Population Survey).

Metrics within the four categories were normalized on a scale of 0 to 100. The final score was created by applying 25% weight to each of the four categories. The analysis was only descriptive. The lower a local authority’s ranking, the better it is.

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