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As the New Year draws closer, so are the many New Year's resolution for the athletes world over.

It is a tradition, most common in the Western hemisphere but is gradually becoming global.

These are promises which a person makes to do an act of self-improvement or something different compared to the previous year.

Local sporting athletes are likely to embark on the rituals of fitness or just getting in shape by hitting the gym burning that extra holiday lipids and work on the outlook for a more rejuvenated body.

Sportone spoke to several soccer, hockey, rugby and basketball players and while most talked about the masculine looks, a small percentage said whatever that obliterates unnecessary habits.

The consensus though is resolution is only made to be broken and that within weeks if not earlier.

According to Wikipedia most common reason for participants failing their New Years' Resolutions was setting themselves unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% didn't keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it.

About one in 10 respondents claimed they made too many resolutions.

Popular resolutions include:

•Improve physical well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, stop biting nails, get rid of old bad habits.

•Improve mental well-being: think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life.

•Improve finances: get out of debt, save money, make small investments.

•Improve career: perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business.

•Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often, read more books, improve talents.

•Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games.

•Take a trip.

•Volunteer to help others, practice life skills, use civic virtue, give to charity, volunteer to work part-time in a charity organization.

•Get along better with people, improve social skills, enhance social intelligence.

•Make new friends.

•Spend quality time with family members.

•Settle down, get engaged/get married, have kids.

•Pray more, be closer to God, be more spiritual.

•Be more involved in sports or different activities.


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