Singapore’s Most Popular Fitness Resolutions For 2011

January 1, 2011

Image of woman doing fitness trainingAs 2010 finally came to an end, many of us over here in Singapore are still drawing up or pondering over our New Year’s fitness resolutions and goals for 2011.

For the majority of us – Singaporeans – fitness resolutions have indeed become a part and parcel of our lives, so much so that we – at Singapore Fitness Professionals Network –  have decided for once, to find out for ourselves what the most popular and most common fitness resolutions that people in Singapore have.

After a period of impromptu street surveys, online research, feedback from fellow fitness professionals, recreational fitness enthusiasts and probing even our own extended network of relations, we have compiled the following list of what we think are some of the most popular and most common fitness resolutions here in Singapore (in order of popularity and responses):

1) Lose Weight

Not much of a surprise here – as losing weight comes up as #1 of the most-mentioned fitness resolutions that Singaporeans have. Whether it is a case of people being generally dissatisfied with their own body weight, or feeling guilty of their over-indulgences over the year-end festive season, or have been medically advised to lose weight (which is again no surprise considering the recent reports of obesity among Singaporeans), fat loss pursuits ranks as a top priority among the Singapore population.  

2) Exercise More

Resolving to exercise more comes in a close 2nd as the most popular answer given by people when asked about their fitness resolutions. Generally, Singaporeans are still quite a sedentary lot, and it’s heartening to know that more people are waking up to this fact and aiming to do something about it. Of course, our local health authorities have also played a large part in this: by convincing people – via the different Media – of the importance of exercise and leading an active lifestyle.

3) Get Outdoors

Getting outdoors for physical activities also got a fair share of votes for new year resolutions as it comes in a strong 3rd in our polls and research. It certainly seems that more and more people in Singapore are recognizing the benefits of fresh air and sunshine on one’s health. Perhaps it has something to do with Singapore being the host to a number of  international outdoor sporting events in recent years, or the recent proliferation of new parks and park connectors throughout the island, or the growing popularity of outdoor small group exercise classes; whatever it is, it seems that an increasing number of people are now planning to take their fitness lifestyles to the Great Outdoors.

4) Join An Exercise Class

With the surge in commercial group fitness classes which offer anything from BodyCombat to Zumba Aerobics to Pole Dancing, it is no wonder that joining an exercise class ranks pretty high on Singaporeans’ fitness resolutions too. Whether it ‘s just the sheer variety of choices, or mere peer/social pressure, or the ingenious marketing efforts of fitness corporations, being a member of a group fitness class has pretty much become a “cool” thing to do nowadays!

5) Engage A Trainer

With a greater awareness of the availability of professional fitness services, and the growing financial means among Singaporeans to tap upon this pool of knowledge and expertise, more and more people are now opening up to the idea of engaging a private or personal fitness coach for themselves – to accelerate their fitness progress. Though nothing new in itself, engaging a private trainer has actually taken on an added twist in recent years as  more people are looking beyond just engaging a personal fitness trainer to taking on other complementary private fitness services as well, such as sourcing for a personal Pilates instructor, a personal Yoga teacher, or even a personal Nutritionist! Whatever it is, engaging a personal or private coach ranks pretty high too on people’s New Year’s wish list!     

Via our findings, we have also uncovered other common fitness-related resolutions such as wanting to quit smoking, to drink less, to beef up or even to sleep more, but by far and large, the above 5 fitness resolutions rank as the most popular and common here in Singapore.

Well, there you have it – do feel free to let us know what you think of our findings, or perhaps, even share with us your very own fitness resolutions for the New Year too!

On behalf of all here at – Your Ever-Friendly Singapore Fitness Directory – we would like to wish all our readers a GREAT year ahead!