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Mondays Are The Healthiest Day Of The Week, Says New Research

Trying to adopt some healthier habits? You're more likely to succeed at the beginning of the week.
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Got salads and workouts on the brain? It’s probably early in the week, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers analyzed weekly patterns in health-related Google searches originating in the U.S. from 2005 to 2012. On average, they found searches for health topics were 30% more frequent at the beginning of the week versus days later in the week.

“Healthy” Google searches included things like “healthy diet,” the term “healthy,” or anything health-related. The lowest average number of healthy searches occurred on Saturday, which probably comes as no surprise seeing as weekends are classic times to cheat.

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One theory for the pattern is that Monday is seen as a fresh start to most, “akin to a mini New Year’s Day,” comments Joanna Cohen, Ph.D., a co-author of the study. “People tend to indulge in less healthy behaviors on the weekend, so Monday can serve as a ‘health reset’ to get back on track with their health regimens.”

So you're more likely to be healthy on Monday versus Friday--so what?  Knowing when people are more proactive about their health could benefit public health initiatives tremendously. By targeting people on days when they are more willing to adopt healthier behaviors, government-funded programs could yield more success.

Healthy habits have to start somewhere, and it appears you've got a better chance of sticking to your guns if you start off on Monday morning.

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