5 Of The Best Ads To Inspire Your New Year’s Resolutions

What’s your 2018 resolution?

As 2017 winds down, people everywhere are taking stock of their lives and mapping out how to improve themselves in 2018. It’s no shock that a 2015 Nielsen survey found the top two New Year’s resolutions are “staying fit and healthy” and to “lose weight.”

While most people wake up on January 1 with the best intentions, the drive to improve oneself often wanes after about six weeks. A study by U.S. News found that 80% of people break their New Year’s resolutions by Valentine’s Day.


To give GOOD Sports’ readers a little extra inspiration to get healthy in 2018, we’ve compiled a list of some great, inspiring TV commercials. Even though commercials are created for the purpose of either selling products or building the public’s emotional ties to a brand, that doesn’t mean they aren’t great at inspiring people. In fact, commercials often have to be incredibly inspiring to convince people to plunk down $150 on a pair sneakers.


“Boxing Makes You Bigger” — Everlast

Many ads on this list are focused on inspiring people to put in the work to become more healthy, but this ad is inspiring in another way. The child boxer in the ad is clearly a great athlete with tremendous drive, but this spot focuses on the power of a boxer’s heart. A true fighter knows how to be humble in his abilities and when not to use violence


“Find Your Greatness: The Jogger” — Nike

“Greatness — it’s just something we made up,” the announcer whispers as a 200-pound middle-schooler comes jogging up the desolate road. “Somehow we’ve come to believe that greatness is a gift reserved for a chosen few.”

Nike’s “The Jogger” ad aired during the 2012 Olympics and features an exhausted 12-year-old boy using every last bit of energy he has to keep running. Although some criticized the ad for fat-shaming the boy, others saw his agonizing fight to overcome obesity as inspiring. According to Nike, the ad’s purpose was “to inspire and energize everyday athletes everywhere to celebrate their achievements, participate and enjoy the thrill of an athletic lifestyle.”

“Dare” — Saga

Although this ad is for an apparel line, it has an inspiring message about overcoming fear. In the ad, a woman shies away from various activities throughout her life: performing in front of a panel, going out in the sea, posing nude, and giving a presentation in a meeting. But when faced with the ultimate challenge, she overcomes her fear and confronts everything she was avoiding.

What fears stand between you and your resolution?

“Instant Karma!” — Nike

In 1987, Nike released an ad featuring The Beatles’ song “Revolution,” and it became an instant classic. In 1992, Nike went back to the Lennon well for another ad; this time using his 1970 solo hit “Instant Karma!” Lennon’s music often called for humanity to reach for its potential, whether through visualization (“Imagine”) or action (“Give Peace A Chance”). In this ad, Lennon passionately screams “We all shine on” as everyday people strive to be their best, and it merged perfectly with Nike’s “Just Do It” ethos.

Side note: The ad was directed by David Fincher, who would go on to direct “Se7en,” “Fight Club,” and “The Social Network.”

“Impossible Is Nothing: Ali vs. Ali” — Adidas

“Impossible isn’t a fact, it’s an opinion,” the commercial’s narrator and co-star, Laila Ali, says while archival footage shows her father, Mohammed Ali, entering the boxing ring. Then, through the magic of CGI, Mohammed Ali’s opponent removes their robe and we see it’s Laila. “What do you think I’m gonna do when they say women can’t box?” she asks before landing a punch on her father, dropping him back a few steps.

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"Seventy percent of the Earth is covered with water, now you camp on it!" proudly declares Smithfly on the website for its new camping boat — the Shoal Tent.

Why have we waited so long for camping equipment that actually lets us sleep on the water? Because it's an awful idea, that's why.

"The world is your waterbed," Smithfly says on its site. But the big difference is that no one has ever had to worry about falling asleep and then drowning on their waterbed.

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While it is possible that one could wade into the water, unzip the tent, have a pleasant slumber, and wake up in the morning feeling safe and refreshed, there are countless things that could go terribly wrong.

The tent could float down the river and you wake up in the middle of nowhere.

You could have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

This guy.

It could spring a leak and you could drown while wrapped up in eight feet of heavy nylon.

A strong current could tip the tent-boat over.

There isn't any way to steer the darn thing.

This guy.

Mashable shared a charming video of the tent on Twitter and it was greeted with a chorus of people sharing the many ways one could die while staying the night in the Shoal Tent.

Oh yeah, it's expensive, too.

Even though the general public seems to think the Shoal Tent is a terrible idea, according to the Smithfly's website, it's currently sold out due to "popular demand" and it will be "available in 6-8 weeks." Oh, and did we mention it costs $1,999?

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There are few more perniciously dangerous conspiracy theories being shared online than the idea that vaccines cause autism.

This has led to a decline in Americans vaccinating their children, resulting in a massive increase in measles. This year has already seen over 1,200 cases of measles, a disease that was eradicated in the U.S. nearly 20 years ago.

A 2015 Pew Research study found that 83% of Americans think the measles vaccine is safe, while 9% think it's not. Another 7% are not sure. But when you look at the polls that include parents of minors, the numbers get worse, 13% believe that the measles vaccine is unsafe.

There is zero truth to the idea that vaccines cause autism. In fact, a recent study of over 650,000 children found there was no link whatsoever.

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A great example of the lack of critical thinking shown by anti-vaxxers was a recent exchange on Facebook shared to Imgur by zoezimmm.

A parent named Kenleigh at a school in New Mexico shared a photo of a sign at reads: "Children will not be enrolled unless an immunization record is presented and immunizations are up-to-date."

This angered a Facebook user who went on a senseless tirade against vaccinations.

"That's fine, I'll just homeschool my kids," she wrote. At least they won't have to worry about getting shot up in school or being bullied, or being beat up / raped by the teachers!"

To defend her anti-vaccination argument, she used a factually incorrect claim that Amish people don't vaccinate their children. She also incorrectly claimed that the MMR vaccine is ineffective and used anecdotal evidence from her and her father to claim that vaccinations are unnecessary.

She also argued that "every human in the world is entitled to their own opinion." Which is true, but doesn't mean that wildly incorrect assumptions about health should be tolerated.

She concluded her argument with a point that proves she doesn't care about facts: "It doesn't matter what you say is not going to change my mind."

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While the anti-vaxxer was incorrect in her points, it must also be pointed out that some of the people who argued with her on Facebook were rude. That should never be tolerated in this type of discourse, but unfortunately, that's the world of social media.

Here's the entire exchange:

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The post received a ton of responses on imgur. Here are just a few:

"'In my opinion...' 'I believe...' That's not how facts work."

"You're entitled to your opinion. And everyone else is entitled to call you a dumbass."

"'What I do with my children is no concern to you at all.' Most of the time, true. When your kid might give mine polio, not true."

"If my child can't bring peanut butter, your child shouldn't bring preventable diseases."

It's important to call out people who spread dangerous views, especially how they pertain to health, on social media. But people should do so with respect and civility.

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Throughout the war, over 210,000 people would be imprisoned in Lodz.

Among those held captive was Henryk Ross. He was a Jewish sports photographer before the Nazi invasion and worked for the the ghetto's Department of Statistics during the war. As part of his official job, he took identification photos of the prisoners and propaganda shots of Lodz' textile and leather factories.

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