More than 50% of Americans make fitness related New Year's Resolution – only 20% succeed
"We see it every year, everyone sticks to their resolution for a few weeks, maybe a month but eventually they slip back into their bad habits," said
Smooth Fitness offers a few tips for the start of a healthy year and ways to stick to your
-- Set a realistic goal - Resolving to look like a supermodel is not realistic for the majority of people but eating healthier and increasing daily physical activity certainly is possible.
-- Develop a plan of attack - Determine your goals and specify how you will achieve them. Be specific. "Exercise" isn't a specific plan, but running for 20 minutes each morning is a plan. It is also helpful to set milestones you plan to reach throughout the year rather than just one overall goal. It is much less intimidating to attempt to achieve a series of small goals throughout the year than one lofty goal that seems far out of reach.
-- Adjust your diet accordingly - Drink more water. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Take a daily vitamin. Substitute sugar and flour with Splenda and whole grains. A well-balanced diet will be crucial to reaching your fitness goals.
-- Do the little things - Take the stairs instead of using the elevator. Park further away from the office building. Do a few jumping-jacks during television commercial breaks. You'll be amazed with how quickly all the little things begin to add up.
-- Don't go it alone - Everyone needs a little help from time to time. Ask friends and family to participate in your resolution. You can also enlist the help of a professional fitness trainer.
-- Celebrate your successes - When you reach a milestone, reward yourself with something special. This doesn't mean having a big piece of cake because you lost 5 pounds. Try something non-food related like a professional massage or round of golf.
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