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Keeping Your New Year's Fitness Resolution

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As 2013 winds down, many people will resolve to change some aspect of their lives.

Losing weight is the number one New Year's resolution this year, according to a recent article in the 'Journal of Clinical Psychology'.

Getting organized, saving more money, and enjoying life round out the top four.

But researchers have found that only eight percent of people are successful in sticking with their resolutions.

Local fitness experts say, if exercising more is your goal, it can be easier to stick with that resolution if you go into it with the right attitude.

Two Rivers YMCA Wellness Coordinator Diana Krakovec says it's very easy to get down about an exercise program if they go into expecting immediate results.

"The body is not designed to give a person immediate results. It's designed to be cautious, evaluate this new thing the person is doing," she explained.

Kravovec says many people also doom themselves to burn out by putting too much effort into their lifestyle change.

"A misconception people believe is that they have to do it everyday, or they're going to be a failure, and that's just not the case," she said.

Resolving to be healthier doesn't mean spending all your free time at the gym. Kravovec says exercise is important, but so is examining what you do outside the gym.

Eating lousy food and sitting on the couch don't help.

"Substituting a high fat product for a baked product, it's a simple thing sometimes," Kravovec suggested.

Another common mistake for people who resolve to get fit in the new year is not being patient enough.

Krakovec says you should give a new program 90 days. That's enough time to get used to working out more and eating healthier.

"If they can stick it out for 90 days, they'll start to feel the energy improve, see what that resolution looks like, and then continue that journey throughout the year," Krakovec said.

Her biggest piece of advice: Find something you enjoy doing. Doing 700 sit-ups a day will get you some results, but those sit-ups start looking the same pretty quickly.

The key is "really finding something that you truly enjoy doing so that it doesn't seem like drudgery," she said.

 

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