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8 Tips On How to Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution

By Janet Zappala

It’s the New Year, which means it’s time for a new start on the road to a new you. Exercise is easier to start than stick with. But if you approach staying active in a common sense way, chances are you will stick to your resolution.

Keep It Simple

First, keep it simple. Do what you can when you can. You don’t have to carve out a chunk of time. Instead grab a few minutes here and ther,e walk around your work during your lunch break, get up a few minutes earlier so you can squeeze in a set of push-ups or squats or even a few laps on that stationary bike or treadmill.

Don’t Think About It

Don’t think about it so much. You think that you’re too tired, have no time, or little energy. It’s all about being fit and happy and if you’re up and moving with people you enjoy — even better! Misery loves company. Seriously, you’ll actually have fun while helping one another stay healthy.  You’ll reduce your cholesterol, your risk of diabetes and other illnesses.

Nearly Any Venue Will Do

The gym works for a lot of people, but it’s not the only venue for getting in shape. Wherever and whenever you can get up and move.

Keep Moving

Drive less, walk more, mix it up! Rotate among several activities that you really have fun with whether it’s jogging, cycling, tennis, swimming a variety of sports will keep you interested. You’ll be working different muscle groups in the process.

Start Something New

Now could be the perfect time to learn a new sport or workout or exercise routine I can hear those recreational centers and health clubs calling your name.

Take It Slow

If you’re afraid you may hurt yourself take it slow with an easy walking program. As you become more confident, you can add more exercise to that. Sample some exercise classes for beginners. Having an expert help you in the beginning is also a good idea, they can keep an eye on your movements and see where your strengths lie.

Set Realistic Goals

Don’t forget to set realistic goals, make it easy on yourself, and try 30 minutes a day three days a week to start. Build up from there when you and your body are ready.

Stick With It

If you’re already making moving a priority, stick with it, you’re an inspiration to us all. Remember, if you’re just starting to exercise make sure you check with your doctor first. Surround yourself with a good support system, remind those around you of the many benefits of exercise then take them along for a spin.

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