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Helpful Tips for Keeping Your Fitness New Year Resolutions From Fox Run

January 8, 2013

 NOVI,MI (January 8, 2013) -- If your New Year's resolution is to take better care of yourself and get healthy, here are some helpful tips from Michael McCormick, the Executive Director at Fox Run retirement community in Novi, MI, , to help you succeed.
1. Be Realistic
The surest way to fall short on your goals is to set them to impossible heights. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is bound to set yourself up for failure. Instead, strive for something attainable, like not eating your favorite food as often.
2. Make a Plan to Deal with Temptations
Decide how you will handle the temptations that may arise. For instance, if you feel like skipping that exercise class or having that piece of cake call on a friend for help, give yourself a pep talk, or remind yourself how it will affect your goal. Also, make a "Pros & Cons" list. Keep this list on you and refer to it to keep you motivated.
3. Talk About It Don't keep your resolution a secret.
Tell your friends and family, who will be there to support you, that you are trying to improve your health and wellbeing. The best case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year's resolution and motivate each other.
4. Track Your Progress and Reward Yourself
Short-term goals are easier to keep and each accomplishment will keep you motivated. Keep a journal to track what you eat and record each small success you have. Focus on losing 5 lbs rather than 30 lbs, and reward yourself. Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that won't contradict with your resolution. If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend.
5. Stick to It and Always Keep Trying
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won't happen overnight, so be persistent and patient. Obsessing over the occasional slip won't help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can and take one day at a time. If you have totally run out of steam by mid-February, don't worry. Start over again. Recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. The 24-hour increments will soon build on each other and, before you know it, you will be back on track.