One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to commit to an exercise plan. Gym memberships inevitably increase the beginning of January. If you're like most people, you'll be eager to get started. But keeping it up is the biggest challenge. The following tips may help you stay on target:
Track your progress. Notice each small success you make toward reaching your long-term goal. Short-term objectives are easier to keep, and small accomplishments will help you stay motivated. Instead of being focused on competing in a marathon, why don't you begin by jogging a couple of times a week.
Stick to your plan. Obsessing about the occasional slip won't help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can and take one day at a time. Be patient as you let a new activity, like exercising, become a habit. And before long, your new healthy routine will become second-nature.
Keep trying. If you run out of steam by mid-February, don't despair. Start all over again - set another goal to get your body in better shape. There's no reason you can't make a new resolution any time of the year.
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