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Fitness Director Says Success Starts With Small Goals

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - It's the end of February and if you've already fallen off the wagon and given up on your New Year's resolutions, you're not alone.

Your local YMCA wants to help press the reset button and re-establish your health and fitness goals.

This is the time of year where many people begin to realize they have broken their resolutions and wonder how to get back on track.

A 2013 survey by FranklinCovey revealed that the first resolutions people abandon are losing weight (31 percent) and improving physical fitness (20 percent). According to the survey, getting physically fit, improving health and losing weight remain the top resolutions, yet the same ones people are most likely to fail. So, why do we have so much trouble keeping our resolutions?

The following are four tips Fitness Director, Joy Berwald of the YMCA Westside Branch recommends for getting back on track with your health and fitness goals this year:

  • 1. Set specific and manageable goals. If you want to lose weight, try aiming for goals such as, "I'm going to log my eating and workout habits." Start by observing your eating and workout habits.
  • 2. Start small to change your diet. Remove a single unhealthy food or reduce portion sizes. "Or try adding more water daily. Start with an 8 ounce glass in the morning, then add one at lunch and then one at dinner," said Berwald.
  • 3. If your plans are to start hitting the gym, set a concrete goal. Without one, there's nothing to keep you motivated. Give yourself a set number of days each week.
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