New Year's resolutions and how to keep them

By: Lanetra Bennett I WCTV Eyewitness News
December 31, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The most common New Year's resolutions are exercise more and lose weight.

Tallahassee resident Joshua G. made a resolution last year to work out, and he actually stuck with it. He said he had a system.

"Find a friend or cousin to drag to the gym with you and make them do it with you. Have someone to try to help motivate you. That's what I did," he said.

A Nielsen survey says about one-third of Americans resolved this year to lose weight and work out. However, a University of Vermont study says while shoppers pick out more healthy food to go with those resolutions, they also keep buying holiday favorites and junk food in the new year.

FSU Professor Pamela Keel says when it comes to losing weight, it's better to lose the critical thoughts about your body. She says when people feel good about their bodes, they're more likely to take better care of themselves.

Tallahassee resident Jason Maron says he's been working out regularly for eight years.

"Once you start to get that devotion and start working out and start seeing changes, then you'll pick it up very easily and you'll be able to go and actually enjoy working out," he explained.

Other top resolutions include getting organized, learning a new skill or hobby, living life to the fullest, saving money, quitting smoking, spending more time with family and friends, traveling more and reading more.

Kaisa Van Derkooi, a Tallahassee resident, said, "I need to get more organized and I just need to cut down on frivolous spending and try to pinch a penny where I can."

Tallahassee resident Stacy Hawkins said, "Typical, getting back on track and eating healthy. Just going to have a good year and eating healthy."

Experts say to help keep your resolutions you should start small, change one behavior at a time, talk about it, don't beat yourself up and ask for support.

It's also suggested you automate where you can. Take advantage of technology and use the countless apps to help remind you of your resolutions.

Experts say you should review your resolutions regularly. If you fall off, just get back on it quickly.

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