For people wanting to get fit in 2014, fitness experts say a New Year's resolution to get in shape can be an important first step and can increase overall success.
Losing weight and getting fit are among the top five resolutions every year although many good intentions run aground by spring. But the resolution itself carries some power.
Research suggests that success is higher among those who make resolutions, than those who make no resolutions at all.
About 45 percent of North Americans make New Year's resolutions, according to researchers at the University of Scranton. About eight percent achieve their goal.
Experts say with regard to New Year's resolutions, it is important for people to make these goals S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound).
Although the initial motivation might be something intrinsic, like the desire to fit into a smaller size, success is sustained through internal motivation, such as enjoying the feelings associated with working out or eating healthfully.
Unrealistic goals, a lack of positive support and negative family dynamics can wreak havoc on the best of 2014 resolutions.
"Putting yourself first is paramount," experts say. Good advice.
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