With all the feasts and festivities also comes the dreaded post-holiday weight gain. Many take on the weight-loss New Year's Resolution route, but tend to fall off their plan a few months later. Don't be one of those persons. Keep your New Year's Resolutions all year long. In fact, make your New Year's Resolutions last forever.
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Here are 10 tips to help you start the year off on the right track...and keep it for a lifetime.
1. Pick Out a Gym
Is it close to work, home or school? Is childcare provided? Are the hours of operation are convenient? Use these factors to help you determine which facility is most convenient and will help you stay on track.
Helpful Hint: Don't sign up for a gym that is more than 15 minutes from your home because after a long day of work, you may be tempted to skip the gym since it's not conveniently located.
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2. Is the Price Reasonable?
Always, always, always read the fine print. Gyms have great deals around this time of year, but there might be hidden fees. Make sure you understand the contract and ask a lot of questions.
3. Discover What Activities You Enjoy
If you love working out at home find online or in-store deals on fitness DVDs, workout equipment and accessories. If you prefer a more social environment, then check out some group fitness classes or team sports. If you love swimming, find a facility with an indoor/outdoor pool.
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4. Create Your Schedule
Focus on a facility or program that accommodates your life. This is your program, you call the shots. Decide on how you will make the time to work out, plan your meals, and prepare your meals.
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