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New Year, New You: January Is The Best Time To Get Back In Shape

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Every January, many Americans resolve to change their lives for the better, and that means going to the gym, eating healthier foods and getting better sleep. These goals are often as admirable as they are difficult to stick with. The same thing inevitably happens each February: The gyms start to clear out, there's a little more sugar sneaking into each meal, and the late nights start to stack up once again. If you don't want resolution fatigue to happen to you, consider the following three tips to stick to your goals and make way for a new you.

A new you is just around the corner.A new you is just around the corner.

Tip # 1: One at a Time
There might be a lot of changes you want to make this year, but it can be hard to do a complete 180 on every aspect of your life. For example, you might want to quit smoking, start exercising regularly and read more books. Taking on all three resolutions at once might be too much to handle, so it's a good idea to stick to one resolution at a time. It's recommended that you practice sticking to one resolution for at least a month before adding another. In this example, you would probably want to use January to give up smoking, then by the time February comes around you'll be in better condition to start exercising more. Remember: Self-improvement isn't a race. If you take your time, you'll be more likely to succeed.

Tip # 2: It's Better With a Buddy
Resolving to be a better you can be a challenge, especially if you're working alone. Make things a little easier by getting one or more of your friends involved. Not only can you give each other emotional support, but you'll also be more accountable to one another. Push each other to stick to your resolutions and work hard every day. And for even more support, grab your digital buddy, the nuyu™ Activity Tracker. It will make your progress more noticeable and provide a record of the strides you've made.

Sticking to a resolution requires patience and determination.Sticking to a resolution requires patience and determination.

Tip # 3: Plan For Slip Ups
Even with the best intentions, accidents can happen. Sometimes you'll miss a day at the gym or give in to those sugar cravings. If this happens, don't give up! Too often, a slip up is treated as a complete failure - but this isn't true. If this happens to you, simply admit to yourself that you slipped up and resolve to be better next time. Then go back to your plan - one little mistake or accident shouldn't be enough to ruin your resolution.