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Sticking to New Year's ResolutionsSubmitted: 02/21/2012
Story By Kailey Burton

RHINELANDER - We're about 2 months into 2012, and now is the time when many New Year's resolutions fall apart... if they haven't already.

Yet there are some people who make it work. So what's the secret to keeping a resolution?

They seem to be a rare breed, people who actually keep their New Year's Resolutions. So what's their secret?

"The good old buddy system works the best... It's most successful if you make the resolution with say, a group. That way if one in your group starts falling behind, you give them a call and say ‘hey, you know , we're really trying to make this happen this year. Let's get back in there," says Chris Cook, Wellness Director for YMCA of the Northwoods.

If a friendly guilt trip isn't quite enough, or you'd rather fly solo, seeing the results as you work toward your goal could be the best motivator.

"They love it, they're excited, they want to keep coming back for more. They come back maybe instead of two days a week, they're coming three and four, and you're seeing them almost every day," says Stephanie Ruckheim, a personal trainer with YMCA of the Northwoods.

Another key to success could be your perspective. Looking at your health as an investment could help you put fitness goals first.

"The first thing people cut out of budgets for financial reasons, or time constraints, is their health and well-being. And when you look at the grand scheme of things, the ultimate investment is how long you want to be around here," says Cook.

Another key may be to start small. Over-doing it in the beginning means your less likely to stick with a change for the long-haul.

"Maybe they came in a little too strong and had too big of a goal. Maybe shorten their time in the gym. Sometimes people spend even too much time, I mean you can spend too much time in here," says Ruckheim.

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