1. 5 Tips to help keep your fitness resolutions

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    It is not even halfway through January and you may already feel your New Year’s resolutions slipping. Fitness expert and nutrition specialist, Joey Thurman, founder of The Lifestyle Renovation, has a few reasons why “resolutions” are so hard to keep. 

    So instead of giving up why not think about adjusting your goals. “When folks approach the New Year with a goal, any goal,” Joey says, “they often don’t think big enough … Instead of aiming to look good in a bikini or eating fewer carbs, resolve to adjust the things in your life that cause you to turn to food for comfort.”

    Here are Joey’s tips to help you keep and set better fitness goals for 2015: 

    Set the right goal

    This might seem intuitive, but it’s a critical first step. “This is about setting realistic goals that address the problems you want to fix most,” says Joey. “So, if you want to eat healthy, start by resolving to substitute unhealthy desserts for fruit. That way, you’re making smaller changes that will have a bigger impact.”

    Lose the negativity:

    Although you may have tried and failed in the past, this is now, and you can do it. “When people think about failure, they set themselves up for failure,” says Thurman. Think positive thoughts about your resolutions each morning, and that positivity will stick with you all day long.

    Rid yourself of enablers

    Everyone has that one friend that encourages them to eat unhealthy food or skip the gym. “Be up front with the enablers in your life,” suggests Joey. “Let them know your goals and ask them to be supportive or stop hanging out with them.”

    Stay accountable

    Whether it’s working with a fitness coach or tracking progress on an app with friends, accountability is the key to success. “When my clients aren’t accountable to someone else, they often rationalize cheating on their resolutions, which is a very slippery slope.”

    Celebrate your successes

    Setting goals only works if you celebrate your success. “Achieving milestones is something to be proud of and celebrate,” says Joey. “Plan how you want to celebrate and do so with vigor. Then, get back to work the next day.”

    New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be recipes for failure, and renovating one’s lifestyle can be beneficial to folks in every stage of life.