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New Year's resolution: Moderation is key

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It always starts with good intentions, but its hard to keep up with the resolution of shaping up.

Columbus' Gold's Gym Manager, Reginald Mobley, says he sees a spike in memberships in January.  "They've been thinking about it all year, so now it's time to get into that size 8 dress and you wear a 10, and hopefully make a life style change."

Peggy Vaquer just began working out again after a 6 month hiatus from the gym. 

"By the time you get to be my age, its not an option anymore, we all need it, I need a better quality of life," says Vaquer.

No matter what your age, keeping the New Year's resolution up past January is tough.

Mobley says a big problem is people getting burnt out, "it took you 5 years to get where you are, it's not going to reverse itself in 30 minutes. So, you have to be committed.

So, the first piece of advice, practice moderation. Start out hitting the gym 3 or 4 times a week.

Experts say the number one way to resolve your resolution is to stay accountable.

The best way to do that is work out with a partner, or join a fitness class.

Vaquer has hired a trainer to keep her on her toes, "just being accountable to someone would help."

And, if you use the excuse that you just don't have the time, or that you're too tired, Mobley has a cure for that too.

"Most people say they only have 15-20 minutes. Well, you can spend that on the treadmill, or doing a circuit. Or, you could spend that 15-20 on the couch resulting in old habits."

 With the New Year right around the corner, it's the perfect time to break those bad habits.


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