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How to Stay Motivated to Keep Your Resolutions

Whether it is working out, eating more healthy or better time management, you can be more successful if you remember why you started in the first place.

It takes 21 days to make a habit. So, those of you who resolved to do better in 2013 may be feeling about ready to give up. But don't. Stick with it. And if your resolution was to be more fit, continue to brave the crowds at the gyms and outlast them.

There are a variety of tips out there to keep you on track and motivated.

Simplefitnesssolutions.com offers a number of tips to keep going. Here are our favorites:

  1. Write down the reasons you began this journey on an index card and put it where you can see it every day.
  2. Figure out what is getting in your way to getting your goal - improve your time management.
  3. Focus on short-term goals; don't get discouraged by progress moving slower than you would like.
  4. Create a support system.

If you are specifically trying to get fit or stay healthy, the following tips are specific to those goals.

Both simplefitnessolutions.com and WeightWatchers.com agree that finding an exercise buddy, or someone to whom you can be accountable is a great motivator. The Weight Watchers Web site also suggests that you start slowly and pick an exercise you like. Don't give up too quickly on your spin or Zumba or other approach, give each of them about three weeks. But if you really don't like it, give something else a try.

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