Tips for keeping your New Year's resolution

Tips for keeping your New Year's resolution

The start of a new year gives people the opportunity to start with a new slate, so thousands of people will kick off the start of 2018 with a resolution.

A recent poll shows only about 56 percent of people are expected to follow through with their commitment, so we met with experts on how to set achievable goals to meet your expectations in the new year.

Harold Sproles will be among the thousands that make a resolution this year.

"I want to lose weight. I want to attend church, read my Bible more, be a better person toward mankind," Sproles said.

According to a Marist poll, being a better person and weight loss top resolutions set for 2018.

Cathy Powell said, "Just keep up my bills and be happy. That's the man thing. I've got good friends, so keep them happy by helping them."

Lee Campbell sees a 60 percent jump in membership every year from January to March at his gym, Body by Lee.

"A lot of people will join a group fitness class to have a little bit of motivation. A lot of people will come in and hire a personal trainer," Campbell said.

Campbell has spent nearly two decades as personal trainer with more than 20,000 clients.  He said a couple of tips can keep people motivated.

Workout with a partner. Keep a consistent nutritional plan. Celebrate small achievements.

"Set a small increment goal: 5 pounds, 10 pounds. Once you hit that, set a new goal of 5 pounds, 10 pounds. Keep the consistency going and keep moving on," Campbell said.

You do not have to join a gym to maintain those healthy habits.

"If you don't have weights at home, you can use soup cans. You can use milk jugs, anything with some weight that you've got at home," Campbell said.

Another top resolution is kicking the smoking habit.

"Smoking is more than just the chemical addiction, which is a very strong addiction. There is also the psychological component to the addiction. The cigarette essentially becomes a stress reliever for a lot of people. It's their go to when they have a trigger," Cardiologist Dr. John Patterson said.

Dr. Patterson says it is crucial for people who want to quit smoking to have an alternative outlet for stress.

"Most people have to wean themselves off of the chemical dependency of the nicotine, so patches, gum, different methods for getting that nicotine supplement to be able to wean off of the medication," Dr. Patterson said.

He said setting a final quitting date can serve as additional motivation.

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