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Keeping New Year's fitness resolution

Alisa Marinelli Alisa Marinelli

The New Year brings the promise to resolve to do, well, something. For many people that something is to lose weight. It's actually the number one resolution people make. But analysts say about 90 percent of people who make a New Year's resolution break them. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't go for it.

Some resolutions are sweet.

"To spend more time with my beloved girlfriend," says Rob Wilhelmi.

Some are intense.

"My New Year's resolution is to stop eating sugar," say Ann Raht.

But every New Year people resolve to make some sort of change and for most Americans that's to their bodies.

"Just to add muscle and lose weight," say Sloane Geary.

"Drink more water and exercise more often," says Jackie Baxter.

Before you jump into any major program one Peak Fitness instructor suggests taking things slow.

"Don't do too much weight, don't do too much because everybody makes the mistake of coming in so quickly, you get so sore and then you get discouraged and you don't want to come back. So start easy, take it one step at a time," says Alisa Marinelli, Peak Fitness Instructor.

Health experts say do not sabotage yourself by setting unrealistic goals like trying to lose 50 pounds in a month.  Instead think small, like resolving to walk 30 minutes every day for a week. Then work up to something bigger.

"I think a goal is a great way to stay focused so if you decide its a weight goal or you want to get involved in a 5k or you want to get involved in some of our triathlons internally, a goal is a great thing," says Marinelli

One doctor from NBC News suggests the best thing you can do for your health is get a check-up to make sure your blood pressure, cholesterol and fat levels are normal. And don't be afraid to visit a nutritionist to figure out what you should eat to lose weight.

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