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Advice from the professionals on keeping your fitness goals


Health and wellness.  Chances are if you made a resolution for 2013, they revolve around this topic.

It's easy to say, "I'm going to eat better in the new year" or "I'm going to get back in the gym" but when it comes down to it, health goals are anything but simple.

"Write down maybe for 3 or 4 days exactly what you're eating and look at some things that you really want to focus on," said Shirley Poole, SwedishAmerican Clinical Dietician.

Look at your plate.  You might be eating all the right foods in the wrong portions.  That slab of meat looks great but maybe it shouldn't cover your whole plate.

"Realistically it should be a small portion of the plate with the rest of the plate being mainly vegetables and some grain products," said Poole.

And be conscious of what your eating; the kids are watching.

"If you're modeling good behavior and eating appropriate foods and allow your children to make some choices.  You know, not everyone likes the same sort of vegetables but allow them to express their opinions."

What better way to start out 2013 than supplementing your new eating habits with some physical fitness?

"Daily exercise.  It's important to try to get that as part of the routine.  As you know, it takes a long time to get engrained in a new regimen," said Dr. Eric Trautmann, a family doctor at Swedes.

The key here is deliberation.

"Carving that small amount of time in the schedule to do the exercise isn't so easy," said Trautmann.

While calorie counting may not be your thing, it has it's perks.  

"You need about a 500 calorie deficit per day, to lose about a pound of weight per week.  That translates into about a half hour of walking plus 250 calories fewer in the day and that usually will result in about a pound of weight loss per week."

And in case you're wondering, stopping smoking, also dealing with health and wellness, tops the resolution list for many people.

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