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Find you're having trouble making yourself workout on a regular basis? Try joining a team or group. Not only will you have the encouragement of others, but it's harder to not exercise if you've committed to it.

Create milestones on your way to your overall goal. Whether your trying to lose 50 pounds or wanting to run a marathon, setting milestones that you can celebrate on the way to your overall goal will keep you motivated; every time you lose another 10 pounds, every time you can run 5 km further, reward yourself.

Did you know that studies have shown that Type 2 Diabetes can be delayed and even prevented? One of the biggest modifiable risk factors of type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese. By changing your lifestyle (exercise and diet) you can significantly delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Obesity in midlife makes you 3.5 times more likely to experience Alzheimer’s

When it comes to New Year's Resolutions, or any goal, don't wait for motivation before you begin working towards it. Many think to themselves that they'll start working out when they are well rested and have the energy. It doesn't work that way, start working out first even if it's just 10 minutes, and as you see the results you're motivation will come.

Another trick for keeping your New Year's Resolution, find an alternative behavior to those that you wish to change. Do you smoke to relax? What else can you do to relax you? Do you eat when you're bored? What else can you do when you're bored instead?

Another way to make your New Year's Resolution seem more achievable is to break one big goal into smaller ones. Saying you want to lose 50 pounds sounds like quite the daunting task... how about focusing on losing a pound a week? Sounds a lot more manageable doesn't it?

Want to keep your New Year's Resolution this year? Make a plan! Rather than just picking a resolution, decide how you're going to achieve it. Instead of just saying "I'm going to keep my place cleaner" decide how you're going to do that; "I'm going to wash dishes right after every meal instead of letting them pile up, I'm going to do a quick tidy every night before I go to bed etc."

Describing your New Year's Resolution in positive terms has a great effect on how likely you are to accomplish it. You'd be surprised that something as simple as saying "I want to quit smoking" as opposed to "I don't want to smoke anymore" can actually make a difference.

Be specific with your New Year's Resolution. Setting a specific, measurable goal will help you to better achieve your desired results. Rather than saying you want to lose weight, say that you want to lose a certain number of pounds or inches, by a certain date and outline how you plan on doing that. Remember to be realistic.

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