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Starting the new year off in a healthier mindset, and living more health-conscious all year long, can be a very positive change in both your life and the life of your entire family. Therefore, to get you started with being healthier and more active, here are five tips for starting your year off right:

1. Make Small, Gradual Changes  

One of the reasons why many people often give up on their New Year's resolutions just a few weeks in is because they made too drastic of changes or because they are trying to keep up with too many at once. If you stack on your resolutions too high, you are much more likely to want to cheat or give up, rather than just starting slow and gradually. Therefore, don't jump into 3 changes at once. Stick with one resolution for a few weeks until it has become a habit, then slowly add one or two more until they all become part of your routine.  

2. Write Down your Resolutions 

Resolutions can be a great way to start off the new year, but it is oh so easy to proclaim these resolutions and never act on them. To kick off the new year, write down your goals and resolutions and hang them somewhere you will see them every day such as the fridge, bathroom mirror or in your car. Writing down your goals will help you visual and hold accountability for yourself! 

3. Make Food and Fitness Changes A Family Affair  

If you try to make a drastic health food or fitness changes all by yourself, it will be much harder for you to maintain when you see your friends and family pigging out on all of your favorite desserts or snacks. Therefore, why not get the whole family involved in your resolutions? People who make changes as part of a group are much more likely to stick with them in the long run, and then your family will also be able to benefit from the many health changes that you are undergoing together.  

4. Find What Works for You 

Exercise doesn't always have to be hard work. Sometimes it can be fun, exciting and thrilling! It all just depends on what type of exercise or physical activity you are participating in. The Dallas YMCA offers a number of family-friendly fitness activities, such as family camps or sports leagues, that will have your entire family excited to participate. You can also try out group exercise classes and personal training offered by the Y. It is important to get involved with the family but also take time for yourself and find a group that will support and challenge you. Plus, when exercise is more fun, you are much more likely to keep at it!  

5. Be Proud of Your Small and Big Accomplishments 

Keeping up with your resolutions takes time and determination, so it can be hard to feel accomplished at the start. Remind yourself that the little steps, such as making it to your group exercise class or skipping the sugary drink, will pay off in the long run. Starting and keeping with your health goals can be a challenge, so don’t forget to give yourself a high five every now and then!

What are your best tips for staying healthy and fit in the New Year? Have you already made your New Year's resolutions? Stop by your local YMCA today to see how you can take your fitness and health plans to the next level.

Authored by: cmccauley