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New Year, New You: Predictions for the Year Ahead

Happy New Year! January is an exciting time – you have a fresh start to become who you want and accomplish what you want in the year ahead.

In the fitness world, this time of year means lots of new faces and lives being changed. The new year magically pulls people to exercise – maybe you’re feeling the pull yourself.

Here are some predictions for the year ahead:

1. 2011 is the year that many will lose weight and regain their health.

Times are changing. People are realizing that obesity has gotten out of hand, and exercise is back in the spotlight.

The real food movement is taking the globe by storm as people turn away from fast and processed foods and return to wholesome, nutritious meals.

2011 will be the year that many people adopt a healthier lifestyle and drop the extra weight.

2. 92 percent of all New Year’s Resolutions will end in failure.

While millions will start gung ho in January with lofty goals for massive weight loss, the reality is that most will fail. Here’s why:

They bite off more than they can chew.

In all the excitement of becoming a better person and transforming their life in the New Year, they make the crucial mistake of committing too much. But reality soon sets in and they give up.  A good way to be successful then is to set realistic goals.

Instead of resolving to lose 50 pounds by June, commit to exercise 3-4 times each week.

Instead of resolving to give up all carbs, commit to bring healthy snacks to work instead eating from the vending machine.

Instead of resolving to drop 3 sizes in 3 months, commit to losing 1 pound each week until you reach your desired size.

Instead of resolving to never eat out again, commit to eating healthy all week and reward yourself with one meal out on the weekends.

Remember that the whole point of making a New Year’s Resolution is to become a healthier, happier and more successful person. Small changes done consistently will make a big difference.

We predict that this year will be an amazing year.

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