With the new year comes the New Year's resolution, a commitment to a personal goal such as losing weight or quitting smoking.
For many, their resolutions won't last.
Here are some of the top resolutions and some tips to help you keep them.
Every year people pledge to take off the pounds, but they don't have a plan.
The National Institutes of Health suggests one key to losing weight is to develop a healthy eating plan. This plan should emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy products; include lean meats, poultry fish, bean, eggs and nuts; and be low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugar.
The University of Maryland suggests other tips such as writing down what you eat, knowing risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and eating smaller meals spread throughout the day.
Another popular resolution is to leave tobacco behind. After all it yellows your teeth and destroys your lungs.
Tips suggested by SmokeFree.org include discovering why you want to quit, being aware of what nicotine triggers to avoid, and setting up ways to deal with the urge.
It's tough, TIME acknowledged. There is help – patches, chewing gum, e-cigarettes and more – but only about 15 percent who try to quit manage stay smoke-free for the next six months.
The holidays involve lots of celebrating and eating – maybe too much eating. So Jan. 2 is often the first day back at the gym or a new start to an exercise routine.
The surgeon general suggests 30 minutes of physical exercise most days of the week. The University of Maryland stated that will help reduce risks such as dying from heart disease and developing diabetes.
The best bet? The university says to start by walking or trying other aerobic exercise like biking, jogging or swimming.
Also, get an exercise buddy and make sure to find the time. Start slow and try setting weekly goals while rewarding yourself.
People also flock to the gym with the thought of getting in shape. The catch, TIME reported, is that 60 percent of gym memberships go unused.
How's that piggy-bank looking these days?
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission offers some keys to finding the financial success you crave. Make a financial plan, pay off high interest debts and start saving and investing as soon as your debts are paid and gone.
It takes knowing your financial situation and knowing what you want to accomplish. You should determine your liabilities and assets, and know your income and expenses. These are the first steps to help you find the money needed to help pay off debts and save a little.
To help find success, TIME stated, financial planners say make sure to create a budget-friendly plan with attainable goals like only eating out once a week.
It's difficult in the current economic climate, but possible.
Now resolve to stick to those resolutions.
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An Akron woman finally accessed the troubled healthcare.gov website Monday only to find she can't afford the insurance they're offering.
The folks in charge of fixes at Healthcare.gov released a progress report on the capacity and performance of the health insurance shopping and enrollment system on Sunday.