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Transforming Yourself in the New Year

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The approach of a new year has many plotting positive change in their lives. According to USA.gov some of the top New Year’s Resolutions include “losing weight, eating healthy food and getting fit.”

In terms of losing weight, The National Institutes of Health advised, “The key to successful weight loss is making changes in your eating and physical activity habits that you can keep up for the rest of your life.”

According to Forbes.com, “research has found that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”

Margie Warrell said in the article, “When your resolutions connect to a deeper sense of purpose, it compels you not to think small or play safe, but to dig deep and stay the course when the going gets tough – no matter how many hurdles.”

For example, I always tell my clients that the aesthetic appearance of their hard work is just part of the reward when losing weight. The true goal should be feeling better, having more stamina to play with their kids or grandkids and above all living longer.

I truly believe that if your New Year’s resolution is health-related, you need to be around those who are healthy. If you continue to surround yourself with those who are resistant to change and do not want to adopt a healthy lifestyle, chances are you’ll give in to their lifestyle.

One of the first places you may want to start is by finding a health club or fitness studio that offers some sort of program and activity which interests you and meets your needs.

For example, if you like to dance join a gym or enroll in a dance studio that offers classes such as Zumba. Zumba is a fitness class which uses different dance styles such as salsa, samba, etc.

If you like athletic activities, join a bootcamp or health facility that offers a Crossfit workout. According to ACEFitness.org, “CrossFit is an intense exercise program featuring dynamic exercises like plyometric jumps, and Olympic lifts while using non-traditional weightlifting equipment such as kettlebells, sand-bags, suspension sytems or water filled implements.”

Whatever your choice of activity, it is important to go at your own pace and consult a professional, especially if you’re a beginner.

While exercise is important, eating right is of utmost importance. If you are not sure what types of foods you should eat and how to fuel your body for your workouts, it is important that you consult a dietician or a nutritionist.


“Popular New Year’s Resolutions – USA.gov.” USA.gov Government Made Easy. Web 31 Dec. 2012.

“Weight Loss for Life – Win.niddk.nih.gov.” The National Institute for Health.
Web 31 Dec. 2012

“Seven Strategies for Highly Effective New Year's Resolutions – Margie Warrell.”
Web 31 Dec. 2012

Joanne Sgro-Killworth is a Television Fitness Expert, Certified Personal Trainer and Sport Nutritionist. She is Certified in Pilates, Pre-natal/Post-Partum, Yoga and Senior Fitness. She specializes in Weight Loss, Post-Rehab and Post Cancer Training.

Joanne's fitness plans and recipes are available globally on her website www.fitnessanswer.com/ She resides in the Phoenix, AZ area with her husband and son, where she runs her personal training business, Fitness Answer, LLC.

Reviewed December 31, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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