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Many New Year’s Resolutions Focus On Health

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By Nikki Kay

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) One pound a week.

That's how much the average American gains over the holidays.

It doesn't sound like much for the four-week period. However, your mindset this time of the year is just as important as your waistline.

New Year's resolutions on the horizon and a chance to have a fresh start with the dawn of 2014.

Gym-goer Taylor Deaton has the goal to "Go to the gym, do well at CSI, and get some gains!"

Fellow gym-goer Mary Mulvihill says her resolutions are to "Trim some inches off my waist and work out more."

"I want to go to a competition, whether it’s for myself or to watch, I want to go to a swimsuit competition," adds Christina Fennell, fitness instructor.

"My 2014 New Year’s resolutions are to ski, to be better at tennis, and to become an expert golfer," says Gilly Funk, YMCA Health and Wellness Director.

But since Thanksgiving, we've been battling temptation in the form of sweet treats.

"It’s my theory we actually set ourselves up to overeat because we think, ‘You know what? I can eat whatever I want, and when it's New Year’s, I’ll make a resolution, I’ll take care of it,” explains Janice Hendrix, therapist at Suncrest Counseling.

The promise of starting fresh with new resolutions can cause us to over-indulge now... so how do we pace ourselves?

"There’s three main things that you need to do. The first one is, be realistic, be proactive in what you’re going to do, and that brings me to my second one, write it down. If you write something down, you're more apt to follow it, and then the third one would be to get someone else involved. If you're laying there thinking, ‘I don't want to exercise,’ if you know someone is going to know that you didn't do it, then you're more likely to follow through with it,” Hendrix points out.

Above all, never lose sight of what's motivating you.

Three of the top five New Year’s resolutions for last year were focused on diet and body image.


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