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Make exercise resolution stick

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New Year's resolutions to exercise are common. New Year's resolutions to exercise are common.
Personal trainers are a good way to help keep a steady workout. Personal trainers are a good way to help keep a steady workout.
Working out with a partner may help motivation. Working out with a partner may help motivation.
By Judy Fortin, NEWS 9

The new year brings many to make the resolution to get in shape. While it may be a common goal for the new year, it seems to be difficult for some.

"A lot of people have unrealistic goals," personal trainer Robert Dothard said. "I have so many people come up to me and go, ‘I need to lose 15 pounds'. Well, great, let's talk about what you're going to do after that 15 pounds."

Dothard recommends having a secondary goal. He also suggests coming up with a reward system if you succeed. But, he says the real secret to sticking with an exercise regimen is accountability. He suggests enlisting a spouse or friend.

"Have them walk with you and exercise with you, because the day you don't want to do it, I promise you, your spouse or significant other will go, 'Hey, let's go walking today', and that will help you move on," Dothard said.


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