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A Guide To Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Well, if you’re like most Americans (88 percent in 2001 according to a General Nutrition Centers poll), you have at least one resolution. And, if you are like the majority of these promise-makers, your resolution is probably related to health and fitness. In 2001 (according to GNC), 55 percent promised to eat healthier, 50 percent resolved to exercise more, and 38 percent wanted to lose weight.

While resolutions are well-intentioned, unfortunately most people fail at keeping them. With all the hype surrounding these promises, it’s easy to get caught up in them without really taking them seriously.
We live in a throw-away society and even our resolutions, I’m afraid, are not immune. However, especially for promises that include improving our health it’s in our best interest to not take them lightly.
So, what’s the secret to successful resolutions? While you can’t wave a magic wand and make your resolution come true, there are some easy steps to take to…

Break Out Of Your Breakfast Rut

Swap your usual breakfast for one one of these tasty alternatives and you'll enjoy your a.m. meal more and stay energized until lunch! David Grotto R.D. author of 101 Optimal Life Foods has the following breakfast pick me ups:

The usual oatmeal..make it better...with about 4 grams of fiber per half cup oatmeal is a perfect filling breakfast to have.  Without the right toppings it can get boring quick!  Grotto recommends whipping up an "oatmeal au lait"Stir together 1 cup steel-cut oatmeal2 teaspoons instant coffee1 tablespoon agave syrup1/4 cup nonfat milk1/2 cup waterMicrowave for 1 min 45 sec (each bowl contains 363 calories and 5 grams fat)The usual toast&jam...make it better...there are some people that don't care for traditional breakfast so they opt for something small, like toast says Daniela Jakubowicz, M.D, author of The Big Breakfast Diet, but carbs alone won't hold you over all morning.  She advises having typical lunchtime fare for breakfast.  So i…

Favorite Workouts Part Five

This is part five of a five part series to give you some workouts to partner up to get the most out of what you're doing.

If you like to bike...
Focus on targeting your hips, glutes and legs with endurance based strength moves as well as core stabilizing exercises.  How this benefits your next cycle session? More pedal power and fewer aches and pains when you log extra miles

All you need is a stability ball to get this workout going.
Jump Lunge: targets glutes, quads, hamstrings and calvesLunge forward with left left, bending left knee 90 degrees, keep knee directly over ankleFrom here jump forward 4-6 inches without switching legs, using arms for momentumStand up, do 5-10 reps, then switch sides and repeatBall Back Extension: targets low to mid back, core, glutes and hamstringsLie down with your belly over the ball, feet hip width apart, legs extended and feet anchored to the bottom of a wallLift your chest off the ball while raising both arms out 45 degrees, palms downHold for 3 cou…