Sticking with New Year's Resolutions

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Updated: 1/02/2013 9:06 am Published: 1/01/2013 6:32 pm

A new year has begun and for many people it’s time for new resolutions.

According to a new Marist poll, four out of 10 Americans promise to make 2013 better than 2012. Some of the top resolutions are exercising and eating better.

However, research also shows not everyone completes their goals.

"15 years ago, I started coming back into the gym," said Terry Hazen.

He was one of those people, who set New Year’s Resolutions and got committed to working out, but work, family and life always got in the way, until he ended up in the hospital.

"Around 20 years ago, I was diagnosed with severe ruptured disk in my back," said Hazen.

Doctors told him he needed to workout to improve his back or he would have to get surgery.

"You pay the gym or you pay the doctor," he joked.

Researchers estimate about 75% of the people who pick New Year's Resolutions don't make it through the year.

They say people pick unrealistic goals and end up falling short.

Hazen's back was his motivation to work out. However, not everyone has that problem. So, fitness instructors recommend starting off with an attainable goal.

"We want to help them maintain it year round. We want to help them meet their goals," said Travis Wood, Vice President of Operations for Sky Fitness.

"If it took someone ten years to gain 50 pounds, you're not going to lose it in two months," he told FOX23.

Researchers say sticking to a resolution is challenging but these steps can help:

1) Don’t try to change everything at once.

2) Have a good support system

3) Stay positive.

It's worked for Hazen and it helps in the long run. "Gradually, my back started getting better and better," he said.

Researchers say it can take, on average, 66 days to make New Year's Resolutions like exercising a habit.

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