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New Year’s Fitness Resolutions: Realistic Goals Can Equal Real Results

It’s no secret that gyms and health clubs can be pretty busy places in January. Resolving to get in shape or lose weight is a common way for Americans to start the New Year. Nebraska Medical Center exercise physiologist Kris Volkmer says resolutions do work – if they’re done right.

“You have to go into it with a plan,” Volkmer says.  “A lot of times, resolutions fail because we set goals that are too lofty.”

Volkmer says it’s important to be realistic about what you can and will do. Setting unrealistic goals is a recipe for getting off track.

“If you resolve to never eat sweets or to run every day of the year, that’s very unrealistic,” she said.  “Getting off track is part of the process. If it happens, wake up the next morning and reinforce your goal.”

Volkmer has a few other tips to make a successful run at a healthier 2012.

People who have never exercised regularly before or who have certain health conditions may need to consult a physician before beginning. Volkmer works with patients at The Nebraska Medical Center Diabetes Center and can be reached at 1-800-922-0000.