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New Year, New You

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The New Year brings an opportunity to reflect on what we did over the past year... And decide what to do differently in 2014.

Many people plan to quit smoking, others want to volunteer, but the most common New Year's resolution is to lose weight and get fit.

Local gyms have already started seeing a boom in business.

John Puskarich, a Personal trainer for 24 years, says "the secret is.. try not to make it a resolution.. Try to make it something that you are going to do for the rest of your life. Make a change in your lifestyle."

One of the most common reasons why people quit their resolutions after just a couple of days is because they get burned out by doing too much too quickly.

If you are new to working out or just haven't done it in a while, start off slowly. It's hard to keep a regular schedule if you are too sore.

"Do not go to the gym and work out for five hours at time, do not try to keep up with the Olympic runner next to you in the gym.. Pace yourself and you will pay dividends in the end."

Keep your eye on the prize, but don't be discouraged if you don't see results right away. Goal setting is the key to staying with it long term, but again it's all about starting small and building gradually.

"Set small time-bound goals.. Maybe the first one is just feeling better or making it to the gym three times that week," he said. "Have goals but start small and please please pace yourself.. Last thing you want to do is get hurt, because then you can forget results."

Puskarich says when you stop thinking of exercise as a chore and start thinking about it as something you want to do, that's when you achieve real success.