Entering a new year, an estimated 45-50 percent of Americans make resolutions because they all see an opportunity for a fresh start.
They hope to become more well-rounded and healthy individuals and "better" people in the New Year.
However, approximately 37 percent give up by March and more than half by the end of June.
But the YMCA of Clay County is offering suggestions in order to keep resolutions, including:
* Keep it manageable. To stay on track, select only three resolutions at most,
* Don't be too ambitious, but stick to it. With exercising -- or other resolutions -- start with an easily achievable goal and work up to a regular routine. As you become more physically conditioned, you'll be able to gently increase your intensity level by picking up the pace or adding new goals to the routine,
* Vary your resolutions, not only focusing solely on the body. Maintain your emotional health as well by volunteering an hour per week, reading a book a month, or writing a friend or family member, and
* Line up a support network. Accomplishing your goal can be easier with the support of family, friends and co-workers. And tell them how to help.
"And remember, the key to success is confidence," YMCA of Clay County Executive Director Chad Zaucha said. "Goals are accomplished through a series of small steps and the hardest step to take is the first one. Perseverance and commitment to change are the key elements to turning resolutions into reality."