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Plan to succeed with fitness goals in the New Year

High Desert Half Marathon in Pearl, Idaho
High Desert Half Marathon in Pearl, Idaho
Carol M. Green

The New Year presents an opportunity to implement fitness goals and establish healthy habits. As the holiday season winds down, it is likely you’ve gained a few pounds. Beginning in October with sugary Halloween treats and extending through the celebrations of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s it can be very difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Fortunately, it is easier than ever to find support for implementing healthy habits. Here are a few ideas to help you plan to succeed.

Visit the Healthy Every Week page on for proven recipes and tips from the network chefs. Good eating habits don’t have to be boring.

Register for a 5K fun run/walk and then follow a training plan to get prepared. Runner’s World can help you find a race near you. Couch to 5K is a nine week training program to take non-runners from lounging to running three miles.

Find a personal health coach. Many insurance providers offer resources to support healthy lifestyles. Check your plan to see what helps are available.

Start a blog or Facebook page to hold yourself accountable. Sharing goals with others adds a level of commitment not always present when kept private.

A new year is always a great opportunity to begin afresh. Plan now to succeed by implementing healthy habits and reach your fitness goals. Use the resources available at your fingertips to help you get started.

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