It's time to make those resolutions! Now for a few tips ...

Owner of Nordic Total Fitness

I hope everyone had a good and safe Christmas, and I hope you didn’t over-indulge on the Christmas cookies!

In saying that, many folks make “New Year’s resolutions” in hopes of having a better year than the last one. 

Some of the most common ones are: quitting smoking or drinking, spending more time with loved ones instead of working all the time, traveling more, volunteering to help people, being less stressed, and on and on. 

However, the most popular ones are getting in shape and eating healthier. It’s amazing those are the ones that are the most popular right after Thanksgiving and Christmas, isn’t it?

According to, 45 percent of Americans actually make New Year’s resolutions. However, only 8 percent are actually successful in achieving those resolutions. 

Now, you may wonder how long people actually do last with those resolutions, like quitting smoking, losing weight, etc. According to the same website, 75 percent made it through the first week, 71 percent past two weeks, 64 percent past one month, and 46 percent past six months. I could put a chart on here, as well, but I think you get the point. 

Those resolutions sound great when we start, and we are excited, but after a while, they drift away and we lose interest. Trust me, Nordic Total Fitness in Paxton and every other gym in the world will be packed for the first two weeks in January, and then come February, you could hear crickets.

Now, how can you avoid being just another statistic? It may be easier than you think:

— Don’t try to do it alone.  Whether it is quitting smoking, eating right, working out or climbing Mt. Everest, you will be much more successful if you have a support system in place to help you keep you motivated.  If you are working out with a friend, you are much more likely to stick with it because you can support one another, motivate one another and give support when it gets tough and you want to quit.

— Don’t give up too easily. It took you time to put on weight, and it will take time to lose weight. It is going to be tough, and you have to be consistent. If it were easy, everyone would be in shape. If you stick with working out for just a few weeks, it becomes a habit. You will start to notice changes in your body, more energy, more strength, and the list goes on and on. 

— Make a reasonable resolution, or goal, that you can actually achieve. If I said, “by March, I want to be able to win a marathon,” but I have never ran more than 1 mile, the chances of me attaining that goal are slim to none. So, start smaller and make your goals achievable. For instance, maybe I could shoot for a 5k in February, a 10k in April, a half-marathon in July and a marathon in October or November. It is OK to chunk up your goals to make smaller one that are achievable. This will make it much more likely to achieve your overall goal because you have built yourself up with both confidence and stamina. 

Those are just three ways to help make your resolutions a reality, and there are many more ways to help you achieve your goals. Whether you want to live a healthier lifestyle, get out of debt or learn to ride a unicycle, just remember that you can do it if you have a plan in place. 

Best of luck, and happy new year!

Sam Erwin is owner of Nordic Total Fitness in downtown Paxton. Have a question or topic about health or fitness? Email Erwin at Your topic or questions may be included in next week’s edition of the Fitness Forum.

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