Healthier Me: Setting and Achieving New Year's Resolutions

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Many people make a New Year's resolution to improve their health through diet or exercise, but often those resolutions don't even last through January.

Valley News Team's, Danielle Barber, explains how to set goals and stay on track well beyond the first month of the year.

For those hoping to make changes to their lifestyle this new year, Sanford Profile coach, Heidi Greenwood, said to start small.

"A lot of times mistakes that we do is we want to set these huge, lofty goals and they're kind of unrealistic for where we're at," said Greenwood. "And, then we start at them and we realize that it's just not achievable."

You're more likely to hold yourself accountable if you write down your goals.

"Just seeing it there and then having a plan on that instead of just having very vague goals, just using a lot of details to it and posting it some place so you can see it and reflect on it," Greenwood said. "You can help use it as motivation, too, on some days when that motivation quite isn't there."

Having a support system like family, friends or health coach can keep you motivated.

"It also can be helpful when they know what type of person you are, if you need positive reinforcement or you need someone to be a little bit firmer with you to give you that tough love sometimes if it needs to be," added Greenwood.

Having a partner or workout buddy can help, too.

"It can be a really rewarding process working toward something together," Greenwood said. "So, maybe it's setting a goal to run a race with your friend and so you do it together so you achieve something and that can be really fulfilling too."

And, it's important to mark down certain milestones and reward yourself.

"We're humans, we're motivation waivers from time to time and so if we have something that really motivates us that we can work towards that we're going to get if we exercise a certain amount of times a week or a month or however you want to break it down, it can be very powerful to helping you achieve your goals," said Greenwood.

Though rewarding yourself with your favorite meal or sweet treat is okay, Greenwood recommends trying non-food related rewards like a trip to the nail salon or the movies.

If you have a down week where you didn't reach a goal, put it behind you and move forward.