Tips for Maintaining New Year's Resolutions - WBAY

Tips for Maintaining New Year's Resolutions

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With New Year's Day just around the corner, many people start making resolutions, especially when it comes to their health.

Karla Hopp of Green Bay is no stranger to the gym.

Several years ago, she accomplished an incredible goal and lost 130 pounds.

"I think I wanted to be more active for my kids," Hopp said. "All of a sudden my kids were getting older, and they were getting more involved in sports and activities through school."

She says her key to losing the weight was thinking about it as long-term.

"It's not a resolution to lose weight as it is a resolution to get healthy and fit and you have to enjoy the journey," Hopp said. "It's basically changing your whole life style."

But she still has new goals for 2014.

"I want to get more healthy and focus on my eating habits and well as weight training," Hopp said.

Western Racquet and Fitness club trainer Kari Merrill says it's important to be patient and step out of your comfort zone.

"I like to use the phrase you gotta shock it to rock it," Merrill said. "You need to feel uncomfortable to get those results."

But it's also key to remember those results take time.

"It's gotta be small goals, and celebrate those small accomplishments," Merrill said. "Maybe you don't see it right away in the mirror, but you can do an extra push up or hold a plank a little bit longer. Sometimes it's not all visual -- what you see on the scale."

Kari has a challenge for anyone thinking about getting off the couch and to the gym come January 1: Don't wait.

"I encourage everyone to start actual today," Merrill said. "Don't wait for the first. Think about what you can do in a week."

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