Expert Advice On Sticking To New Year's Resolutions

Save money, lose weight, quit smoking. Each year about this time millions of Americans make a pledge to make some kind of change in the coming year. Unfortunately for many people, those New Year's resolutions often fizzle out in a couple of months.

Personal trainers say they often see their workload jump in January and February, right after new year's resolutions are made, then taper off about March and April.

E-Fitness and Wellness Center General Manager Bryan Stednitz said, "We know from sports psychology that if folks set goals and write things down, that helps them stick to it. As long as there are outcomes, goals and rewards, I think that's huge."

E-Fitness and Wellness center staff members say people have a better chance of sticking to their fitness goals if they don't expect too much, too soon.

"Set realistic goals," said Brian Picou, E-Fitness Foundation Director. "I think in the New Year, it's very important not to set your expectations so high that you're destined to fail."

American Cancer Society spokesperson Hannah Bell said, "Quitting smoking is a very admirable resolution to make. It's is hard to do."

For those trying to give up smoking for 2008, the American Cancer Society recommends people find things to do to keep busy.

Bell said, "It's helpful if, when the urge to smoke comes along, if you have something that can occupy your time. You can go outside and take a walk. You can call a friend. Any method that can help you quit, we're all for it."

Bells says to also keep in mind that quitting smoking often takes more than one try.

"Don't give up. It's an addiction," said Bell. "It's a physical addiction to the nicotine. So once your body gets over that and you also get over the habit, then you're well on your way to a smoke free lifestyle."