How to Keep Those New Year's Resolutions

Those New Year's resolutions can be hard to keep, but they don't have to be.

Do you have your New Year's resolution fresh on your mind? Psychologists say the key to keeping any resolution is to have a plan.

“We've got to select something that is small enough to make a difference but not so big that it's going to crush us. We have to become dedicated to it with a plan and have a willingness to experience some discomfort because when we change habits- it's always uncomfortable," said Scott Bea with Cleveland Clinic.

Experts say if your goal is to exercise a little more in 2013 don't start by running a marathon, walk a few minutes a day and build from there.

If the change is too uncomfortable, they say you'll have a lot less chance for success.

If you're trying to improve your diet, start by taking in fewer calories than you burn throughout the day. The best approach is to start small. Eventually, you will find yourself aiming for bigger goals and to help reach those goals… reward yourself along the way.

"For every day you stick to this new habit put a couple of bucks in a cookie jar or something like that that you can accumulate for something that you'd like to have, essentially paying yourself for the discomfort. That helps people stay with a new behavior."

Psychologists say rewarding yourself will make it easier to get back on track if you fall off for a day.


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