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Many people make new year’s resolutions around fitness. Unfortunately, only 19 percent of resolution makers stick to their goals on a long-term basis, according to a study by University of Scranton researchers. Here are a few tips to create a strategy to stick with your fitness goals in 2019.

Start with Realistic Goals

Success depends on starting with realistic goals. Plans to make small steps forward are realistic. Unrealistic objectives are giant leaps that are likely to end with a fall. Running a marathon next month is not realistic if your current lifestyle is sedentary. A realistic goal would be pledging to walk for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week.

Be Social

Accountability and social interaction are motivators that come with pursuing your fitness goals with others. Ask a friend or family member to commit to exercise with you. If your loved ones aren’t interested, join a group fitness activity, like an exercise class or hiking club.

Have a Plan

Writing down your fitness goals and how you plan to reach them is comparable to having a map to get to an unknown destination. Like a map, your plan will guide you through the year to get you to your desired fitness level.

Keep Track of Your Progress

Seeing how much progress you’ve made also motivates you to keep going. Decide what metric to track. Someone who wants to lose weight might keep track of their body mass index. Next, select a method for tracking. Apps can be helpful, but a notebook may be simpler.

Spend Money to Get Fit

Sticking to your fitness goals does not have to be expensive. However, investing in yourself gives you another incentive to keep your resolutions. If eating healthier is your goal, you may consider taking a class on cooking nutritious meals. Someone who is trying to lose weight might buy an outfit in a smaller size.

Make Time for Fitness

When fitness is on your schedule, as your other important commitments are, working on your goals is less likely to become something that you never get around to. Working out should be like a meeting with yourself that you can’t cancel.

Setbacks Don’t Equal Failure

Everyone experiences setbacks on the road to better fitness. Having a setback can be discouraging, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up on your fitness goals. After a setback, return to your plan as soon as possible.

With a positive mindset and a realistic plan, you’re on the right path to meet your goals this year.