How to Get in Shape in the New Year

21 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

These mini-goals will arm you with healthier habits for 2013

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How many times have you declared on January 1 that you’ll go to the gym every single morning at dawn? Or that you’ll lose 20 pounds? If every year you make a big, sweeping resolution, you’re probably setting yourself up for disappointment. “Pick smaller, doable steps that you can actually achieve,” says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet.

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That’s what’s great about these 20 bite-size goals. They’re within your grasp, and will put you on track for a fitter lifestyle, a slimmer waistline, and better health. Just don’t try to implement them all at once, cautions Gans. “If you do them all in the first week you’ll set yourself up for failure,” she says. “Even with minute changes you’ll feel overwhelmed. Try to make one change at a time.” Will you keep your 2013 resolution? 5 Ways to Make Smarter Resolutions

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