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New Year: Diet, exercise, health resolutions

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POSTED December 19, 2012 5:31 p.m.

The beginning of the New Year always seems like a good time to start something new, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Sometimes you may not know where to start or what will really work. There are several different diets to choose from and different methods to lose weight and get healthy. The idea is to find something designed for your specific needs and body type.

What works for one person may not work for you. Your weight loss goals could be to build muscle or to lose a certain amount of weight. So you would want to choose something that fits your needs. The problem is that there is an abundance of diets out there and most people don’t know which ones really work. The trend for a specific diet could have an abundance of hype, but have a low success rate.

You also can’t forget about adding exercise to your life to help reach your weight-loss goals. Technology has made it a little easier for you to stay on track. With all the online support groups and the smart phone apps, the excuses should be dwindling down. For example, MyNetDiary.com is a calorie counter and free food diary, available online or you can download their app for your smart phone. Or if you need something to help you with your exercise routine then you may want to download Endomondo. It is an app that helps you keep track of your running, cycling, or other sports activities. JEFIT is also another app that you can download on your smartphone that will help you with custom exercise routines, workout tracking, 500-plus exercises, a pocket personal trainer, and many other features.

Men’s Fitness magazine recently had an article about the best apps for fitness and nutrition. Here are a few of the free apps that made their list: Lose It, GoodFoodNearYou, and Nutrition Tips.

You may want to keep your weight-loss and health goals simple. Most are looking for something that can be easily managed and successfully achieved.

To get started “get a good handle on what you are currently doing now, in order to figure out what changes you will need to make,” suggested registered dietitian, Diane Alcorn, with Oak Valley Hospital. She also recommended starting a food diary.

“You would be surprised what we learn when we keep a food journal,” she said. “Even if you make small changes, you should pick something you will be successful in changing.”

Another helpful tip Alcorn shared was to try to exercise at least one hour a day. The hour can be broken up throughout the day in 10 minute increments, if necessary. For those that may not have an hour a day, she suggested parking far away from the door of the grocery store, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Resolution, by definition, is resolve or determination. The ‘Top 10 Searched Diets for New Year’s 2012’ is listed on www.shape.com. At number 10 was the Dr. Oz diet, number five was the P.I.N.K (Power, Intensity, Nutrition, Kardio) method diet, and number one on the list was the Atkins diet. On www.usa.gov, which is the U.S. Government’s official web portal, they have a list of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions. Some of the resolutions that made the list are: eat healthy foods, get fit, and lose weight.

Experts suggest making more of a lifestyle change by watching what you eat and exercising on a regular basis, instead of trying to stick to a diet or waiting to make a health resolution. Either way, they add, just keep trying.

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