Make one change at a time

It’s easy to start off the New Year full of energy and grand plans, but starting small will give you a greater chance of success. Instead of planning an unrealistic workout schedule, aim for three days a week. Rather than swearing off all your favourite unhealthy treats, vow to limit them to a day or two a week.

As you succeed with smaller steps, these habits will soon become a routine that you can build on as you add new goals.

Don’t go it alone

Instead of going it alone, sign up for a fitness class, join a local running club, walk with a friend during lunch or hire a personal trainer. The social aspect will help keep you going, and you’ll be less likely to bail on your plans to exercise.

Even if you don’t have people to work out with, a virtual fitness community like those you can create with a FitBit can help you keep on track.

Make it fun

Find a way to get fit that also lets you have fun, such as a dance class or other type of exercise that makes you feel happy. If you don’t dread it, you’ll be more likely to keep going.

Keep a food diary

Losing weight is a popular New Year’s resolution. While no one strategy works for everyone, a food diary can be a helpful part of your success. Otherwise, it’s easy to underestimate just how much you’re eating, forgetting about that vending machine candy bar at work or the snack you had while watching TV.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

It’s unrealistic to think that you’ll be perfect as you strive to attain your exercise or healthy eating goals. Accept that you’re going to have some ups and downs, and realize that what’s important is getting back on track. Otherwise, a missed workout or two can derail you for the rest of the year.