How WV residents can keep their New Year’s Resolutions from failing

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West Virginia is yet again on an unflattering list.

According to an article by VeryWell West Virginia is ranked number one as one of the first states to ditch their New Year’s Resolutions.

Joe Slavik from the Howard Long Wellness Center said there are plenty of ways of keeping your New Year’s resolutions in check, the key is to have people set more realistic goals.

“If you’re thinking about losing 50 pounds in three or four months in the winter months is not going to happen. Start slow, 10 to 15 minutes and build gradually to where you are maybe averaging 30 minutes a day, 5 or 6 days a week,” said Howard Long Wellness Center, Director, Joe Slavik.

Another way to keep people on track is to have a buddy to do the journey along with them and hold them accountable.

Jill Spangler, a Registered Dietitian, said people tend to set huge goals and come at it with an all or nothing approach but said moderation works best.

“So many setting one or two goals. Actually writing them down, that seems to help more so and making it a measurable realistic goal in order for someone to achieve it. When that goal is achieved then they can work toward bigger goal,” said Howard Long Wellness Center, Registered Dietitian, Jill Spangler.

Slavik said to those who are thinking about giving up on the resolutions, “Don’t Quit Don’t Give up.”

“You have to find a place where the exercise fits into your daily life. Is it in the morning hours? Is it the during the lunch break? Is it in the evening? And stick to those kind of consistent situations,” said Slavik.

He said if you have to quit for any reason, always restart.

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