If you're like most people, you'll probably be ringing in ringing in the New Year with at least one resolution. This year, I've joined many Americans in making what is by far the most popular resolution: to lose weight. I've taken up jogging to give myself a head start, but a fair number of you may have plans to hit the gym or start your diet after the final chime of 2006. This is a great way to kick off your 2007, but make sure you're doing it right.
For starters, don't overdo the exercise. If you push too hard and injure yourself, it'll be much easier to quit. The same applies to dieting -- moderation is key. You don't want to feel like you're depriving yourself of anything, and nutrition -- especially with increased physical activity -- is very important. When you are exercising, start by doing 30-45 minutes of anything that keeps your heart rate up. Then focus on the largest muscle groups -- namely, your chest and your back.
Above all, stick with it. Resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep, and the first few months of a new exercise routine can be rough. But feeling healthy, stronger and more alert will make for a great 2007 and beyond.