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Posted on January 02, 2014

apple with measuring tape wrapped around and blurred in the back a water bottle and weightsDid you make a New Year’s resolution to improve your overall wellness, lose weight, or get fit? You can do it! Try these tricks to help you reach your goal.

Set manageable, measurable goals:Trying to reach a healthy weight? Rather than focus on total weight loss, try for losing 10% of your total body weight. Once that’s achieved, set your next goal.

Exercise: Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Don’t have time for a 45-minute workout? Add 5 – 10 minute brisk walking sessions throughout the day.outline of a human head with all food groups in the shape of a brain

Make a lifestyle change: When it comes to fad diets, most don’t work as long-term weight solutions. Instead, go for healthier eating and add exercise to your routine.

Find foods with fiber: Instead of banning bread, look for healthier whole grain options that are good sources of fiber. Even the pasta aisle can give you high-fiber options with added omega-3s. Pair pasta with vegetable-based sauces and low-fat meats like chicken or fish.

Skip the sauce: Leave high calorie dressings and sauces out of your diet for an easier way to make healthier choices.

Shop Smart: Have a plan when you go grocery shopping. Stick to the perimeter of the store. Check your cart to make sure you have lots of fruit, vegetables and whole grain foods. Low or nonfat milk, cheese and yogurt, along with lean meats, fish, and chicken, will round out your food plan.