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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

From left, Lockport Family YMCA Member Walt Brewer enjoys a workout 
session with Health, Wellness and Aquatic Director Darcee Hughes.
Millions of Americans make resolutions headed into the new year, with a large percentage of them resolving to lose weight or be more healthy. However, in 2014, 71 percent admitted falling short. And 40 percent quit within the first few weeks.

The Lockport Family YMCA suggests creating smaller, more manageable goals that can lead to success of a larger one.

“Losing weight is too broad a goal,” said YMCA Health, Wellness and Aquatic Director Darcee Hughes. “Reframe your big resolution into something achievable. For example, instead of making a resolution to ‘lose weight,’ resolve to incorporate fruits and vegetables into at least two meals a day.”

Reframing goals in a positive way can also help people stick to them. Some may want to limit screen time in 2016, but that can be more manageable if they replace the time with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family.

“Rather than thinking about what you’re losing, think about what you’re gaining. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable,” Hughes said.

The Lockport Family YMCA recommends the following to help 2016 New Year’s resolutions stick.
  • Start small. Break those big resolutions into small, achievable goals. Instead of cutting chocolate out of your diet for good, vow to only have it a few times a week. Or trade your two sodas a day for one soda and a glass of water. 
  • Take it one step at a time. Trying to change too many habits at once can easily lead to frustration. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, make a new month’s resolution. Focus on that one change for the month, and add another (small) change when the new month rolls around.  
  • Choose an organization that focuses on a holistic approach to health. When it comes to adding healthy behaviors, like increasing physical activity, it’s important to find a place that keeps you motivated. Before committing to a membership, take a tour of local gyms to find the best fit for you. Your facility should not be just a gym, but a community organization that offers more health, more hope and more opportunity. 
  • Talk it out. It’s easier to stick to your resolutions if you have a partner or friend working toward similar goals. Team up with someone to set your 2016 goals and help each other establish a game plan dedicated to achieving them. Set specific check-ins to help each other out of slumps and to cheer each other during the high points. 
To help people get a jump on their resolutions, the YMCA is waiving half of its joiner fee during the month of January. For more information call 434.8887, email or visit

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