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Preparing for Your Best Year of Fitness

Start by Setting Your Goals

Image of Sneakers, set of small dumbbell weights and water bottleIf one of your New Year's resolutions is centered on fitness, start by designing a yearlong plan to make sure that you have effective lifestyle changes in place.

January. Set your goals. Take a look at your life. What's missing? What do you wish you could do? Invest in a few sessions with a personal trainer, who will point you in the right direction and help you get going.

February. Focus on fuel. Keep a daily log of what you eat and how you feel. As your body gets used to more activity, you'll naturally crave a lighter diet with less fat and sugar and more vegetables, fruits, and grains. You'll need protein to build muscle. Make sure your daily intake meets your new demands.

March. Check your progress. Look at what you've achieved so far and what's missing. Extreme tiredness, aches, and pains are signs that you're trying to do too much, too soon. If your progress has slowed down or stopped, change your routine to keep your body challenged.

Continue to read HealthCurrents magazine for more month-by-month tips to make 2018 your best year yet!

Visit to discover unique, local, and affordable exercise opportunities available throughout southwest Michigan.

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