The first day of a new year always brings a springboard of motivation for most people to get healthy, whether it be to lose weight, exercise more, or just eat better. Sometimes though, our resolutions can be a far reach from where we are now and can therefore be hard to keep. That is why making realistic resolutions throughout the year can be more effective than making far-fetched resolutions at the start of the year that will likely be forgotten by February.

Use the steps below to help you make realistic resolutions that will help you get healthy this new year!

1.) Write down what your ultimate goal is by the end of the year. For example, "I want to ... lose 50 lbs, run a half marathon, etc."

2.) Break down this goal into manageable 3-month goals. For example, "By March, I want to... lose 15 lbs., run a 5K, etc.) 3.) Break each of those goals down into behaviors that you will have to gradually change each week to accomplish those goals. For example, if you want to eat healthier or lose weight, your weekly goals could be...stop drinking regular cola, eat more fruits and vegetables,  and/or jog 20-30 minutes a day for at least 3-4 days a week. 4.) Be accountable for your weekly goals and record your progress in a journal or on a calendar so that you can see what you are doing to make positive change, and what actions you still need to take to accomplish your goals. 5.) Get help or support if you need it to accomplish your goals. Talk with others that are striving to achieve similar goals, get a personal trainer or exercise partner, or visit to get nutrition, fitness, or wellness advice and counseling so that you can avoid setbacks and move forward with achieving your health goals once and for all this year!