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Keeping your New Year's resolution can be tricky

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Now that Christmas is over, it is time to start thinking about your New Year's resolutions.

While the usual resolutions, losing weight, doing well in school, quitting smoking, are always popular. What is less popular is seeing the resolution through to the next year.

Lifetime Fitness is trying to get people to change their thinking about resolutions by making them permanent.

"Stop calling it a resolution, that's only going to be temporary. Let's make a final commitment to lead a happy, healthy life," said Lifetime Fitness personal trainer Sarah Hankel.

That commitment starts on January 1st when Lifetime will hold "Commitment Day" which will feature a 5k run at Mall of America Field.

The commitments will be different for everyone, but Hankel stresses to take commitments a day at a time.

"We live and breathe by our iPhones and iPads, write it down, start two days a week, then three, then four days," Hankel said.

Allina psychologist Dr. Alan Steed works with people year-round on setting and achieving personal goals. He says resolutions need to be planned out. And people need to be mindful of not setting too many goals at once.

"People that fail at New Year's resolutions may set eight or ten goals. They are hoping by changing those things it'll change their life. It's not, so set a smaller number of goals and be very specific," said Dr. Steed.

Dr. Steed says, if you plan on losing weight, have a goal to lose a certain amount in 90 days and write it down. All too often people become overwhelmed and Dr. Steed says 2/3rds of the public will give up within the first couple of months of the year.

Steed says a the best way to combat giving up it to make your tell people about your goal.

"Going public is a huge motivating factor. If you have someone you are accountable to and report to and say ‘here's what I did this week'…going public is a much better sign of success than keeping it inside."

To register for Lifetime's Commitment Day, click here. Enter "FOX9" during the registration and you will get $5 off the entry fee.

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