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Getting a jump on getting fit in 2014

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- If you're the type to make New Year's resolutions, you know New Year's Day is pretty important if you want to start 2014 out on the right foot, and for many that means not sitting at home recovering from a late night out.

For them, it's time to hit the gym.

We stopped by the Rochester Athletic Club Wednesday afternoon, and the treadmills, ellipticals and bikes were packed with people getting a jump start on their resolutions, but we're guessing by February and March, there won't be nearly as many people working up a sweat.

Getting fit is a pretty typical resolution.

"I've just made it a goal to be here everyday, even if it's just for a little bit of time," said Jacque Stutz, a RAC Member.

Stutz already has a head start. She started a new workout program back before the holidays and wants to keep going.

However, keeping up a new routine can, for many of us, be the hardest part.

Experts say one of the biggest things you can do to be successful happens right at the first of the year.

"I think the biggest mistakes people make are setting unrealistic goals," said Angie Murad a registered dietitian at the RAC.

Murad says when people set unachievable goals, they're more likely to get frustrated at a lack of progress and give up.

"The goal needs to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely," she said.

But a good goal is just the start. Murad says having a workout buddy who depends on you to be there can make a big difference.

Another big factor is having the right attitude if you miss a day, a workout or just plain fall off the wagon.

"We're all just human," Murad said. "We need to know that, and if you fall off, not to give up, just get right back in there and keep working at it."

And just maybe you'll be able to get that New Year's Resolution to actually make it through the year.

"It's become part of my lifestyle now," said Stutz. "It's kind of just become part of who I am."

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