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Many of you probably made a New Years resolution for 2014, and fitness and health is always popular around this time of year. ABC Montana's Joe Moeller explains a few tips to help out with those fitness resolutions.

Probably the most popular New Years resolution is to get fit or get healthy and its that time of year when gym and fitness clubs see a spike in enrollment.

"Normal month of the year is probably right around 100-150, it is definitely almost double what we normally do in January and end of February as well as resolution begin to kick in." said Jonathan Rickles the Manager at Capitol City Health Club.

The gym this time of year seems busier than usual, but many know it does not last very long.

"Doing 500 more workouts a day it starts to trickle off usually end of march or as temperatures start to warm up outside."added Rickles.

So like many of you my New Years resolution is to get healthy and of course the hardest part is actually sticking with it, but there is a few things we can do help us avoid giving up on these New Years resolution.

"Remind yourself why that goal is important. If it is important for you to play with your kids or your grand kids putting a picture of them somewhere where you can see it often can serve as a reminder. If you like to play a certain sport putting, you know, a reminder of that sport in certain areas to remind yourself why you are doing this." said Resident Psychologist at St. Peters Hospital, Patrick VanWyck.

According to VanWyk the hardest part of achieving the goal of simply getting fit and healthy is self criticism and with fitness goals it could ruin your success.

"Research has shown that setting those, being self criticism in that way actually leads to more unhealthy behaviors. It leads to eating unhealthy foods or watching more TV. In part I think because those things are comforting and when you endure criticism whether it is from yourself or someone else you seek more comfort and that increases your stress." said VanWyck.

A major factor in sticking to your healthy new years resolution is believing you can do it, and once again reminding yourself why it is important to you in the first place.

"An alternative to self criticism would be using your values to motivate your behavior and reminding yourself why you are doing that and why you are working towards that fitness goal." added VanWyck.

So as you and I continue these goals these simple tips may just help make our 2014 resolutions a success.

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