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4 Your Health: how to remain resolute with your 2018 resolutions

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Here's a sour dose of reality to start the new year. Only about eight percent of people are able to keep their new year's resolutions. But there are ways to succeed.

If you've resolved to exercise experts advise starting slowly. Doing too much, too fast can lead to injury and that can completely derail your plans. For example, instead of running 5 miles, start with a brisk, half-mile walk.

Doctors advise most healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week. That breaks down to just over 20 minutes every day.

Ease in to weight loss

Advice to "start slowly" also applies if you're determined to lose weight. The experts advise starting with small changes like adding one piece of fruit to your lunch every day.

If you're hoping to cut back on soda, replace just one drink a day with water, then build from there.

Becoming tobacco free

Giving up smoking is one of the most popular new year's resolutions and while it's difficult it can be done.

Experts at the CDC advise getting through cravings by staying busy, chewing gum, keeping hard candy with you and to drink more water. They also say, when cravings hit, stop what you're doing and immediately switch to something different. Changing your routine can help.

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