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Making your New Year's resolution to lose weight work out

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

It's that time of year again, when millions of Americans resolve to hit the gym and lose weight for the next year.

For many, that starts with purchasing a new gym membership.

"You know, it's a fresh year," says Gold's Gym General Manager Ben Daniel. "It's just that fresh start."

But the problem for many of Americans is that commitment to the workout only lasts a short time.

Daniel says they see the number of workout jump about 500 a day during the month of January.

But after a few months, those numbers decline back to average.

"They'll get what they want out of those first three months," he says. "Or they may not get what they want, and they give up."

Both are the wrong way to go about it, he adds.

But when it's so common to fall back into bad habits, how is it possible to stay resolute in your resolutions?

Personal trainer Osbar Dickinson says the best way to get the most out of your resolution is by setting realistic goals, such as losing one pound a week.

"That's probably the most important thing," Dickinson says about goal setting. "That way you can see progress. If you reach them, you can go over them. If you don't, you still have something to shoot for."

Also, don't solely focus on the scale, he adds.

"Your body might be doing something you can't see," Dickinson says. "You might not be losing weight, but your strength and cardiovascular health might be going up, and you're going to be healthier."

Doing this, he says, will help lead to a healthier you in 2013.

Other tips:

-Workout with a friend who can keep you accountable.

-Reward yourself when you meet goals.

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