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January 2018

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New Year's resolutions. What are yours? Losing weight. Quitting smoking. Better time management. Cleaning out clutter. No matter what your personal goal may be, there are certain things to do to be a success. "You have got to be committed to do that resolution and not just the health-related ones," said Vanessa Spiron, senior program director at the Goldsboro YMCA. "Figure out how you're going to be committed, have some- one that's going to check in on you. "Check in with yourself, whether it's a jour- nal or a reminder with someone who did the resolution with you." If improved health or weight loss is the goal and exercise is part of the plan, doing so with a group can be one way to be accountable. "Even if you don't know anybody in the group, you'll get to know people," said Alice Huneycutt, health and wellness programs coordinator at the Y. "Stepping out of your comfort zone, you can make new friends and form relationships." Silver Sneakers is a popular program and a good direction to go, whether just starting out or returning to an exercise routine. While it caters to older adults, it is not age-restrictive. Anyone can have fun doing the variety of exercises to increase muscular strength, improve balance and range of motion. And it can be modified. "There are exercises that are strictly chair-based but some allow 20 Sticking to it in 2018 From losing weight to cleaning out clutter, the beginning of the new year means the start of taking steps to improve your life. Story by Phyllis Moore • Photos by Casey Mozingo story continues on page 23 "A lot of people are intimidated. If you're nervous about getting started, there are so many things you can do — talk to the instructors, ask them questions." — Vanessa Spiron, senior program director at the Goldsboro YMCA

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