"New year, new me," experts weigh in on healthy new year tips

We often hear the phrase, "new year, new me."

That phrase often refers to one's goal of getting healthier in the new year.

Whether you are looking to make a lifestyle change or fit more comfortably in your clothing, local experts recommend focusing on your overall health as a way to achieve your goals in 2018.

YMCA Wellness Director Johanna Voss encourages those hitting the gym to start small.

"So whether you've never been working out or haven't for the past six months, start with two days a week. Then you can slowly for the month of January, you've hit those two days a week you've got eight workouts in, lets do three days,” says Voss.

She says gym-goers this year are looking for more specific results.

"We see more people moving towards small group training or personal training because they want specific results and so they need a little more one on one attention,” says Voss.

Gage Stephens with Nutrition HQ says planning ahead of time is key to living a healthier lifestyle.

"The most important thing is just to make sure you are eating consistently throughout the day and you are being very mindful of your proportions. You skip one meal you are going to over indulge on the other. That's just how it works,” says Stephens.

Stephens says getting an adequate amount of sleep is important for sticking to your resolutions.

"Make sure you’re getting proper sleep because if you are not sleeping enough at night your body is going to want to eat extra to get energy for the day," says Stephens.

Voss recommends going to the gym or meeting someone at the gym to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

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