The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn into a new leaf, which is probably why so many people create a list of their New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a fresh start — an opportunity to get rid of bad habits and start anew. Your fitness routine tops the list of new year’s resolutions.

In the realm of fitness, deciding on which program to follow can be confusing and quite overwhelming. The internet and social media have inundated us with information about health, fitness and weight, and we sometimes find ourselves questioning if one is better than the other, or if it is just a trending fad. It is important to identify your fitness goals.

(1) Select a program specific to you and your lifestyle; (2) have a written schedule on the best time to do your exercise routine; (3) implement a program geared towards your personal vision so you can focus on the process instead of the outcome; (4) keep reminding yourself that you are a priority and you alone will reap the benefits; and (5) be realistic as possible and don’t over think it. Taking on too much all at once can be daunting, but focusing your effort on one specific goal makes keeping a resolution much more achievable.