It's just the second day of 2005 but already, more than 100 million Americans are estimated to be making new year's resolutions. For many, becoming physically fit and leading a healthier lifestyle is on the agenda.
"Most of America is generally overweight and not happy with their physique overall," says Jon Cunniff.
That's why resolutions to get into shape are so popular in the new year. Jon Cunniff, Certified Personal Trainer at Reaction Fitness, says it's best to take it slowly.
"Probably the most important thing is to not overdo it right at first. It's going to be hard, it's going to be a big adjustment for most people who lead a somewhat sedentary life outside of their job and everything," adds Cunniff.
Jon says no more than three workouts a week are sufficient to begin with.
"Watch what other people are doing, ask questions, just get started slowly and make sure to always listen to what your body's telling you. If you think you're working it too hard then you very well may be," says Cunniff.
And if you have trouble sticking to the program, you may want to find a workout buddy to help motivate you.
"Get some way to create accountability for yourself, you know a workout partner or maybe seeking help from a personal trainer that'll also help to make sure you're here on those days when it gets a little tough to get yourself up and motivated to come in," remarks Cunniff.
Experts say the surefire way to not keep your fitness resolution, is expecting unrealistic results.
"Essentially setting yourself up for failure is going to be coming in here and expecting the superman body in a couple of weeks or months or anything like that and not expecting to put the work and effort that it's going to take," added Cunniff.
While exercising is essential to becoming fit Jon says what you eat is more than half of the fitness equation.
"Having a good physique is about 65% controlled by your diet. The big thing is just to avoid saturated fats, things that get most of their calories from fat a lot of sugars; things that are high in cholesterol," says Cunniff.
Avoiding late night snacking, sodas and alcohol are other ways to cut calorie in-take. And though it may sound tempting, Jon suggests avoiding trendy diets.
"You don't have to do anything at all to the extreme, you don't have to deprive yourself in any way shape or form but just be moderate in what you're doing especially when you're eating," advises Cunniff.
Most importantly: expect to work hard to achieve your resolution, after all nothing in life is free especially when it comes to your health.
"It is going to be a challenge, it's going to be difficult, it's called working out for a reason, it actually is work to get in here and do this stuff every day," says Cunniff.
Studies show on average only about 20% of those with new year's resolutions actually keep them. Unfortunately, some of the biggest failures are found in fitness resolutions.
Should you attempt to beat those odds, experts suggest you always consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.