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Resolve to keep your resolution this year

(NC) You did it again, didn't you? Resolved that 2014 will be the year you hit the gym, lose some weight, tone yourself up. Hey, you're not alone.

The hard part, of course, is making good on those good intentions. Too many of us start off strong, then start making exceptions and missing workouts, and pretty soon we're no longer exercising at all. Like any ambitious task, approaching it in bite-size bits is the way to go.

First, give yourself a little added motivation. Treat yourself to some stylish yet functional workout apparel - looking like you're ready to hit a workout can do wonders toward getting you going. Target carries the full line of C9 by Champion men's and women's activewear that is technologically advanced performance apparel combining fashion with function at affordable prices.

Now that you're suited up, start by finding little parcels of time that you can re-purpose into even moderate forms of exercise. Ten minutes here and ten minutes there can add up to considerable health benefits - and can become habits that are easy to keep. You'll know you're getting reasonable, sustainable exercise if:

• Your heart is beating faster than usual, but it's not racing

• You're breathing faster than usual, but you can still carry on a conversation while exercising

• You're warmer than usual, but you aren't dripping with sweat

Look for ways to build a brief but brisk walk into your daily routine, instead of driving. Need to pick up some milk or dry cleaning? There's a 10 minute walk right there. Keep track of how much exercise you manage to squeeze in - you may be surprised at how easy it is to get 60 minutes every day.

Again, the key is to take it in manageable chunks. A little here and a little there can add up to noticeable and gratifying results before you know it!

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