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Keep New Year's Resolutions

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The year may be changing, but one thing always stays the same - making a resolution is easy.

The question is - how do you actually follow through?

We discovered that a common theme to keeping most New Years resolutions is don't start on a grand scale - you're actually better off starting small.

Take the gym for example, a place where many people find themselves looking to make a change as the calendar is set to turn.

We want to start a family someday, so I want to be nice and fit, said recent gym member Lexi Donahue.

Donahue says working with a trainer at Aspen Athletic Club was a great way to ease her in, however if you can't afford to take that route it's best to start small, rather than going straight for the heaviest weight.

Just coming in and doing things that are easier and simpler the first few weeks, said Trainer Eligah Garey with Aspen. You can come in, ease yourself in a bit so it's not that intimidating.

For others, financial fitness is the number one goal. However, financial planners say approach 2014 with the right mindset.

Often times the two biggest problems we see are people clients don't have a plan, and they often get caught up in the day to day fluctuations of the market, said Brad Haverback, a Financial Planner with World Trend Financial.

Haverback has an optimistic outlook for the market in 2014, but it won't mean anything if you don't have a plan. Just like your physical fitness, the key may be starting small.

Spending less, saving more, maybe you don't buy that extra pop you were going to buy that day, Haverback said. Those small little steps you have, they add up in the long run.

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